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  • Dan Clore
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      News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
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      http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=385543&CategoryId=14091
      Report: Mexico’s Zapatistas Focusing on Health, Education

      SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico – The Zapatista National Liberation
      Army, or EZLN, formed five autonomous governments in Mexico’s Chiapas
      state in 2003 that are now focusing on creating basic education and
      health infrastructure, as well as operating the Autonomous Zapatista
      People’s Bank, or Banpaz, the European Solidarity Brigade said in a new
      report.

      Brigade members spent time last summer in the region under Zapatista
      control and learned about efforts being made to improve the lives of
      residents of the 40 autonomous municipalities, the aid group said.

      The autonomous communities are run by councils based in Oventic, La
      Garrucha, Morelia, La Realidad and Roberto Barrios.

      Banpaz is making loans of between 5,000 pesos and 10,000 pesos ($400 and
      $800) to Indians who have health problems, but the “extension of loans
      to agricultural cooperatives is being studied,” the brigade said.

      “The Zapatista Bank was created in January 2008 and is based on a fund
      collected thanks to the 10 percent toll on roads charged to the
      government,” the report said.

      Indians pay only 2 percent annual interest on loans, while the average
      on loans from commercial banks is around 16 percent, the report said.

      The report, which was prepared by the Madrid Platform for Solidarity
      with Chiapas, includes videos, audio, photographs and notes from the
      European Brigade.

      The report was released on Saturday by the Center for the Documentation
      of the Zapatista Movement.

      The European Solidarity Brigade for Chiapas has members from unions and
      grassroots groups in Greece, Italy, Austria, France, Switzerland and Spain.

      Chiapas, one of Mexico’s poorest states, has a large Indian population,
      and many indigenous people supported the uprising staged nearly 20 years
      ago by the EZLN.

      The overwhelmingly Indian Zapatistas launched an armed rebellion on Jan.
      1, 1994, the military phase of which lasted only a few days.

      EZLN supporters in hundreds of communities in Chiapas have declared
      themselves to be in “rebellion” and refuse to pay taxes and utility bills.

      --
      Dan Clore

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