Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Mexican People Judge the State

The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) (www.tppmexico.org) was born in 2011 ‘from below’ and, for that reason, has not appeared in the country’s main media outlets – focussed as they are on counter-information and misinformation. As a … Continue reading

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MEXICO: CNTE returns to Zócalo

31-01-14 Mexico City – A Little over four months since they were violently evicted from the Zócalo (the main square of Mexico City), teachers from the CNTE union have returned to what is formally known as the “Constitution Square” to … Continue reading

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MEXICO: The Right of Citizens to Arm Themselves

Community police forces and Autodefensas (self-defence forces) have appeared in eleven Mexican states, in what has been not only an important national event but also an international event. Not every day do people decide to arm themselves. Much less do … Continue reading

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MEXICO: Camacho Solís on the Zapatista Uprising

“They Were Not Conventional Guerrillas” When the Zapatistas rose up against the government on the turn of the New Year in 1994, the Mexican government was caught on the back foot. The initial response of President Salinas was to crush … Continue reading

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EZLN Sympathisers Migrate Due to Harassment

In the last three years, aggression towards EZLN (Zapatista) sympathisers in Mexico has intensified. As a result, displacement has increased, with many finding refuge in Acteal.   PUEBLA EJIDO*, Chiapas – At 2pm on 20th July 2013, the Puebla Ejido’s … Continue reading

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VENEZUELA: “The ‘Bachaqueo’ is Destroying Zulia”

27/01/14 – On the Colombian border, food and petrol are regularly smuggled into the neighbouring country in a process known as ‘Bachaqueo’. This practice has been common in the state of Zulia since time immemorial as a way of making … Continue reading

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MEXICO: Autodefensas Sign Agreement with Government

The government has announced an agreement with the Autodefensas in Michoacán to establish their legality. However, it was careful to call their existence ‘temporary’. One of the conditions of the agreement is that a list of the names of Autodefensa … Continue reading

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“Raise your voice” to end the fighting in Michoacán

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, January 23, 2014 The civil society organisation Las Abejas of Acteal [a pacifist group from Chiapas fighting alongside the Zapatistas for justice and against neoliberalism since 1992] called on people to raise their voices … Continue reading

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Autonomy in Chiapas, the EZLN, and Lekil Kuxejal

“What is autonomy?”   A 10-year-old questions his parents at a meeting between hundreds of people from around Mexico and a group of EZLN (Zapatista) members in preparation for the third cycle of the “Zapatista School for Freedom”.   His … Continue reading

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At anniversary of Zapatista uprising, rebellion belongs to all

Originally posted on dorset chiapas solidarity:
Zapatista 20th Anniversary   At anniversary of Zapatista uprising, rebellion belongs to all Marta Molina Thousands of people flocked to Oventic, one of the Zapatistas’ five political centers, to celebrate the new year and the…

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