Baja Farmers Seize World's Largest Salt Mine
Baja Farmers Seize World's Largest Salt Mine, with the EZLN Other Campaign
October 16 2006
Please Distribute Widely
There is no time to write you a longer alert as we are once more on the road with the Zapatista Other Campaign, heading up the Baja California Peninsula toward the US border, but something significant happened last night that is now reported on Narco News.
Farmers and Ranchers near Vizcaino, Baja California Sur, hours before Subcomandante Marcos and the Other Campaign were scheduled to pass through their town on Highway 1, seized and shutdown the world's largest salt mine, owned by the Mexican government jointly with Mitsubishi corporation. They stopped Delegate Zero on the road and invited him and the caravan to join them in the occupation of the pumping stations and 39,000 hectares of land: the Zapatista spokesman and allies from the Other Campaign spent the night there.
The ranchers and farmers demand that the Exportadora del Sal corporation pay them a just rent on their lands or "que se largan" ("get out of town").
Read all about it:
Once more, the path of the Other Campaign and its vow that "no one fights alone anymore" has provided a context for real people to take control of their lands and work. And here, in the allegedly "conservative" Mexican North, an Other Mexico rises from below and to the left.
Salud. Gotta run...
From somewhere in a country called América,
Publisher, Narco News
Coordinator, Road Team - The Other Journalism with the Other Campaign