Category Archives: Mexico

Mexico | In Mexico, Solidarity Versus the State

by Christy Thornton

The horrifying coincidence of this week’s devastating earthquake in central Mexico, coming on the 32nd anniversary of the temblor that killed more than 10,000 people in 1985, has led observers and survivors to draw constant parallels between the two disasters. But if the corruption and ineffectiveness of the state took some by surprise in 1985, unraveling the last threads of legitimacy of PRI single-party rule, today there is no ambiguity. The truth that Mexicans came to know in 1985 has only been reinforced: once again they insist, as they have so many times in recent years, and again in recent days, fue el estado. It was the state.

Mexico | Zapatistas launch Anti-Trump coffee to help immigrants

Mexico’s Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) has announced it will begin selling organic coffee from Chiapas to help migrants persecuted by US President Donald Trump.

Working alongside allied international distributors, the EZLN will use coffee sale funds to provide financial assistance to US deportees in Mexico. They will also use funds to support pro-immigrant resistance groups around the world protesting anti-immigrant governments.

Mexico | 156 Healthcare Workers in the Region of Palenque, Chiapas (Mexico), Reinstated in Their Jobs

By Russell Aguilar Brindis and Misael Palma

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Chiapas, Mexico — On December 20, 2016, the officials of the Ministry of Health in the southeastern state of Chiapas announced that 156 striking healthcare workers in the region of Palenque, who had been fired for protesting against the privatization-destruction of Mexico’s public healthcare system, would be immediately reinstated in their jobs, with full back pay.

Mexico | Over 1,600 people arrested for looting during gas hike protests in Mexico

Over 1,600 people have been arrested for looting across Mexico over the past week, during protests against the sharp rise in gasoline prices, the Interior Ministry announced Tuesday.

In an interview with Mexican TV station, Televisa, the Under-Secretary of the Interior, Rene Juarez, said that around 480 commercial centers had been sacked during acts of vandalism since Jan. 3, especially in the center, east and southeast of the country.

Mexico | Frustrated Classmates of Mexico’s Ayotzinapa 43 Attack Military Base

The protest comes as more evidence surfaces pointing to the involvement of Mexican soldiers in the disappearance of the 43 students.

Classmates of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students attacked a military base in Chilpancingo Wednesday, the capital of Mexico’s violence-ridden Guerrero state, amid frustrations over the failure of authorities to get to the bottom of the case more than two years after the students went missing.