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National Indigenous Congress opens in Cideci
The National Indigenous Congress (CNI) meets in San Cristóbal de las Casas from October 9 to 14, 2016. The CNI & EZLN issued a joint communiqué, which included the schedule of the activities. Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page for words from these activities.
1. Atenco Women’s case will finally reach the Court – The case of the Atenco women that police sexually and violently assaulted while in custody has finally been sent to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, an arm of the Organization of American States (OAS). Some of the women are Mexican and others are internationals. The sexual assaults occurred during state of Mexico and federal police violence inflicted on everyone that was in San Salvador Atenco on May 3 and 4, 2006. In addition to state and federal police using rape as a weapon of torture against women, the attack on Atenco is thought to represent an act of repression against the Zapatistas’ Other Campaign, which was traveling through Mexico at the time and had been in Atenco shortly before the police attack. The case is also significant because Mexico’s current president, Enrique Peña Nieto, was governor of the state of Mexico at the time his state police perpetrated the attack.
2. The education project of the new right– Raúl Zibechi describes the education agenda of the new and very scary Latin American right. They want to get rid of any leftist influence from teachers!
3. Freedom for Luis Fernando Sotelo – In her Los de Abajo weekly column Gloria Muñoz Ramírez writes about the sentence the court imposed on Luis Fernando Sotelo, the young adherent to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle: 33 years and five months in prison plus a fine of $519,815 pesos (around $26,000.00 US dollars). Luis Fernando is the young man referred to as “party to war and resistance #44” in the recent joint comunicado. Muñoz Ramírez. Good article!
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