CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2001 |
Four activists from Greenpeace Mexico unfurled a banner blasting President Bush's environmental policies from an electrical transmission tower at this beachfront town in Baja California. More than a dozen security guards, municipal officers, firefighters and an ambulance were called to the scene. No arrests were made. The Rosarito power plant is being expanded to meet the demands of California consumers who face rolling blackouts.
June 24, 2001 |
Seventeen mayors and thousands of residents from Chiapas state gathered in San Cristobal de las Casas to protest changes to an Indian rights bill aimed at restoring peace to the troubled region of Mexico. The bill, which calls for regional autonomy for Indian areas on issues such as native languages and traditional government, was sent to Congress in December. After months of legislative debate, a heavily amended version passed in April.
May 16, 2001 |
Thousands of educators marked the national Day of the Teacher with protest marches against inadequate salary increases and a proposed federal tax on food, medicine and books. At least 10,000 teachers clogged Mexico City's main streets and gathered in its massive central plaza to object to an 11% salary increase negotiated by the government and teachers union representatives late Monday. Some teachers wanted as much as 100%. Teachers in Mexico City earn, on average, $750 a month.
March 12, 2001 |
Tens of thousands of supporters welcomed Subcommander Marcos and 23 other Chiapas rebel leaders as their caravan rolled triumphantly into the Mexican capital's main square, ending a 2,100-mile trek from their southern stronghold and opening an uncertain political chapter in Mexico's modern democracy.
February 28, 2001 |
Riot police beat and kicked rock-throwing protesters Tuesday during demonstrations to demand that political and business leaders gathered at a resort hotel here do more for the world's poor. Several bleeding protesters were loaded onto ambulances, and many more suffered cuts and bruises. About 30 were detained in the fracas, which occurred shortly after Mexican President Vicente Fox delivered the closing speech at the World Economic Forum's meeting.
February 26, 2001 |
Seven years after he and his ragtag band of Maya Indians seized this placid colonial city in an armed rebellion that stunned the world, Subcommander Marcos was back, armed this time not with a gun but with a speech. In that moment this weekend, the Zapatista rebels' struggle for indigenous rights shifted from a military theater where the guerrillas had no prospect of victory to a political stage--one where they may well be capable of challenging the new national government as agents for change.