Narco-Politics in Chiapas: A Time Bomb that Increases the Risk of Another Massacre

Blocked roads, populations under siege, shootings every night, dozens of houses burned and the absence of authority, are some of the conditions that some 6,000 displaced persons from Chenalhó and Chalchihuitán suffer. Photo courtesy of the priest Marcelo Pérez Blanche Petrich Three weeks ago, the parish priest of Simojovel, Marcelo Pérez, started to tour the…

7,000 Displaced Due to Violence in Chiapas

Violence and displacement escalate due to conflict in Chiapas Those displaced from Chalchihuitán, Chiapas. Photo from Proceso. Isaín Mandujano TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, Chiapas The director of the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba), Pedro Faro, warned that another massacre like Acteal could occur in the Los Altos region of Chiapas if the federal…

War in Chiapas: Armed Groups Displace Five Thousand Indigenous People

EDUCA Translated by Internationalist 360° Surviving in the most precarious conditions, in the mountains, with hunger, thirst and cold, some five thousand people including men, women, children and the elderly of diverse communities of the municipality of Chalchihuitán fled, displaced by armed groups that operate in the neighboring municipality of Chenalhó, with whom they maintain…

CNI in San Cristóbal: Constructing Something New from Below

Radio Zapatista Marichuy speaks in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico The plaza of the San Cristóbal cathedral, affectionately called Plaza de la Resistencia (Resistance Plaza), was full. A four-deep wall of women and men from communities belonging to the National Indigenous Congress guarded the stage where members of the Indigenous Government Council and…

The Legacy of Dennis Banks

Interview with Russell Mean’s brother and AIM co-founder Bill Means, following Banks’ passing… Dennis J Bernstein Noted civil rights activist Dennis J. Banks, who co-founded the American Indian Movement and championed indigenous rights in the face of continuing oppression of Native Americans, died on Oct. 29 in his native Minnesota. He was 80 years old….