[R-G] En;News,Marcos breaks silence,blasts Supreme Court decision,Sep 11 (fwd)
Tom_Childs at Douglas.BC.CA
Tom_Childs at Douglas.BC.CA
Wed Sep 11 20:30:45 MDT 2002
...The Sup reappears after sooo long! Regards, -tc
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Subject: News,Zapatista leader breaks silence, blasts Supreme Court decision,Sep 11
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 15:09:03 +0200
Zapatista leader breaks silence, blasts Supreme Court decision
Zoltan Simon, TheNewsMexico.com - 9/11/2002
Zapatista rebel leader Subcommander Marcos broke more than a year's silence
Tuesday by blasting last week's Supreme Court ruling that upheld a
controversial Indian Rights law.
In a brief statement published on the Zapatista National Liberation Army's
(EZLN) Website, Marcos equated the Court decision to the federal government
"turning (its) back on Zapatista efforts to search for a peaceful and
negotiated end to war."
His comments came four days after the high court ruled it had no
jurisdiction to overturn the Indian Rights Law, which was originally
negotiated between the EZLN and the government to grant greater autonomy to
But critics charge the law passed by Congress is a watered-down version of
that agreement and actually weakens Indian communities' control over natural
resources located on their land. Indigenous groups arguing they were not
adequately consulted about the final legislation filed 330 constitutional
challenges to have the law annulled.
Soon after Congress approved the law in April 2001, the EZLN broke off all
contact with the government in protest.
The Zapatistas have maintained a tense truce with the government since
staging a brief armed uprising in 1994 in the name of Indians rights and to
call attention to the plight of Mexico's 12 million indigenous, most of whom
live in marginalized conditions.
Marcos' communique' also coincided with a march by hundreds of Zapatista
supporters in the Chiapas city of San Cristobal de las Casas who were
protesting the Court ruling.
The march became violent after protesters overturned a vehicle belonging to
the National Security Agency (CISEN) and threw rocks at the office of the
government's peace negotiator.
Social organizations warned the Supreme Court's ruling could lead to
increased violence in Chiapas, a state ravaged by political, religious, land
and ethnic disputes.
Blanca Martinez, director of the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights
Center in San Cristobal, told TheNewsMexico.com Indians feel state and
federal government officials, as well as Congress and the courts have
ignored their demands.
"Whenever you feel excluded in this way, violence can't be ruled out,"
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