Other Discussions on Mexico

Mexico's Indians

During the Cold War, Indians from all over the Americas would convene in Geneva to protest against American governments, especially that of the United States. These protests demanded organization and money, both supplied by enemies of the United States and of capitalism, presumably linked to the Soviet Union. Similar, more recent protests in Rome before the Pope were equally complicated and expensive, but the Soviet Union was dead. The current mass squat-in of Indians in Mexico's main square, the Zocalo, was clearly orchestrated, presumably with the participation of the city's mayor, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas. Then, on April 15, an Indian mob invaded the Mexican senate and occupied it for two hours. They were angry, bewildered and tired. Many spoke little or no Spanish. The operation was clearly linked to the much publicized unrest in Chiapas. How will it end?

Ronald Hilton, 04/16/98