Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Wal-Mart takeover behind attack on Mexican town
By Ruth Vela
Published May 16, 2006 10:16 PM
Mexican police attacked flower vendors in San Salvador Atenco on May 3 as the vendors tried to sell in their usual area, now a future site of a Wal-Mart.
The government-initiated attack against the group of flower producers and their supporters was actually a result of a rarely seen collaboration among Mexico’s three leading political parties—the PRI, the PAN and the PRD—which supported the municipal president of Texcoco in his opinion that the vendors “looked ugly.”
The truth, however, is that small-scale vendors were getting in the way of plans for big foreign companies to take over this town as they have so many others in Mexico and around the world.
The only organized political force in Mexico fighting against Neo-liberalism is Subcomandante Marcos and the Zapatistas. Their battle began on 1/1/94 - the day that NAFTA went into force in Mexico.
Read Subcomandante Marcos/Atenco story here:
Millions of farmers, small shopkeepers and ambulantes (Atenco flower vendors) have been put out to business since Salinas signed NAFTA effective 1/1/94. Fortunately for them and Mexico, there has been another country for them to go - to the USA.
CAFTA has recently been signed in Central America. As those economies begin to collapse millions more are on the way - to the USA.
Jobs in the US have been sent overseas. Globalization/Neoliberalism ultimately means cheap labor. Every economic system distributes income. Neo-liberalism distibutes it in a particular way - to shareholders.
Posted by Jesus Reyes at 5:54 PM