August 11, 2003 |
Latin America's most famous active guerrilla had not been seen in public in more than two years. So an expectant hush fell as hundreds of Zapatista rebels linked arms to form a security corridor for the awaited entry of their ski-masked, pipe-smoking leader down a steep path to this mountain hamlet. But Subcommander Marcos did not show. To a disappointed crowd, one of his subordinates made the cryptic announcement Saturday that Marcos had fallen ill with "a bellyache from laughing so much."
August 9, 2003 |
Zapatista rebels in the mountain village of Oventic, Mexico, kicked off a three-day public party featuring a ski-masked marimba band and other people with concealed faces. Reporters were told not to conduct interviews. Along with truckloads of masked Zapatistas, many wearing traditional clothing of local Indian cultures, hundreds of foreign supporters attended.
March 1, 2003 |
Scores of Zapatista rebel supporters seized an American-owned tourist ranch in the southern state of Chiapas on Friday, the owners and government officials said. Rebels denouncing foreign influence in Mexico have said they want to drive out the American owners of the Rancho Esmeralda, and since mid-December, residents of the rebel village of Nuevo Jerusalem have blocked roads leading to the ranch.
November 26, 2002 |
A newspaper published a dispatch from reclusive Zapatista rebel leader Subcommander Marcos, a letter laced with scatological humor and insults for major Spanish political figures. Marcos called Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon "a grotesque clown" and labeled Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar "an imbecile" in a letter dated Oct. 12 and published by La Jornada.
December 24, 2001
Thank you for the very touching and revealing "A Husband Lost, a Son Born in 'Dirty War' " (Dec. 15), about political activists who were "disappeared" in the 1970s in Mexico. Uncovering these past secrets of Mexico's "dirty war" is very important for improving human rights conditions there; however, we must also remember that these types of events are not isolated to the past--they are occurring right now. Over the past decade, Mexico has increasingly relied on its army to police its countryside.
July 31, 2001 |
Zapatista sympathizers blocked main highways in the southern state of Chiapas, protesting Mexico's approval of a watered-down Indian rights bill. The demonstrators also urged President Vicente Fox to free nine Zapatista sympathizers from jails, disarm paramilitary groups and stop "political repression." They blocked highways for hours across the state, bringing traffic to a halt.