How the consultations with the communities was done


[La Jornada]
June 3, 1994

To the people of Mexico:
To the peoples and governments of the world:
To the different non-governmental organizations:

Brothers:

The Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee-
General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army addresses itself to you in order to declare the following:

First: The CCRI of the EZLN, as we have have recently reported, has finished its consultations in all of the communities that make up the EZLN.

Second: In order to inform the Mexican people about the details of the internal and external consultations that we have carried out regarding the peace accords that the federal government presented to us during the dialogue in San Cristo'bal de las Casas, the CCRI of the EZLN wants to report the following figures from the internal consultations:

--The consultations took place in every community and ejido where there are members of the EZLN.

--The study, analysis, and discussion of the peace accords took place in democratic assemblies. The voting was direct, free, and democratic.

--After the voting, official reports of the results of the assemblies were prepared. These reports specify: the date and place of the assembly, the number of people who attended (men, women and children older than 12 years old), opinions and principal points discussed, and the number of people who voted.

--Of the Zapatista population who took part in the consultations, 100% were Indigenous, 49.54% were adult men, 42.13% were adult women and 8.32% were children over 12 years old.

--After studying, analyzing, and discussing the peace accords, those in attendance could vote on whether to sign the peace accords or not sign them.

--In addition, after voting yes or no to the peace accords, proposals were made about what actions we should take.

Third: At this time we are counting the votes of the internal consultations and analyzing the results of the external consultations. We will continue to inform the Mexican people about the results.

Democracy!
Freedom!
Justice!

Respectfully,

Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee
-General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army


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