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.
March 29, 2001 |
Masked Zapatista rebels took the floor of Mexico's Congress on Wednesday to argue for an Indian rights bill, a historic appearance that raised hopes for an end to their seven-year conflict with the government. Two dozen Zapatistas, unarmed and wearing their trademark ski masks, filed past congressional deputies and took seats in two rows directly in front of the speaker's lectern.
March 27, 2001 |
Even though the negotiators managed to reach a last-minute agreement to continue their talks, no one involved with this week's planned meeting between Zapatista rebels and Mexican legislators is under any illusion about the difficulty of the road ahead. Details of how the negotiations for an Indian rights law will proceed, who will represent the two sides and the timetable for an accord are unknown, and could present serious sticking points.
March 25, 2001 |
Subcommander Marcos, in an interview published Saturday, said the Zapatistas are ready to give up their military character in favor of the political process. "The movement has no future if its future is military," Marcos told Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Colombian editor Roberto Pombo of Cambio magazine. "If the [Zapatista National Liberation Army] remains as an armed military structure, it will fail.
March 23, 2001 |
In an effort to salvage peace in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico's Congress voted to let Zapatista rebels speak before lawmakers to promote an Indian rights bill. Legislators passed a measure requiring at least 100 members of the 628-seat Congress to be present when the rebels make their pitch. Rebel leader Subcommander Marcos said the Zapatistas accepted Congress' proposal and would postpone their return to the jungle, which had been scheduled for today.