Un dia sin…


Si, puede ser en Mexico:

Members of a movement from the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz called the 400 Villages, the protesters strip with regularity, their nakedness stressing demands that the government resolve a long-running land dispute.

“We are asking for justice,” said Alfonsina Sandoval, 54, a leader of the women who disrobe. “Undressing ourselves is an act of desperation and helplessness. We don’t know what else to do to get their attention.”

It takes a lot to stand out among angry Mexican masses.

Hundreds of demonstrations snare Mexico City’s traffic each year. And unresolved land disputes are as common as cactus in the countryside, running into the many thousands.

The 400 Villages movement began in the late 1960s, accelerated after the jailing of about 100 activists in 1992, and first resorted to the Full Monty four years ago, after more staid and traditional pressure tactics failed.

The protesters want 5,000 acres they claim as rightfully theirs deeded to them. They want punishment for three former Veracruz governors they accuse of repression, including the slaying of some of their activists.

They say past agreements with presidential administrations have gone unfulfilled. Their protests have outlasted the fall of a one-party system called “the Perfect Dictatorship” and endured under Mexico’s democratic transition.

“As long as we don’t have responses to our demands, we can’t talk about change,” Sandoval said. “The president is demanding that Mexicans in the United States be taken care of, but they ignore those of us who have stayed in this country.”

“Many of our young people have already gone to the north,” she said. “How can you explain that those in the United States are better attended to than we are?”

The article has a pic of the farmers in their underwear.

And speaking of those “better off” in the US, I refer you to the excellent coverage of Los Blogueros. It’s in Spanish; the pics are great. (No, no nudity there. Lo siento mucho.)

For English reports (and more photos!), bounce on over to BoingBoing.

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One Response to Un dia sin…

  1. tulsademo says:

    Hey bina! nice blog!

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