Mexicans Without Borders is a decidedly Zapatista organization that was originally formed as the “Zapatista Committee of the Knitted Cap”. They’re also a signatory to the “Other Campaign” of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in Mexico as their website attests. So when the EZLN starts re-engaging in their armed struggle on behalf of illegal aliens in Mexico, you’ve just got to wonder what Mexicans Without Borders’ next step in Virginia might look like. The Washington Post reports that last week in Mexico’s southern Chiapas province, in the heartland of the EZLN, a group of masked men carrying “heavy caliber weapons” hijacked a bus containing thirty-seven illegal aliens previously detained by the Mexican police, and freed them. Although the EZLN was not identified by Mexican authorities as being behind this, there just aren’t a whole lot of other armed groups that wear masks and run around in Chiapas province causing trouble.
Armed men hijacked a bus carrying 33 Cubans and four Central American migrants detained in southern Mexico after forcing immigration agents away at gunpoint, officials said on Thursday.
A half-dozen assailants wearing masks and carrying guns blocked the road, stopped the bus and forced the seven unarmed agents and two bus drivers to get off, Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said.
The hijacking occurred late Wednesday in the southern state of Chiapas. None of the immigration agents or bus drivers were harmed.
“The armed men took off with the foreigners to an unknown destination,” the Immigration Institute said in a press statement.
An immigration official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said the assailants threatened the agents with “heavy caliber weapons.” He initially said 34 Cubans had been involved. The bus was later discovered, empty near the jungle city of Ocosingo.
Between the money to be made in human smuggling and running drugs, the cash-strapped EZLN and their domestic allies in the United States might at some point find it rather worthwhile to get in on the action. If EZLN military activity in Mexico starts heating up in support of smuggling operations, you can bet that local affiliates such as Mexicans Without Borders might also start demonstrating some different behavior here locally. If the Zapatista movement turns to nacrotrafficking and human smuggling in order to raise cash, it is not going to be limited strictly to Chiapas Provide in Mexico.
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