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Zapatista leader denounces Mexican presidential frontrunner

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/06/20/mexico.zapatistas.ap/ Rebel leader slams Mexican presidential hopeful Lopez Obrador Monday, June 20, 2005; Posted:
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      http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/06/20/mexico.zapatistas.ap/

      Rebel leader slams Mexican presidential hopeful Lopez
      Obrador

      Monday, June 20, 2005; Posted: 9:29 a.m. EDT (13:29
      GMT)

      MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Zapatista rebel leader
      Subcomandante Marcos issued a blistering criticism on
      Sunday of Mexico's leftist front-runner in the 2006
      presidential race, Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel
      Lopez Obrador, accusing him of being authoritarian and
      overly ambitious.

      The rebel leader -- who had previously defended Lopez
      Obrador against attempts to knock him out of the
      presidential race -- went so far as to compare the
      mayor to widely despised former president Carlos
      Salinas de Gortari.

      "We believe there are the seeds of authoritarianism
      and a personal project that goes beyond a single
      term," Marcos said of the mayor's administration in a
      communique dated June, 2005 "from the mountains of
      Southeastern Mexico."

      "The image that Lopez Obrador has created of Carlos
      Salinas de Gortari is, in reality, a mirror."

      "Unlike what many people think, Lopez Obrador won't
      offer a return to the populism of the past," Marcos
      wrote, criticizing the mayor for moving toward the
      political center. "No, he will offer a 'modern'
      administration (which means doing the unfinished work
      of Salinas de Gortari)."

      Salinas de Gortari left Mexico in disgrace after the
      currency and economy crashed following his 1988-1994
      term. Lopez Obrador frequently accuses the former
      president of being at the center of a vast, shadowy
      right-wing conspiracy aimed at preserving his power
      long after his term ended.

      Marcos led a 1994 uprising by the Zapatistas in
      southern Chiapas state in the name of Indian rights.
      The movement has long condemned the nation's three
      main political parties, including Lopez Obrador's
      Democratic Revolution Party.

      In a March statement, Marcos opposed efforts to strip
      Lopez Obrador of his immunity from prosecution,
      calling it a "preventative coup" aimed at keeping the
      mayor out of the 2006 race, which he leads in the
      polls.

      But even then he was careful to say he didn't support
      Lopez Obrador, whom he described as "left-of-right
      (and maybe not even that.)"
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