[A significant movement is growing in Mexico , where tens of thousands of peasants, workers, and indigenous people have been killed in wave upon wave of battles for control of the drug trade between massive criminal syndicates (gangs) that are part-and-parcel of the corrupt and oppressive Mexican police and military. The international media routinely paints this picture in racist slanders against Mexican people, or as a moral campaign against drugs–and never portray it as it is — the result of bankrupt comprador political relations and of an economy so dominated and suffocated by imperialism (and its instruments such as NAFTA) that the people have been forced into either starvation, virtual enslavement by drug lords, or the migrants’ life — the dangerous forced migrations to el Norte, where xenophobia and criminalization and repeated deportations by ICE frame much of the life. Today, there is a growing mass movement to stand up to these criminal gangs AND the corrupt police, expressed in part by this weekend’s protest march from Cuernevaca to the Zocalo in Mexico City. — Frontlines ed.]
AlJazeeraEnglish on May 8, 2011
The protesters say they are frustrated with the growing violence between warring drug gangs and security forces.
Al Jazeera’s Franc Contreras reports from Mexico City
[Criminal drug cartels that prey on migrants–people who are vulnerable and criminalized–have attacked again. The failures of the Mexican state to provide any basic services or protections for the poor, and the gauntlet of the US’ militarized border and War on Drugs which migrants face in their struggle for life and work, are the setting for this massacre. This horrific act highlights the need for a revolutionary movement to champion the migrants and all oppressed, against the Mexican capitalist state, the predatory cartels, and the militarized xenophobia of US imperialism. See the two news articles, followed by the statement from the National Network on Immigrant and Refugee Rights, below.-ed.]
Wednesday 25th August, 2010
Police in Mexico have found a migrant link in an incident in which 72 people were found murdered at a ranch in Tamaulipas state.
Government security agents have said the 58 men and 14 women who were murdered had come from South and Central America in an effort to reach the United States.
Their bodies were found on Tuesday, after a shoot-out between suspected drug traffickers and security forces.
A surviving member of the group told police they had all been kidnapped by an armed gang that had insisted they become drug mules.
Authorities only became involved when the surviving man managed to escape and alerted marines at a nearby checkpoint. Continue reading