Supporters of the Zapatista Naitonal Liberation Army (EZLN) blocked roads at 18 points in Chiapas Nov. 21 in support of the struggle in Oaxaca and to press demands for the resignation of the embattled state’s Gov. Ulises Ruiz. The Chiapas state government secretary Roger Grajales Gonzalez said the blockades involved hundreds of indigenous Zapatista supporters, and were carried out in a peaceful manner.
Blockades were held on the San Cristobal de las Casas-Palenque route through the Highlands, the Ocosingo-Yajalon-Tila route through the Zona Norte, and at various points in the Selva. Federal Preventative Police (PFP) were on hand to back up the state police forces mobilized to the scenes, but no violence was reported. (El Universal, Nov. 20)