The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) has declared its opposition to plans of the new president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The president has called for the creation of a National Guard force of 50,000 that critics say will expand militarization and oppression in the country. The government is also moving forward with mega-projects without meeting with indigenous communities impacted by the projects, such as with the “Maya Train.”
“We will fight, we will face, we won’t allow him to come here with his destructive projects,” Subcomandante Moises of EZLN said. He did not name Obrador directly, “We don’t fear his National Guard, a name chosen instead of army.”
Once a strong critic of militarization, Obrador now proposes the creation of a National Guard force trained and commanded by the military.
The Zapatistas met with two indigenous communities in October and drafted a text stating that the new federal government represented a threat to indigenous communities with the Cancún to Palenque “Maya Train” project, its trans-Isthmus projects and the expansion of economic zones. To fight the government’s plans, they said they would create Networks of Resistance and Rebellion.
Subcomandante Moises, said the new president will “destroy the people of Mexico, but mainly the ordinary people. They come for us, especially the EZLN.”
January 1st marked the 25th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising.