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13th September 2017
..Continued from Part 1

Local Outrage at Coca-Cola

In April, local nonprofits and neighborhood organizations held a protest outside the Coca-Cola bottling plant in San Cristobal de las Casas. The 1,500 protestors denounced Coca-Cola's water consumption and health impacts.

Arana says that ongoing citizen pressure is working. Coca-Cola previously had billboards in Indigenous communities around San Cristobal, such as San Juan Chamula, showing men and women in traditional dress with Coca-Cola bottles. They have now taken down the billboards.

"They're changing their strategy," says Arana. "They're worried about all the criticisms."

In San Felipe Ecatepec, Juan Urbano doubts the current Mexican government will help the community with its water problems. Instead, community leaders are taking part in the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), affiliated with the Zapatistas, to highlight Indigenous concerns during next year's presidential elections.


Martha Pskowski is an independent journalist based in Mexico. Since 2014, she has reported from Central America and Mexico on immigration, environmental justice and gender in Latin America for outlets including Vice News, Al Jazeera English and Mongabay. She is a former Fulbright fellow. Website: Twitter: psskow.