The March for Indian Dignity (February 25–April 5, 2001)

By Sergio Tamayo, Xóchitl Cruz

The march for Indians' dignity, from the Chiapas to Mexico, began on the 25th of February and ended on the 5th of April, 2001. Its main purpose was to press the government to include the San Andrès settlement dealing with the rights and the culture of the Indians, ratified in 1995, in the Constitution. This paper analyzes the way it was prepared, the way it was executed, its end, and its short- and long-term results. The march was, at least, as important if not more as a result of the mobilization it required and the politicization it allowed than the concrete results it obtained.


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