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(en) [EZCERPTS] Mexican women occupy Chiapas radio station

From Commandante Null <npcia@mindspring.com>
Date Fri, 10 Mar 2000 03:29:21 -0500


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Thousands of women converged on San Cristobal Several thousand women in the
southern Mexican state of Chiapas have briefly occupied a state-run radio
station during ceremonies to mark International Women's Day.

Normal programming was broken off as the women - mainly supporters of the
Zapatista rebels - took over the Xera radio studios in the tourist town of
San Cristobal de las Casas, calling for greater rights for native Indians
and equality for women.


"Women historically have been and are the poorest and most excluded by a
racist society and a government which refuses to recognise our existance,"
one woman said on air.

The women, dressed in traditional clothing - some with masks - and
accompanied by children and husbands, came to Chiapas from outlying
communities for the demonstration.

They occupied the station for about 40 minutes, before leaving peacefully.



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