Michoacan: peasant ecologists arrested

Two peasant ecologists, Don Marcos Paz and Bulmaro Cuiriz, adherents of the Zapatista “Other Campaign” and the local Unión de Comuneros Emiliano Zapata (UCEZ), were arrested March 9 in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, on what the UCEZ says are false charges of property destruction related to their efforts to defend the land rights of the Zirahuen indigenous community. UCEZ says the developers of a tourism project have illegally encroached on forested areas of the Zirahuen community. (La Jornada, March 14; UCEZ, March 9)

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