National Sections of the L5I:

Mexico

Mexico: defend the people of Oaxaca

The Oaxaca commune has been defeated and a wave of repression has been unleashed.

Keith Spencer argues that while the popular movement has been thrown back, the masses in Mexico must come out on the streets to defend Oaxaca and drive Calderon from office Read more...

Worldwide solidarity to halt the Mexican state repression against the People’s Assembly of Oaxaca!

Anticapitalist and working class forces around the world must also protest this repression and demand the immediate withdrawal of the army and the police, the release of the political prisoners and the handing over of the murderers to popular justice. Read more...

Mexico: revolution on a knife-edge

[Editors note]A possible deal may have been brokered between the masses of Oaxaca and the federal government. Even if such an agreement is made it will not remove the hated governor of Oaxaca or solve the underlying problems of Mexican society. Mexico is still in the grip of a revolutionary situation. Read more...

Mexico: Masses must take power

Over the past few months Mexico has entered a revolutionary situation. In March strikes by copper miners and steel workers erupted. In the state of Oaxaca, a 70,000 strong teachers demonstration in May led to a mass occupation of the main square calling for better pay and state aid for poor students. Read more...

Mexico: greet the president with mass action

Populist candidate for president, Lopez Obrador, has challenged the outcome of the elections after appearing to lose by a few thousand votes to Calderon of the right-wing National Action Party. Read more...

Zapatistas: The “first post-modernist guerilla group”?

With Mexico’s economy in deep crisis, in September President Ernesto Zedillo invited the EZLN to particiapte in National discussions on political reform. They immediately accepted. This came in the wake of an unofficial referendum in Chiapas which revealed that a majority of the population wanted the Zapatistas to abandon “the armed struggle” and form a political party. Despite the EZLN’s statement that they would never give up their weapons, the EZLN is on the brink of entry into ‘normal’ Mexican bourgeois politics? Keith Harvey looks at the Zapatistas’ recent evolution and argues that there has always been a reformist logic behind the revolutionary rhetoric. Read more...

Uprising in Chiapas: reforms prompted by rebellion

The uprising of the EZLN (Zapatistas) in Mexico caught the government off guard. Stuart Corby reports. Read more...

Mexican peasants take up arms

Regional peasant risings in Latin America do not normally make front pages of our newspapers day after day, writes John McKee, but the seizure of the southern Mexican town of San Christobal de las Casas by several hundred armed guerillas on New Year’s Day was different. Read more...

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