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Mexican Government Admits Zapatista Drug Reports Untrue

Not me | 22.07.2005 15:48 | Repression | Social Struggles | Zapatista

So this is sort of old news i guess, but no sign of it in the archive and pretty ironic in light of the Mexican government's recent welcome of the Zapatistas' new political initiatives.

"Mexico admits Zapatista drug report untrue

MEXICO CITY, June 23 (Reuters) - The Mexican government admitted on Thursday that a military report of marijuana plantations in Zapatista rebel territory that raised tensions in the state of Chiapas was not true.

A Defense Ministry report on Monday had said almost 200 soldiers destroyed 44 marijuana plantations in Chiapas in three drug raids on rebel soil last week.

But government spokesman Ruben Aguilar acknowledged the raids were not in areas controlled by the Zapatistas.

"The three municipalities where they found those 44 plantations are not in the Zapatistas' zone of influence but near them," he told journalists.

Zapatistas and their supporters abandoned dozens of the villages they control this week after elusive leader Subcomandante Marcos announced the group was holding consultations on "a new step in the struggle."

It was unclear what direction the rebels, who emerged in 1994, might take. There has been no fighting in the region for years. "

How Aguilar defines "near" the Zapatistas' area I don't know -

"In fact, the towns of Tapilula, Pueblo Nuevo Solistahuacán and Rayón (the three places where marijuana plants were found) are outside of the the wide fence tended by the Federal Army around the indigenous region of Chiapas since 1995. There aren't even military bases there, just Judicial and local police encampments and bases." - Hermann Bellinghausen, La Jornada, 22June 2005.

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