What you need to know:
This November 10, the Broad Front candidate for Mexico, Xóchitl Gálvez, received the baton of command from indigenous communities in Mexico.
That Friday, November 10, 18 indigenous municipalities of Chiapas handed over the baton of command to Xóchitl Gálvez, pre-candidate of the alliance between the PRI, PAN and PRD heading for the 2024 federal elections.
Gálvez committed on the spot to comply with the San Andrés Larráinzar Agreements.
Xóchitl Gálvez received the baton of command in Chiapas
In the event held in Chiapas, the state where the candidate is on tour, representatives from San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chalchihuitán, Chenalhó, Mitontic, Tenejapa, Oxchuc, Aldama, Larráinzar, San Juan Chamula, Zinacantán, Chanal, San Juan Cancuc, Ocosingo and Comitán.
They explained that by handing her the baton they recognize her as the national leader of the Broad Front for Mexico and it is a representation that they will accompany her during the electoral process.
But what are the San Andrés Larráinzar Agreements? On February 16, 1996, the federal government signed these agreements with the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN).
These are the first agreements on indigenous rights in Mexico but at the end of the day they were not fulfilled. The objective was to modify the Constitution, granting rights such as autonomy to the indigenous peoples of Mexico and give attention to the demands for justice and equality.
Just to give us an idea: the bill would recognize, among other things, that indigenous communities and peoples have the right to freely and democratically elect their representatives. But… what does the baton mean?
The baton of command is the representation that indigenous peoples have of the leadership of a specific person. That is to say, the object that the leader of a certain community must have.