The fight for the rights of indigenous peoples continues in Mexico. Self-organized rebel communities coexist with Coca-Cola and religion in a surrealistic mix of anarchism and imperialism.
Today, San Cristóbal in the state of Chiapas is a popular tourist town. If we go back 25 years in time, until January 1, 1994 – the same day the NAFTA agreement officially came into force – the Zapatist guerrilla EZLN rode into San Cristóbal, equipped with its distinctive wooden rifles. They entered the town hall, threw the computers out of the windows and declared war on the Mexican government.
Fight for the rights of indigenous peoples
I find little here that testifies to the struggles that took place in the 90 years, but the conflict is still ongoing. Most recently in 2014, a teacher was killed when paramilitary attacked Zapatist collective La Realidad, an event that caused the famous subcomandante Marcos to change his name and reject all personal worship.
Coca-Cola's new plant has better access to water than the civilian population.
Facing Ny Tid, the Zapatistas emphasize that the struggle for the rights of indigenous peoples has been going on for 500 years, ever since the Spanish conquest. . .
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