EZLN – “revolutionary” murder

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It’s hard for me to believe that we are just now hearing about this.  It frustrates me that if there is an earthquake in some remote part of the planet, we hear about it within hours. And yet here is live, in-your-face persecution against Christians, happening just a couple hours away, and the news takes weeks to reach us. And that, only through friends. I highly doubt that it’s made American news.

The Zapatistas (EZLN) call themselves a revolutionary group. They spout stuff about wanting to improve Mexico and buck the government’s faulty system. But so far, they’ve just killed many innocent people, and taken over land that is not rightfully theirs. At the heart of their “disputes” are Christian vs. Catholic issues. Back in 1994, things got ridiculously out of hand. They ransacked numerous villages and towns, killing MANY innocent people in their takeover. Finally, the government stepped in and stopped it all in a hurry. Not in time to save all the lives lost or homes burned. But at least it stopped. Since then, the EZLN has been relatively quiet. They say they have changed their strategy to a non-violent one and are attempting to gain support just using the internet and becoming friends with the NGOs here. The Mexican government has heard no end of protests regarding their involvement. They have been endlessly accused of picking on the poor indigenous of Mexico. Ridiculous.

This-morning I received an e-mail from a dear friend who has family out near Agua Azul. Over a month ago, this Christian community was attacked at 3 am with club and machetes and fire-arms. 4 confirmed dead, 14 maimed and beaten, and 12 still missing. The locals believe that those 12 were abducted by their attackers, the EZLN. I debated posting the pictures I was sent this-morning, but decided in the end not to. They are pretty guesome. If you are interested in the e-mail (it’s in Spanish) and pictures I can send them to you.

Please pray for the vicitims of this most recent attack. Pray for the dozen individuals still missing, as well as their families. Pray that justice will be served and that this is not the beginning of another EZLN rampage. I believe the governement is slow to step in where it concerns the EZLN, due to the harassment they recieved over the last time they stepped in! I am praying that someone will have the courage to step up and protect the innocents before things get worse.

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  1. 😦 That is so sad!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😦 Definitely praying for them and their families! And for you too…things like this scare me that you are down there, but I know you are in the center of His will, and in His mighty loving hands…. Love you so much!!

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  2. Some thing I don’t think I shared with you about this area… last time i went thru there i was talking to a friend there in Agua Azul. I asked him why the state troopers aren’t guarding the entry road any longer? … why is the EZLN illeagly charging the tour buses to drive by on the way down to Agua Azul? … He told me that after a few months of the troopers being there on the entry road they were attacked by EZLN women with sticks. The troopers didn’t want to fire on “unarmed women” so they were chased off. Now this has happened.

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  3. wow that’s so sad. I agree with you about the injustice of natural disasters getting major media coverage but you don’t hear about religious persecution anywhere. Even kids getting persecuted for being homsexual in school gets airtime. It just makes me long for Heaven ya know?

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  4. Julie,
    I am glad that you feel the same way I do. Especialy because it drives me crazy that I just heard about it… also weeks later. in my case there is an excuse because I am in Israel so it theoreticaly takes more time for news to travel – although now-a-days that isn’t true anymore! But I am seriously alarmed that between the belivers there in Chiapas there isn’t a better network of comunication.
    I hope that I will never have to find my brother laying in a pool of his own blood in the cornfield. I would be very angry and afraid but only God’s grace would help me forgive and trust.
    Leah and I prayed for these my brothers, children and sisters, that they would have a good testimony, that their suffering would be for righteousness’ sake, that they receive comfort, protection and forgive their enemies.
    I sure hope the Zapatista thing is cleansed out of Chiapas soon. If Mexicans continue to tolerate their actions eventualy it will be like Peru or Colombia. See this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_embassy_hostage_crisis

    Love and Shalom,
    Reece

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  5. ***UPDATE***
    I was out in Agua Azul taking a tourist client to see the falls this past week. While I had some free time i visited with my friend there. I asked him about the Feb attack. He said that it was not a christian targeted attack but was focused on political and economic issues… There were some non christians injured in the attack as well. At the same time he pointed out that the reason the Christians were the majority of the injured is because they refuse to go over to the twisted political viewpoint of the attackers. they are not yielding to the pressure to pay for “protection” and they do not give in to the demands of the EZLN village nearby.

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