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Mexico’s rebels meet with Indian leaders in start of alternative political campaign

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico – The Zapatista movement’s ski-masked leader began his public meetings on Monday in a six-month national tour to form a new leftist movement, pledging to “listen to everybody” as he met with Indian groups and rights activists.Apparently competing for the attention of Mexico’s 13 million Indians, President Vicente Fox on Monday began his own tour of the country’s indigenous communities.The Zapatista leader, Subcomandante Marcos, arrived at the University of the Earth, a school for Indians in a dirt-road slum on the outskirts of San Cristobal.Accompanied by a dozen masked companions, he met with non-governmental groups and neighborhood leaders representing poor Indians, including thousands of evangelical Protestants who were forced from their homes in the heavily Roman Catholic town of San Juan Chamula.”We will listen to everybody,” he told a crowd of more than 300 people. “We are not a government or a political party or, the worst thing in the world, a house of lawmakers.”Marcos on Sunday launched a tour of the country’s 31 states, promising to form a new national leftist movement that will “turn Mexico on its head” – a mission he timed to coincide with the 2006 presidential campaign.He is making the trip on a black motorcycle, drawing comparisons to the socially oriented journey of the Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara in the 1950s.Vail, Colorado


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