It is true that the Mayans and other native groups have been
fighting for autonomy, justice, and illegally confiscated land
against anyone who would deny them those (not just the
Spanish) for a long time The most desperate tend to be
illiterate, without income-producing resources, and lacking in
skills other than traditional ones little valued by our modern
However, the "structural adjustment" policies of the 80s caused even
further hardship on the poor in Mexico just as it did here in the
U.S. under Reagan and in other countries which followed that path.
The Mexican upper classes have prospered during the last decade and
NAFTA has been designed to help them and their businesses (take a
look at the document, which is available by FTP or gopher via
several sites), not the poor or landless. "Trickle down" of some of
the prosperity is the best they can hope for and that may take a
very long time to arrive. Thus NAFTA is a very appropriate
target/symbol for them.
If you have concerns about the treatment of the natives by the
Mexican army et al., please write, call, fax, e-mail, etc. to the
White House, your Congresspersons, and any of the following. The
Mexican people are getting very distorted news and cannot respond
accurately, so we ought to. For international newswire coverage
subscribe to Mexico-L (Internet) or read the newsgroup soc.culture.
mexico (Bitnet) and read the several daily news service submissions
by Sabine Astete, which are in English.
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