January 18, 2001 |
The Mexican army abandoned another jungle base in the southern state of Chiapas, as the government moved closer to meeting the demands of leftist Zapatista rebels. President Vicente Fox has now shuttered four of the seven Chiapas bases whose closure the rebels have demanded. The rebels accuse the army of abusing Indians and supporting paramilitary gangs. They also demand passage of an Indian rights law and the release of about 100 imprisoned rebels as a condition for restarting peace talks.
January 2, 2001 |
Zapatista rebels marked the seventh anniversary of their 1994 Indian rights rebellion with praise for Mexican President Vicente Fox's efforts to restart peace talks--and a warning that his actions don't go far enough. A day after the government announced that it was closing a second military base in a conflict zone of the troubled southern state of Chiapas, the Zapatistas said they would settle for nothing less than the closure of all seven bases located near rebel strongholds.
December 23, 2000 |
The new administration in Mexico closed a controversial jungle army base in a unilateral gesture of goodwill toward Zapatista rebels, whose supporters had protested daily outside the facility for more than a year. The base--the first to be closed in Chiapas state--was handed over to villagers Friday, the third anniversary of the 1997 Acteal massacre, as part of President Vicente Fox's strategy of wooing the leftist rebels back to peace talks stalled since 1996.
December 2, 2000 |
Within hours of President Vicente Fox's inauguration Friday, Mexican troops began pulling back from jungle and mountain conflict zones in Chiapas state, government officials said, in a confidence-building measure that could improve prospects for peace. In his inaugural address, Fox reached out to the Zapatista rebels of Chiapas, saying he will submit a peace plan to Congress as his first legislative act. He added that actions speak louder than words in ending the Chiapas conflict.
January 7, 2000 |
To cries of dismay Thursday from human rights activists, the government has brought deportation proceedings against 43 foreigners, including 34 Americans, who joined New Year's celebrations to mark the sixth anniversary of the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas. Immigration officials said 12 of the foreigners have been told to leave the country. Hearings are still pending in the remaining 31 cases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1999
Supporters of Zapatista rebels delivered 15,554 symbolic ballots to the Mexican Consulate on Wednesday as part of a worldwide referendum in support of the uprising in the state of Chiapas. The balloting took place on all continents, organizers said. The referendum addressed the Mexican political system, military, and the rights of 10 million indigenous Mexicans. "The people here in the U.S.