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Mon Jun 16, 2014, 01:48 AM

The Case That Shows How Far Indigenous Mexicans Are from Achieving Equality

The Case That Shows How Far Indigenous Mexicans Are from Achieving Equality
By Andalucía Knoll
June 15, 2014 | 7:50 am

An outrageously faulty case in Mexico illustrates how the country’s indigenous citizens struggle to be treated fairly under the law.

In August 2006, police in the central Mexican state of Querétaro arrested a middle-aged indigenous street vendor named Jacinta Francisco Marcial, accusing her of kidnapping six federal agents during a melee months earlier at a market in the town of Santiago Mexquititlán.

According to town residents and eyewitness testimony, the agents, who were not in uniform, broke proper protocol in late March and illegally confiscated the vendor’s products. They raided the market under the pretext that it was selling pirated DVDs, which are ubiquitous in stalls across Mexico.

The vendors, suspecting that the “operation” was really a robbery on the part of the plainclothes agents, fought back.

Arguing and scuffling ensued. According to a brief on the incident written by Amnesty International, authorities that day agreed to negotiate with the vendors and compensate them for the merchandise. They also agreed that an agent would remain as collateral while the others collected the money. By 7PM the vendors had been paid, the agents had left, and the incident was over.


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Mon Jun 16, 2014, 02:43 AM

1. More about this story our own media never mentioned:

No justice in Mexico
The case typifies the lack of justice that indigenous people face in Mexico.

The figures are bleak: 98 percent of reported crimes go completely unpunished in Mexico, according to various government and independent counts, and tens of thousands of people serve months or even years in jail while awaiting a formal trial, suffering a lack of legal counsel, family visits, and medical attention.

The United States has for years tried to help Mexico upgrade its justice system through high-stakes funding campaigns such as the Mérida Initiative, but Amnesty International denounces the country’s flagrant human rights violations year a after year.

Following expressions of outrage from indigenous groups and human rights organizations, the charges against Jacinta were eventually dropped and she was released — on Mexican Independence Day — in September 2009, more than three years after her unlawful arrest. Mexico’s Supreme Court ordered the release of her two co-defendants the following April.

It was the first time that a Mexican citizen held the government accountable for a wrongful incarceration and was awarded reparations and a public apology.

“We live in a country that is extremely discriminatory towards indigenous people,” Martha Sánchez, coordinator of indigenous affairs at the Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute, told VICE News. “Indigenous women are continually viewed as criminals, and in the courts they are not provided with interpreters.”

Outrageous offenses are routinely committed against indigenous women in Mexico.

In May, an indigenous woman was forced to give birth in the bathroom of a hospital because doctors refused to admit her to an emergency room. It was the latest in an astonishing string of reported cases of indigenous women being denied adequate medical attention at public hospitals in Mexico.

Right across our border, all the way from California to Texas. What a ####ing shame.

Not so hot for minority citizens on this side, either, and I don't mean Cuban-Americans. This will end, in time.

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Mon Jun 16, 2014, 02:43 AM

2. Indigenous people have fought successful revolutions in Mexico.

Already besieged by narco gangs, the PTB would do much better to treat the indigenous people a lot more fairly.

Ending the stupid and futile war on drugs would also be a great idea, while they're at it.

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Mon Jun 16, 2014, 05:41 PM

3. Yes, they have a tremendous history.

Mexican people suffered terribly at the hands of oppressors before these powerful statements were made which brought levels of more freedom for them.

Things went right to hell, however, when George W. Bush militarized the War on Drugs with Calderon for Mexico, and violence exploded almost overnight, and has never abated, not for a moment,

Here's a quick reference, not the best, by far, but helpful for anyone who could use a refresher:

A Primer on Plan Mexico

Escrito por Laura Carlsen | 5 / May / 2008
Updated July 10, 2008

On June 30, President George W. Bush signed into law the “Merida Initiative”—better known as Plan Mexico—just days after it passed Congress as part of the Iraq supplemental funding bill. The measure had to go through several versions before finally being approved by both houses, as legislators went back and forth with the Bush administration and Mexico President Felipe Calderón’s government over human rights conditions.

In the end, even the weak conditions that had been placed on the bill were largely removed. Both administrations proclaimed themselves satisfied with the deal, and Congress hailed a new era in binational cooperation. But with human rights relegated to the sidelines, Mexican society and U.S.-Mexico relations face a militarized future in which the unchecked power of abusive security forces adds to, rather than resolves, the alarming violence of organized crime.

The final aid package of $400 million differs little in content and conception from the original version presented by President Bush on Oct. 22 of last year. According to the Bush proposal and authorization by the House of Representatives, the entire three-year package could allocate up to $1.6 billion to Mexico, Central American, and Caribbean countries for security aid to design and carry out counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, and border security measures.

Mexico and the United States face a joint challenge in decreasing transnational organized crime and they must cooperate to strengthen the rule of law and stop illegal drug and arms trafficking over the border. But in the rush to tag Plan Mexico on to the Iraq supplemental and demonstrate support for Mexico to Latino voters, many legislators paid little attention to the specifics of the measure. The initiative contains fatal flaws in its strategy. Its military approach to counter-narcotics work will escalate drug-related violence and human rights abuses and result in an inability to achieve its own goals.

Although presented as an unprecedented effort to fight burgeoning drug trafficking and violence related to organized crime in Mexico, the “Regional Security Cooperation Initiative” goes far beyond stopping the flow of illegal drugs. It fundamentally restructures the U.S.-Mexico binational relationship, recasts economic and social problems as security issues, and militarizes Mexican society.


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