1. The EZLN Issued 2 Comunicados – The first is a joint demand with the National Indigenous Congress for the freedom of the Yaqui leader Mario Luna, arrested to repress the Yaqui struggle over water rights. The second comunicado is an anti-capitalist editorial by Subcomandante Moisés in the recent Zapatista Rebel Magazine. It is called: Beyond the Sharing.
2. Proposed Route for the San Cristóbal-Palenque Super-Highway – The proposed route is now public and we posted an article about the Super-Highway (with map) and the resistance to its construction from large numbers of Indigenous peoples. Written by Gaspar Morquecho, it’s a good read!
3. Three Sexta Adherents from San Sebastián Bachajón (SSB) Arrested and Tortured – They were arrested on false charges, tortured until they confessed and sent to prison while awaiting trial. The repression against SSB continues and is related to the the community resistance to a mega-tourist development and the Super-Highway.
Mexico’s Southern Border
1. Central American Migrants In Mexican Prisons – The Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center (Prodh) released a report that concluded: In addition to the risk of being extorted, kidnapped, disappeared, tortured and murdered, Central American migrants run the risk of being criminalized and incarcerated by the Mexican State.
2. Immigration Agents Beat Migrant Rights Defenders and Steal Equipment – On September 18, migrant rights defenders from the “Brothers on the Road” organization, which maintains a shelter just across the Chiapas border in Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca, were pulled off the train known as “The Beast,” beaten and robbed of their photographic and video equipment by Mexican immigration agents. The migrant rights defenders were investigating complaints of mistreatment from migrants at the shelter when they were pulled from the train, beaten and robbed.
In other parts of Mexico
1. Police Kill 6 Students in Guerrero; 22 Police Held – On September 26, in Iguala, Guerrero, municipal police and “pistoleros” killed 6 students of the Ayotzinapa Normal School that were organizing a collection of funds to attend the October 2 commemorative march in Mexico City. As of this writing, there is one student that is brain dead and on life support, 22 injured and 42 students listed as “missing.” Observers says that 20 of the missing were carried off in police trucks. Mexican analysts say that Iguala is a key drug trafficking city, where organized crime gangs operate. This is an ongoing story and the facts are still unfolding. According to the Los Angeles Times, 22 police have been held in the deadly attack.
Compiled monthly by the Chiapas Support Committee.The primary sources for our information are: La Jornada, Enlace Zapatista and the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba).
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