On February 22nd, more than 700 people gathered in what they called the First State Assembly in support of the nation and state project headed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the Casa Mazariegos convention center in San Cristobal de Las Casas. As reported, the participants included “representatives of all indigenous ethnic groups (Tzeltal, Tzotzil, Tojolabal, Chol and Lacandon, among others) and Afro-Mexicans from Chiapas, religions, campesinos, social leaders of the different ideological currents of the state, entrepreneurs, free thinkers and citizens.”
The act began with an indigenous ceremony led by a speaker of the Mam language and then a statement signed by the group “Chiapanecos for Peace and Development” was read, first in Spanish and then in the indigenous languages represented in the meeting.
They expressed their “total and unconditional support for all social programs and projects such as the Dos Bocas refinery, the Trans-Isthmus Corridor, the Maya Train and the long-awaited Pijijiapan-Palenque road section, which as a whole will, without a doubt, achieve the development that our state longs for and deserves so much, since, as it has always said, for the good of all, first for those who have less through the construction of the Palenque-San Cristobal-Pijijiapan highway.”
Finally, they invited the President to “on the date he decides be an honorary witness of a work group in which all those convinced in Chiapas will smoke the pipe of peace and sign the social reconciliation and pacification of our beloved state.”
For more information in Spanish:
Chiapanecos, a favor de programas sociales y proyectos de AMLO (La Voz del Sureste, 24 de febrero de 2020)
Realizan Primera Asamblea Estatal en apoyo al proyecto de nación que encabeza López Obrador (Prensa Libre, 25 de febrero de 2020)
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