Zapatista peace camps threatened
March 19, 2007
Chiapas state authorities have declared a “Huitepec-Alcanfores Natural Protected Area” in exactly the location where a “Zapatista Communitarian Ecological Reserve” had been declared weeks earlier. The Zapatistas say the Huitepec area, just outside the highland city of San Cristobal de Las Casas, is coveted by corporate interests for its resources—both its timber and its watershed, for a local Coca-Cola bottling plant. The local environmental group Maderas del Pueblo (Timber for the People) called the government’s move a “provocation.” (La Jornada, Frayba, March 14; Narco News, March 13)
Meanwhile, the activist network De Todos, Para Todos reports an arrest for illegal fishing near the encampment that Zapatista supporters have established at El Mayor, in Baja California, near the US border. The camp was established in support of the right of the local Cucapa indigenous peoples to fish in their traditional waters. (DTPT, March 10)
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