9 Zapatista Sympathizers Jailed in Mexican State of Morelos
The nine jailed activists are members of The Other Campaign movement connected to the Zapatista National Liberation Army or EZLN. | Photo: AFP
Members of the Zapatista-aligned movement have repeatedly suffered harassment, threats, and intimidation at the hands of security forces in Morelos.
Nine people with connections to Mexico’s revolutionary Zapatista movement have been detained in the south-central state of Morelos and claim they have been victims of police and military harassment, the Mexican daily La Jornada reported on Sunday.
A group of soldiers and Morelos state police had initially arrested a total of 12 members of The Other Campaign of the Zapatista National Liberation Army or EZLN on Saturday, but three minors have since been released. Nine remain jailed in the Jojutla municipality in the central state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City.
The 12 activists, including the three underage youth, were detained violently, according to La Jornada.
The detainees are aligned with the revolutionary Zapatista militia, pictured marching in solidarity with the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students. I Photo: AFP
The detainees were traveling in a vehicle when soldiers stopped them in the name of conducting a routine search.
According to information from The Other Campaign of the EZLN in Morelos reported for La Jornada, those stopped by the soldiers refused to be arbitrarily searched and called members of their movement for support, while the military officials called in police backup.
Police then detained the activists. Although only three minors have been released, La Jornada reported that it is likely that police do not have grounds to charge the remaining nine detainees with crimes to justify their arrest.
The town where the nine detainees are jailed, Jojutla, is located less than 30 miles south of Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos, and just over 20 miles from Temixco, one of the most violent municipalities in the state where newly-inaugurated Mayor Gisela Mota was murdered Saturday one day after beginning her term in office.
Cuernavaca, Temixco, and Jujtla in the Mexican state of Morelos. I Source: Google Maps
According to the detainees’ organization, members of The Other Campaign movement have repeatedly suffered harassment, threats, and intimidation at the hands of security forces in Morelos.
The arrest of the EZLN allies comes one day after the Zapatistas celebrated the 22nd anniversary of their revolutionary struggle on Jan. 1. The movement for indigenous self-determination vowed on Friday to continue fighting for democracy, freedom, and justice.
The Other Campaign of the EZLN was launched by the Zapatistas, based in the southern state of Chiapas, in 2006 with the aim of connecting the Zapatista movement to other grassroots struggles across the country.
Subscribing to the principles of the Zapatistas’ Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, a declaration of revolutionary movements’ vision for the country, The Other Campaign focuses on fighting capitalism and neoliberalism in Mexico.
Please note, although taken from La Jornada which only mentions La Sexta, this article refers to the Other Campaign, which is no longer in existence.
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