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March-18-98

Chiapas Widows Protest Sexual Harassment

Women whose husbands had recently been murdered in a December massacre demonstrated in front of the Mexican Senate, protesting the death threats and sexual harassment resulting from the women's and their husbands’ political beliefs. The women said that the government was ignoring the harassment claims and their demands to release Zapatista prisoners. A demonstrator said, “They (the widows) are still being threatened and are being told that if they don’t leave their homes they will pay the consequences; they will be raped.”

A group of paramilitary gunman opened fire on Indian supporters of the Zapatista rebels in a Chiapas town, killing 45 civilians in late December.

Media Resources: Nando.net - March 18, 1998


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