Saturday, July 22, 2006

Prelude to Mexican civil war?

The AP has finally parachuted into Oaxaca, Mexico to cover an uprising that got underway well before the disputed election earlier this month.
Protesters have taken over the center of folkloric Oaxaca, making tourists show identification at makeshift checkpoints, smashing the windows of quaint hotels and spray-painting revolutionary slogans. Police are nowhere in sight.
George Ure at the oddly-fascinating doom-and-gloom site Urban Survival speculates this is the opening shot of a civil war on America's doorstep -- pitting Mexico's relatively prosperous north against its poorer and resentful south. Maybe, maybe not. But the situation bears watching.

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