Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Goin' Way Down South

We're going south for a few days, to San Cristobal de las Casas, to visit a friend who moved there over a year ago. The last time I was there, I never got to see much of the city, so there are no plans to wander very far from the bars-and-cafes district, wherever that may be. Also, it appears that things remain tense out in the campo.

Here's a recent dispatch from Morelia, where yr. humble corresp. can be seen hard at work in the picture at right (basically, my job is to crouch down a lot and look concerned):

On May 22, a large group of armed men from the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) invaded the Zapatista Caracol of Morelia, cutting off the community's electricity and attacking people in their homes throughout the night. The gunmen wounded over 20 Zapatistas, six of whom were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Alrighty, then! The pretext for these recent incursions is that the government is searching for marijuana, an utterly laughable excuse given the Zapatista's Taliban-inspired approach to drugs and alcohol. (Trust me on this. The day we spent in Morelia - running several hours behind schedule, with Rather desperate to catch the last plane out of town - was one of the most stressful of my adult life. If anyone in that town was holding, I would have found them.)

But this time, it's strictly tourism. So if you're in the region, drop by the hotel and buy us a drink. Or sell us some marijuana. It'll be our secret.

We'll be back on Monday, but will post as frequently as we can until then.

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