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Autonomous indigenous community shuts down illegal logging in Mexico

Earth First! News (from New York Times)

Indigenous people in the Mexican state of Michoacán maintain blockade against illegal logging in their territory.

CHERÁN, Mexico — The woman’s exhausted eyes reflected the flames dancing in front of her. A 38-year-old grandmother, she is also a leader of the civilian insurgency that has taken over this mountain town in the state of Michoacán, 310 miles west of Mexico City. Sixteen months of cold and sleepless nights at Bonfire No. 17, one of a number of permanent burning barricades set up here, have taken their toll.

But like the rest of the residents, she cannot afford to let her guard down. Read the rest of this entry