MIM: Plebiscite or People's War? Sep

Harry M. Cleaver hmcleave at mundo.eco.utexas.edu
Mon Sep 11 10:57:30 MDT 1995


This posting has been forwarded to you as a service of Accion Zapatista de Austin.

NOTE BENE: Just in case you've been wondering what the Maoists are saying
about the Zapatistas, here's a sample: forget talking to people and get
on with "people's war". The lack of political imagination of some people
never ceases to amaze.

Harry


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     -   MIM Notes 104, September 1995  -

ZAPATISTAS ATTEMPT LIBERATION THROUGH
FIRST WORLD REFERENDUM

July 26, Northampton, MA - El Comite Pro Democracia
en Mexico organized a small video presentation and
informational meeting about the Zapatista National
Liberation Army (EZLN). The EZLN and the
Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Mexican
government have been engaged in negotiations since
April; little besides a ceasefire has come out of
the negotiations. The Zapatistas' demands include
land, housing, jobs, food, health, education,
culture, information, independence, democracy,
liberty, justice and peace.

The EZLN is fighting the single-party rule of the
PRI which is pro-imperialist, fascist, and
unconcerned with the plight of indigenous Mexicans.
The Zapatistas have invited people across Mexico as
well as abroad to vote in a five-question
international plebiscite about the future of the
EZLN as a political force. The questionnaire
reflects the Zapatistas' approach of using
spontaneous mass insurrections and sporadic
violence as a prod for negotiations. The Communist
Party of the Philippines criticizes this strategy
of subordinating military struggle to elections and
negotiations extensively.

First World activists may be flattered at being
asked to decide internal Mexican issues, but this
is a Mexican matter, to be decided by Mexican
activists and not by people in the First World who
lack the knowledge to make informed
recommendations. The international referendum
approach is less successful than a protracted,
self-reliant people's war which creates a
committed, mass base for revolution. The Zapatistas
should stop polling First Worlders for their
opinions, and apply the strategy of people's war as
it was successfully implemented by the Communist
parties of China and Vietnam and as it is being
used today in the Philippines and Peru.

Note: Rebolusyon 1/1/93.

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