Mexico: high court justice dismisses EZLN as “folklore” group

Mexico’s Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN), now convening an international forum on indigenous rights at Vicam, Sonora, are protesting comments by Supreme Court Justice Aguirre Anguiano dismissing the rebel movement as “folklore.” The statement came in a case brought by 44 indigenous-majority municipalities, led by Coxcatlán, San Luis Potosí, challenging several articles of the federal telecommunications laws as failing to comply with constitutional changes on indigenous rights approved in 2001. Justice Aguirre argued for cutting off the debate, finding the claim without merit. When Justice Genaro Góngora Pimentel stated that the constitutional changes were part of the San Andrés Accords, which emerged from the government’s peace dialogue with the Zapatistas, Aguirre responded: “For me… this is an ideological group and part of the national folklore…whose leaders…13 years ago declared war on the Mexican Army and have not fired one shot.” (Proceso, Oct. 9)

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