CCRI on PROCUP and PT claims of links to the EZLN


[La Jornada]
June 3, 1994

To the people of Mexico:
To the peoples and governments of the world:

Brothers:

The Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee-General Command of the EZLN addresses itself to you in order to declare the following:

First: It has come to our attention that people who say that they are members of the organization Revolutionary Workers Clandestine Party-Union of the People (Partido Revolucionario Obrero Clandestino-Unio'n del Pueblo, PROCUP) have declared in certain places in the United States that PROCUP has links with the Zapatista National Liberation Army, and that the EZLN is the "armed wing" of PROCUP. These people have gathered funds implying that "they are for the EZLN."

Second: The Zapatista National Liberation Army declares that it has absolutely no relationship or link with the PROCUP. The EZLN has never had any contact with PROCUP, it is not part of PROCUP's structure, it does not have anything to do with PROCUP. The funds gathered by PROCUP were in no way gathered for the EZLN.

Third: In several townships in the state of Chiapas, members of the organization called Workers Party (Partido del Trabajo, PT) have tried to convince the campesinos to vote for them in the upcoming elections in August by saying that the PT is in contact with the EZLN and that "they have an agreement from Insurgent Subcommander Marcos," to support the PT in August.

Fourth: The Zapatista National Liberation Army declares that it has absolutely no relationship or pact with the PT. Leaders of the PT have never met with Insurgent Subcommander Marcos, nor with members of the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee of the EZLN. We do not support the PT in the upcoming elections in August.

Fifth: We urge these different organizations not to use the EZLN's name for their benefit, and we ask them not to lie about supposed relationships that they do not have with the EZLN.

Sixth: We call on the Mexican people and on the peoples of the world to not let themselves be deceived. When the EZLN has contact or a pact with an organization, we will let it be known publicly in a communique', as we have done before with CEOIC and Conac-LN.

Democracy!
Freedom!
Justice!

Respectfully,

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


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