Nov 10, 2009, 3:04 PM
Post #2 of 10
I would assume that if you asked the people of San Juan Copala, and the government, you would get two totally different and incompatible answers, and be none the wiser for it. ;-) Similarly, if you ask someone of leftist leanings, you would get one answer, and another from a conservative person.
I would assume that your personal politics lean to the left, so your inclination would be to believe the leftist story rather than the government story, but of course that does not prove that the leftist story is true. The trick is to identify a knowledgeable person who does not have a political or ideological ax to grind. After somebody tells you their story, ask them what political party they are sympathetic to, which should identify their ideology.
And of course, it is possible or even probable that neither side is telling the truth, only saying what serves their purpose or cause.
A lot of these disputes go back a long time, and center on land disputes, which the government often does not want to settle, if only because it would cost them votes. Squatters are often part of the story. Sometimes the dispute is largely internal, where people are basically being expelled from their village, perhaps because they are now members of a different church, and don't want to buy alcohol for the village fiestas. In Chiapas there are entire villages of people expelled from their home village for that reason.
Good luck on figuring out the truth on this one. A truly independent journalist would be the best bet. Unfortunately, those are few and far between, as we are discovering in the USA, where again you get totally different stories from Fox news and MSNBC.