Attack on Zapatistas

Mexico News and Analysis: October 15-21

173 1 - ZAPATISTAS AGAIN UNDER ATTACK
2 - SEVEN FEDERAL OFFICERS ARRESTED
3 - GORDILLO RENEWS POWER BASE
4 - POLICE RAID TEACHERS COLLEGES

The Zapatista Junta of Good Government in Oventic denounced escalating provocations against Zapatista bases in the community of Jechvo in the highland region north of San Cristobal de las Casas.  The complaint revolves around PRI and PRD leaders in the area prohibiting Zapatista support bases from accessing water. See enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx to read the denouncement.

2 - SEVEN FEDERAL OFFICERS ARRESTED
Seven security officials, including three members of an elite federal organized crime unit, were charged this week with providing the powerful Sinaloa cartel with information on the timing of raids and the progress of investigations, according to Cuitlahuac Salinas, head of the organized crime unit.  One of the accused worked previously at the Supreme Court and another was reportedly close to Attorney General Marisela Morales.  Cartels may spend as much as US$12 billion a year buying politicians and security officials.  Corruption among high ranking officials is nothing new.  In 2008, the head of the organized crime unit, a former General vetted by the US before he was appointed, was accused of taking $450,000 a month from the Sinaloa Cartel.

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Mexico News and Analysis: October 8 - 14

169 1 - ZAPATISTAS CONDEMN ATTACKS BY PAN AND PRD MILITANTS (http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/)
2 - CARTEL LEADER KILLED – MAYBE
3 - BORDER PATROL KILLS TEENAGER IN MEXICAN TERRITORY
4 - POLICE AND MILITARY TORTURE INCREASING IN MEXICO
5 - SENATE PASSES MONEY LAUNDERING BILL
6 - LABOR REFORM RUNS INTO OBSTACLES

The Junta of Good Government in La Realidad, located in the southern canyon region of Chiapas, issued a public condemnation of PAN and PRD militants affiliated with CIOAC Historico, a group of coffee-growers, for attacks against Zapatista support bases in ejido Guadalupe, municipality of Las Margaritas.  The public denunciation follows a series of escalating incidents in Zapatista communities in different parts of Chiapas that include armed attacks, land displacements, and imprisonment of Zapatista supporters.  Increasing public condemnations by Zapatista authorities in recent months coincide with official indifference or support for the attackers at the federal, state and local levels, leading to a potentially explosive situation.  The Mexico Solidarity Network calls on the political class in Mexico to end its war of attrition against Zapatista communities.

2 - CARTEL LEADER KILLED – MAYBE
The Mexican Navy killed the leader of the notoriously violent Zeta cartel last Sunday night, then lost the body when armed men stole it from a local funeral home early Monday morning.  The blunder left many Mexicans wondering exactly who was killed.  Navy officials claimed they didn’t know Heriberto Lazcano, aka Lazca, was the victim until checking fingerprint databases. However, US officials knew the identity before the body disappeared, leaving Mexican officials looking incompetent at best.

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