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Zapatista Caravan arrives in Mexico City

11-03-2001 23:00

On Sunday March 11, the Zapatista Caravan arrived in the capital, greeted and cheered by an impressive crowd of more than 200.000 people awaiting them in the central square of Mexico City. For two weeks, 24 commanders of the EZLN and hundreds of supporters had been travelling through several Southern Mexican states, staging rallies to mobilise civil society. The EZLN commanders are now refusing to leave Mexico City until all Zapatista prisoners are released, Mexican troops withdrawn from the state of Chiapas and a bill guaranteeing the political and cultural rights of the 10 million indigenous Mexicans is passed. For more news and a detailed account of the various stages of the caravan look at our Zapatour features page.

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Zapatista Caravan to Mexico City, Thursday, March 8;

08-03-2001 00:00

Thursday, March 8: On the International Day of the Rebel Women and the 12th of the march, the EZLN caravan entered the Federal District of Mexico City. The day began in Cuautla (Morelos) with the scheduled event being cancelled after the security teams reported they had found an unidentified man carrying a weapon. In Anenecuilco (Morelos) the EZLN delegation visited the museum built around the ruins of the house where General Emiliano Zapata was born and met Zapata's son and daughter.

- EZLN statement at the International Day of the Rebel Women
- 12th day, 5th message and an abundance of good words (La Jornada)
- Narco News report from Anenecuilco
- Sunset in Cuautla (pic)

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Zapatista Caravan to Mexico City, March 2nd;

02-03-2001 23:00

Friday, March 2: The Zapatista delegation arrived in city of Nurio (Michoacán) to participate in the Third Indigenous National Congress. More than 1000 delegates have attended the first session of the 3 days event that brings together representatives of indigenous communities from all over Mexico.
Mayan representatives have expressed their doubts about Vicente Fox's "good will". They accused the Federal Government of only having interest in gaining publicity, and not being fully committed to a "just and dignified peace". They also reiterated that the main demands of the indigenous peoples of Mexico are still the same as the resolutions of previous Indigenous Congresses: the withdrawal of military bases and the dismantling of paramilitaries not only from Chiapas, but from all the indigenous communities.
The General Command of the EZLN has confirmed that it is still waiting for reports on yesterday's crash in order to determine if it was indeed and accident or an attack. It also laments the death of the military official that was 'escorting' the caravan.

- Indigenous National Congress Info Page (english)
-Image of Nurio,site of the Indigenous National Congress (pic)

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Zapatista Caravan to Mexico City, March 1st

01-03-2001 00:00

Thursday, March 1: The Caravan reached the state of Quéretaro where there are Zapatista political prisoners incarcerated. The local governor, Ignacio Loyola Vera (well known for his strong opposition to any form of negotiation with the EZLN), left the state capital of Querétaro (Quéretaro) in sign of protest.
The day began with a tragic road accident in which one of the buses of the caravan ran over two police officers of the escort, killing one. Because of the delay caused by the accident the caravan was unable to get to Nurio (Michoacán) where the Third Indigenous National Congress is due to begin on March 2nd.

- EZLN communique regarding road accident
- People protects EZLN commanders after their bus has crashed (pic)
- EZLN in Querétaro (article from La Jornada)
- Caravan welcomed in Queretaro (pic)

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Mexican protesters blockade WEF meeting

01-03-2001 00:00

sit in protest
Mexico has recently been the scene of a series of events related to the evolving anti-globalisation and anti-capitalism movement. Not only are the Zapatistas currently marching towards Mexico City, accompanied by hundreds of supporters from all over the world, but protests have also occurred against a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Cancun. On February 26 and 27, 400 protesters blockaded the main road leading onto the hotel strip where the meeting was taking place. After almost four hours, the blockade was violently broken up by police. Sixty demonstrators were arrested, a large number of people were seriously injured. According to mainstream news agencies, Mexican President Fox has reacted furiously to the excessive police violence.

[ Report 1 | Report 2 | Report 3 | IMC-Mexico ]

[Naked protest | demonstration | street blockade | police | police arrest injured protester ]

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Zapatista Caravan to Mexico City, Feb 26th

26-02-2001 23:00

Monday, February 26: Passing through Tehuantepec and Villa de Mitla, the Caravan was travelling to the state capital of Oaxaca, Oaxaca. During the night at Oaxaca, the buses of the Italian supporters miraculously disappeared. A sabotage action by anti-Zapatista groups was considered the most likely cause for this incident. Read more.

-Article in La Jornada on the Oaxaca rally
-The Caravan in Oaxaca (video)

Meanwhile in Cancun, protests and actions took place against a meeting by the World Economic Forum.
[report 1 ¦ report 2 ¦ picture 1 ¦ picture2]

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Zapatista Caravan to Mexico City, Feb.25th

25-02-2001 23:00

Sunday, February 25: The Zapatista Delegation left San Cristóbal, Chiapas, and was moving through the State of Oaxaca via Tapanatepec and La Ventosa. It stopped to salute a concentration of indigenous allies at the border of Oaxaca, before taking part in the central event of the day - a rally in Juchitán. The citizens of Juchitán were the first to rebel against Mexico's ruling party in 1982. Read first hand account.
See a gallery of images from the first two days of the caravan.

-Communique about the threats to the EZLN¹s Caravan
-Irish anarchist reports from San Cristobel on Zap march

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EZLN caravan to Mexico City

02-02-2001 00:00

This month the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) released several communiques.about its delegation's trip to the capital of the Mexican Republic.

From the General Command of the EZLN, 24 Commandantes will leave Chiapas for Mexico City on February 25. The stated purpose is to "expound upon the virtues of the Cocopa's legislative proposal - which faithfully reflects the San Andres Accords - to the legislators of the Congress of the Union". The 'caravan' will cross through the lands of the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, Quere'taro, Michoaca'n, the State of Mexico and Morelos, and ending in Mexico City.

Since 1994 the EZLN has been demanding that those governing recognize the rights and culture of indegenous peoples in Mexico. Already a delegation of between 200 and 300 Italians, groups from San Francisco (US), Switzerland, Argentina and France will be accompanying the EZLN delegation - some for the entire route.

[ IMC Chiapas (Spanish) | Official EZLN page (English) | Chiapaslink | First hand account from Chenalho | Marcos on Chiapas IMC | Photo ]

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EZLN demands to new Mexican government

14-01-2001 23:00

Following recent developments in Mexico after the election of the new Federal government headed by Vicente Fox, the EZLN defines its position regarding the possibilities for a peaceful solution to the war in Chiapas.

[ EZLN demands to new Fox government | Communique from the EZLN General Command | Letter from Subcommandante Marcos to outgoing President Zedillo | Call for support of indigenous rights | Chiapaslink | Photo ]

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Background: Masking up to be seen

02-01-1994 00:00

On January 1 1994, the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) took over several towns in the southernmost Mexican state of Chiapas - timed to coincide with the implementation of the NAFTA 'freetrade' agreement.

Since then, they have been demanding basic human rights and social justice for the indigenous and rural communities of the area. Autonomous communities have meanwhile been set up: which have organised education and health care; collectivized the land; and implemented a grassroots approach to direct democracy decision-making. Outside Chiapas, the Zapatistas are also known for their radical rejection of neoliberal capitalism, as well as for moving away from the traditional strategies of many past guerilla movements in Latin America.