December 21 2012. Palenque: | The entire city is perpetually damp under the intermittently rainy | overcast sky. Despite the weather, a massive river of masked protesters have lined up at the town square. 5,000 to 6,000 men | women | children stand still, silent | waiting. They are supporters of the Zapatistas: | an indigenous, mostly Mayan, rebel group that have waged a (now peaceful) uprising against the Mexican government and it’s policy towards this region’s native people and their aboriginal homeland, Chiapas (Mexico’s southernmost state). Today’s protest of solidarity was held in complete silence. Between 5,000 and 6,000 protesters passed through the city without a single word being spoken.