Land Rights

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, March 25, 2019, 08:15 (554 days ago) @ islandgirl

One of the things that distinguishes Mexico especially from the USA's treatment of indigenous people is the fact that over and over there have been serious efforts to protect indigenous cultures and their land rights, going back as far as the Conquista. While indeed there were great wrongs done, there were also great differences from the very beginning. The participation of Emiliano Zapata in the Revolución was based on this. So it is still possible today to find indigenous communities on the same lands where their ancestors lived and worked for centuries if not millennia.

Unfortunately because the Mexican and the US governments agreed to stupidly ban popular recreational substances popular mostly among US consumers, entire communities are being run off their lands now used for the cultivation of poppies by organized and violent criminals. Anyone watching the HBO series "Narcos" can clearly see how meddling by the USA via the DEA and the CIA has only worsened the problem and cost endless innocent lives and livelihoods. I'm sure some of you remember when Ronnie Raygun had the USA running dope to buy arms to give to the Contras and particularly to the Iranians after making a deal with the Iranians not to release their US hostages until AFTER Ronnie Raygun took office. What a guy!

So ever since the DEA handed the major share of the narco trade to the Mexican cartels on a silver platter, and ever since US consumers decided again that heroin was what they wanted (thanks to the USA's Sackler family creating millions of new addicts), organized criminals have found it lucrative to grow poppies here in Guerrero. Farmers either cooperate or abandon their lands. Tens of thousands of people, mostly indigenous people, have been and continue being run out of their communities and off their lands in the past 20 years or so as this business grows and becomes more lucrative. This has created a heavy migration of people from the sierra to cities such as Mexico City, Iguala, Chilpancingo, Acapulco, Coyuca, Atoyác, Tecpan, Petatlán, and Zihuatanejo. The military and the police have been woefully outnumbered thanks to the cartels having access to seemingly endless resources to purchase and smuggle arms from the USA into Mexico apparently without hardly any effort thanks to the policies of our neighbors to the north and their mental affliction regarding firearms.

Thus the pressure is on all these municipal governments to somehow absorb the thousands of mostly indigenous people fleeing their homes in the sierra, and one of the things that tourists to Zihuatanejo may notice are simply more wandering vendors than they've ever seen here before. Just a small piece of the tip of the iceberg.

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