Tuesday, May 3, 2011

FNS News: Zapatistas Join Drug War Protest

May 3, 2011

Human Rights News
Zapatistas Join Drug War Protest
By Frontera NorteSur
Photo by Brenda Norrell/Censored News/Marcos in Sonora

As momentum builds for the May 8 protest against violence and impunity in Mexico, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) announced its support for the movement started by poet Javier Sicilia.

In a communiqué dated April 28, the EZLN leadership declared it would

wholeheartedly support the struggle by conducting a silent march of

Zapatista base communities in the Chiapas highland city of San Cristobal

de las Casas on May 7.

In a pronouncement signed by the Zapatistas’ legendary Sub-comandante

Marcos, the EZLN said it would terminate the march with readings of

statements in Spanish and indigenous languages.

The Zapatistas sharply condemned the Mexican government’s anti-organized

crime strategy as a “psychotic military campaign by Felipe Calderon

Hinojosa” that has turned into a “totalitarian argument” for spreading

fear across the nation.

In response to Sicilia’s earlier call to place name plaques of victims of

violence in public plazas, the Zapatista statement mentioned the names of

15 people killed in the Ciudad Juarez neighborhood of Villas de Salvarcar

in 2010 and the 40 children who perished in the notorious ABC day care

center fire in Hermosillo, Sonora, in 2009.

The EZLN also urged its supporters in Mexico and throughout the world to

support the movement launched by Sicilia and supporters last month, which

arose after the poet’s son and companions were murdered in Cuernavaca,

Morelos, by an apparent organized crime group.

Until this year, the Zapatistas had been largely silent on the so-called

drug war that’s ravaged Mexico during the past few years.

Backed by prominent public figures like Eduardo Gallo, former president of

Mexico United against Delinquency, and Malu Garcia, persecuted activist

with the anti-femicide group Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa of Ciudad

Juarez, Sicilia and friends plan to begin a silent march from Cuernavaca

on May 5 and then arrive in Mexico City for a massive rally the following


In the heart of the Mexican capital, the activists are expected to call

for the signing of a national reconstruction pact at an undetermined time

in Ciudad Juarez.

In addition to the main protest in Mexico City, similar events are

expected to take place May 8 in more than 40 Mexican cities and at least

20 foreign ones.

Father Alejandro Solalinde, well-known Oaxaca migrant advocate, called the

May 8 mobilization the best chance Mexico has had to “remake a country

that’s going to the pits and put an end to violence, corruption and


Additional source: Proceso, April 30, 2011. Article by Jose Gil Olmos.

Frontera NorteSur: on-line, U.S.-Mexico border news

Center for Latin American and Border Studies

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico

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