|English | Español||May 1, 2016 | Issue #47|
President Calderón’s Counterinsurgency in Mexico: A Story That Must Be Told
Popular Movements Are Regrouping and Planning for the Future, and Narco News Needs Your Help to Keep You Informed
By Greg Berger
November 1, 2007
The story of this week’s flooding of more than 70 percent of the Mexican state of Tabasco is a a horrifying tale of the current state of affairs in Mexico. In Tabasco, flood victims have been waiting desperately for help, but President Calderón’s violent escalation of the “drug war” across Mexico – given a boost by Bush’s recent announcement of a $1.4 billion drug war assistance program now known universally as “Plan Mexico” – has kept army troops from providing the relief they once did in such situations.
If you missed our exclusive report this morning on Plan Mexico’s first victims, read it here:
I hope the urgency of telling such stories is in and of itself cause for you to help us continue our work.
This is one of the stories that needs to be told. It is the sad follow-up to the chronicle of hope and resistance that Narco News brought you last year during our coverage of the Zapatista Other Campaign, the rise of the APPO, and questionable election that resulted in Calderon’s ascendancy to the Presidency. Fifteen short months ago, when popular movements seemed unstoppable in Mexico, we brought you the story in vivid detail. The story of the counterinsurgency is a more painful story to tell, but still, we must do it.
For even as we bring you these stories, new hope is growing beneath the surface. In Tlaxcala, in Morelos, in Guerrero, popular movements are regrouping and planning for the future.
Will they be victorious, or will they be crushed under the heel of a supposed “war on drugs?”
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