Can Chiapas Change?


| October 18, 2000


Can Chiapas Change? Garance Burke, Mother Jones
After Vicente Fox toppled the long-ruling PRI party in Mexico's presidential elections, voters in the battle-scarred state of Chiapas elected their own opposition governor, Pablo Salazar, leader of a center-left coalition. As Garance Burke ofMother Jones finds, Zapatista rebels and sympathetic citizens are tempering their hopes with realism, knowing that the province's chronic low intensity warfare will probably not end soon. Salazar claims that he will make taking Chiapas out of a climate of war a priority, but pro-government vigilantes like the 'Peace and Justice' paramilitary group, who had received millions of dollars in 'development funds' from the state in years past and now feel abandoned by the system, will undoubtedly react violently to such changes. -- Amanda Luker
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