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Cease Fire Against Ostula

In Ostula, the Nahua defend their ancestral territory and autonomy against a marriage of extractivism, organized crime, and State impunity, a pattern of violence against indigenous peoples that recurs from Sonora to Michoacan, and on to Chiapas.

Raúl Romero shares some history.

More than 280,000 inhabitants of the border area of Chiapas trapped between drug cartels

As part of their strategy, the drug cartels have intensified the forced recruitment of the population. According to testimonies from family members, people are being forced to demonstrate on the highways, to lead marches in support of one group or another, or to serve as hired assassins. They are forced to participate as human shields and soldiers in the war between Mexican cartels for control of the country’s southern border. They have been unable to leave the area for two weeks. On Saturday, September 23, a line of men and women were forced to stand in two lines on the …

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