Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


Elections in Chiapas

StoryAugust 22, 2000
Watch iconWatch Full Show

The state of Chiapas, home to the majority of the Zapatistas and also one of Mexico’s poorest states, made history on Sunday by ousting the deeply entrenched PRI, which in July lost control of the country for the first time in more than 70 years when Vicente Fox won the presidential elections.

Pablo Salazar, an independent senator at the head of an eight-party alliance wrested control from the PRI party to become the new governor of Chiapas.

In a state where violence by military and paramilitary forces towards the local indigenous people is common place, there were grave fears for the safety of voters. Thousands of electoral officials and independent observers who fanned out across the state on Sunday to keep an eye on voting reported only scattered problems. For most voters, casting their ballots was an act of courage.

Survivors of the 1997 massacre of 45 people in the village of Acteal marched for four hours through the mountains to vote in Los Chorros, the town that had expelled them, and home to many of their paramilitary attackers.

Pablo Salazar focused his campaign on the still unbrokered peace with the Zapatistas. He pledged to reduce the military presence in Chiapas, solve the religious, ethnic political and land disputes, and promote dialogue between the government and the Zapatistas. Salazar even charged the current government with antagonizing the Zapatistas and their supporters through an increased military presence that he said fomented violence and stalled peace talks.


  • Luis Hernandez, a journalist with the Mexico daily, La Jornada. He has extensively covered Chiapas.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation