For decades, Mexico has been besieged by vicious drug cartels that murder thousands of people a year and are linked to the major political parties. Despite powerful protests, the neoliberal agenda of privatizing public resources and institutions has continued unabated.
But a new wind is blowing. Indigenous people — those under the most intense attack — are organizing beyond Chiapas. Community police and self-defense forces (autodefensas) have sprung up around the country to guard villages from the gangs, corrupt politicians, and rapacious mining corporations that collude to drive the people off their land.