It’s amazing, isn’t it?

Machetes in hand, the indigenous Cocas are climbing the steep scrubby hills that overlook their territory. Young boys climb alongside elders while a trusty donkey carries their camping equipment. Other groups man outposts beside the entrances to Mezcala, the lakeside town their forefathers founded in the late 13th century, over 200 years before the Spanish arrived in Mexico.

They’re heading out on a unique voyage – bringing the community together to discuss their tactics against displacement. The men and boys will spend the night huddled around ceremonial bonfires, telling stories about their heritage, before descending upon the sacred Isle of Mezcala the next morning to discuss with a larger group how to defend their land and way of life. Based in the western state of Jalisco, the Cocas go back more than 700 years and have had to fight off waves of invaders over the centuries.

The latest threat to their land? A wave of American retirees heading south – pretty ironic, given President Donald Trump’s demonisation of Mexican immigrants. Thousands of American and Canadian retirees have settled in the neighbouring towns on Chapala and Ajijic in recent decades to take advantage of the cheap living costs, year-round sunshine and stunning views of Mexico’s biggest lake.

The same Mexicans heading north to take over inland California are to be welcomed. If people from inland California make the reverse passage they are to be shunned.

Umm, why?

20 comments on “It’s amazing, isn’t it?

  1. They’re obsessed with bringing the community together. Until the community comes together and say votes for Trump, or Brexit.

  2. It’s obviously different when you migrate north to find work as a swimming pool cleaner, gardener, bricklayer than if you stay at home and those selfsame jobs come to you.

  3. “The men and boys will spend the night huddled around ceremonial bonfires …”

    Sexism is OK now? I wish they’d make their minds up.

  4. “We’ve always had invasions by people who want to take control of our land,” says Manuel Jacobo, a 30-year-old activist with a punk-inspired appearance. “We inherited it from our forefathers”

    “Punk inspired appearance”? That was not inherited from your forefathers; it is appropriation of my culture and I am claiming my victim status!!!!!!!

  5. “We’ve always had invasions by people who want to take control of our land,” says Manuel Jacobo, a 30-year-old activist with a punk-inspired appearance. “We inherited it from our forefathers”

    Someone help me out here – is Manuel traditionally a Mayan name or an Aztec one?

    Manuel, you stupid twat – you may have inherited it from your forefathers, but your forefathers raped and murdered their way into ownership.

    Play them at their own game, it’s the only way.

  6. It’s obviously different.
    Americans only have wealth which must be shared out.
    Mexicans have a rich and historic culture which must be protected by restricting it to them only.

  7. Manuel, you stupid twat – you may have inherited it from your forefathers

    And they may even have been from Barcelona

  8. Nothing changes.

    Demand that those who migrate to the UK should learn English and adopt our? You are a cultural imperialist racist scumbag.

    Move to Spain, dont learn Spanish and eat egg and chips? You are an embarrassing English idiot.

  9. ‘Mr Ecks
    April 5, 2017 at 7:54 am

    The ceremonial bonfire IS the women.”

    Hey now, its Mexico, not India.

    “a 30-year-old activist with a punk-inspired appearance.”

    Someone should tell the author that a nose-ring is not likely to be ‘punk-inspired’ in rural Mexico.

    And 700 years? So, somewhere between 500 and 700 years is the point where you become ‘native’? Because they barely predate the European invasion.

  10. The problem with Latin American kleptocracies is that they have a democratic deficit problem. People with money – and especially with the land – get to make the rules. Mexicans know this. They also know they lost Texas because they encouraged White people to move there.

    So Mexico itself, as Steve Sailor points out, is largely land that is so high White people are comfortable living there. So it is prime territory for annexation by the United States.

    Mexicans have responded with decades of laws banning Americans acquiring land. They are not foolish to do so. When the land owners can kill with impunity and get to pick the local authorities, it is probably a good idea they come from your community.

  11. “If the paw in question was not brown, the Guardian would be squealing for new laws to combat “knife crime”.”

    Exactly, I don’t see the Guardian getting behind those armed ranchers protecting their livelihoods back in the US from the Feds.

  12. There is an obvious solution – those Americans should claim Mexican welfare.

    Unwanted unemployed immigrants on welfare? The Guardian loves them all. If not, rape a few 12 year olds. That will bring them on board.

  13. The Guardian despises white people. Any depredation against them is acceptable in their eyes.

    Maybe it results from guilt over their prosperous upbringing. Or perhaps their parents were middle class weirdos who fucked up their childhood. Whatever the reason, they despise western people, values and culture, to the exclusion of everything else.

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