worst onslaught by state forces in the last 10 years, according to reports from a local research center.
On Monday, in the area under Zapatista influence, "we rescued a wounded Indian grassroots supporter of the guerrillas who had been shot by
paramilitaries. The situation is serious," said Ernesto Ledesma, head of the Chiapas-based nongovernmental Center for Political Analysis and
Social and Economic Research.
According to the center -- which has had brigades out for the past five years, monitoring military movements in areas held by the barely-armed
Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) -- in recent weeks there has been an increased presence of uniformed soldiers who are acting in
concert with paramilitary groups. However, most people are unaware of this fact. ... "