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January 17, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Carlos Salinas de Gortari said he wants a general amnesty for all sides in a conflict in the southern state of Chiapas and ordered a special session of the Mexican Congress to consider the plan. He said the offer will give rebels who launched a New Year's Day uprising for indigenous rights no excuse not to lay down their arms.
June 21, 2005 | From Reuters
Mexico's Zapatista rebel group, which emerged in 1994 to fight for Indian rights but has been quiet in recent years, put its forces on alert Monday, but it was unclear what prompted the action. The Zapatistas, known by the acronym EZLN, said in a statement that they were grouping their fighters, closing down their radio station and pulling out of villages they control.
February 15, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Indian rebels have agreed to release a former Chiapas state governor they have been holding since Jan. 2, the government's peace envoy said. Gen. Absalon Castellanos Dominguez, seized by Zapatista National Liberation Army guerrillas at his ranch a day after the uprising began, will be released Wednesday at a site yet to be announced, envoy Manuel Camacho Solis said.
August 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
April 17, 1994 | Reuters
A band of gunmen assaulted a military roadblock near the Chiapas state capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez Friday and one soldier died in the hourlong shootout, Mexico's defense ministry said. It was not known if the attackers, who fled into the surrounding hills, suffered any casualties, the ministry said in a statement.
October 24, 1995 | Reuters
Mexico's attorney general's office said Monday that police had arrested key Zapatista rebel leader Fernando Yanez Munoz in Mexico City earlier in the day. A spokesman for the attorney general's office said Yanez, known by the Zapatistas as "Comandante German," had been caught bearing weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle. He was being held in the capital's Oriente jail, the spokesman added. It was not immediately clear what charges would be brought against Yanez.
February 18, 1994 | From Associated Press
Rebel and government negotiators will meet Monday at an undisclosed location in southern Mexico to try to negotiate an end to a 7-week-old uprising. The government's peace envoy, Manuel Camacho Solis, announced Thursday that the talks will be in the southern state of Chiapas but said he would not specify where until Sunday for security reasons.
August 27, 1999 | Associated Press
A confrontation between Zapatistas and Mexican soldiers in the southern state of Chiapas has left nine people wounded, rebels and military authorities said. The Defense Ministry said 40 people armed with sticks, machetes and rocks attacked a patrol Wednesday near San Jose la Esperanza "in a clear provocation." Seven soldiers and police were wounded.
June 24, 1994 | Reuters
President Carlos Salinas de Gortari on Thursday named the head of the government Human Rights Commission as his new peace envoy to Mayan rebels in the southern state of Chiapas. He said Jorge Madrazo Cuellar would be responsible for beginning a new round of talks with the rebels of the Zapatista National Liberation Army. Madrazo, a lawyer, will replace Manuel Camacho Solis, who resigned last week after the rebels rejected a 32-point peace plan Camacho Solis had proposed in March.
January 23, 1994 | Reuters
Government peace envoy Manuel Camacho Solis said Saturday that he is ready to meet Indian insurgents to seek the release of a former governor kidnaped in the early hours of their New Year's uprising in Chiapas state. Camacho, speaking to reporters in San Cristobal de las Casas, did not disclose when or where the meeting would take place.
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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.
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
October 20, 1998 | From Reuters
A surprise initiative from Mexico's Zapatista rebels has pumped new life into what has been a stalled drive to win peace in the state of Chiapas. But political analysts said Monday that an end to the often bloody conflict appeared unlikely--at least until the nation's presidential election in 2000. They said problems ranging from tough rebel demands and deep mistrust to the guerrillas' apparent aim to play a role in the election would probably prevent a definitive peace.
February 22, 1995
Activists allied with Mexico's Zapatista National Liberation Army rallied in Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to protest the multibillion-dollar U.S. loan guarantee program for Mexico approved Tuesday and the Mexican government's military deployment in the southern state of Chiapas.
March 21, 2001 | Associated Press
Expressing "absolute will to achieve peace," President Vicente Fox on Tuesday made a dramatic appeal for a meeting with Zapatista rebel leaders, who say they plan to leave Mexico's capital and head back to the jungle Friday. Fox announced that he will meet more of the rebels' conditions for talks, transforming three military bases into community centers and freeing more Zapatista prisoners.
March 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Blaming "caveman politicians" for failing to act quickly on an Indian rights bill or to let them address Congress, the Zapatista rebels said they will return to their jungle strongholds this week. The 24 rebel leaders, who made a dramatic two-week march through much of the country to rally support, had said they would camp out in Mexico City until a sweeping Indian autonomy bill became law. But their chief, Subcommander Marcos, expressed frustration at dealings with some lawmakers.
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