Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Who said something about "low-intensity" war?

This morning, I was listening to Miguel Angel Granados Chapa, leading voice of a morning news show that sometimes provides interesting comments about Mexico´s current political situation. He commented on a newspaper note (http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2009/08/04/index.php?section=politica&article=014n1pol) about the privation of freedom of 5 indigenous young women in Chiapas. He said that "Chiapas is not, as many people say, living under a state of low-intensity war from the Mexican government; instead, indigenous people in Chiapas are victims of religious conflicts given the diversity of spiritual beliefs characteristic of the region".

What kind of religious conflict, I wonder, is responsible for the persistent violent actions of the Orcao group against indigenous people that are living under zapatist autonomy for the last 15 years or so?
(The Orcao group, a so called cooperativist group of coffee growers, has been identified in the past with paramilitary activities)

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