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.4 *-10 Horse Inn Kitchenettes Cable TV Heated Pool beside the Gull of Mexico on Mustang Mond Available for private parties Unique European Charm & A tmosphor AFFORDABLE RATES Pets Wellcome 1423 llth Street 04 Port Aransas, TX 78373 *0 0 call o o fin Reservations …, “orlimik/ h A opt% ..41&. Itua 14, %wee. No, least Mexican television and a film crew from the University of Northern Arizona. The streets are filled with young men, middle-aged men and very young boys, wearing purple robes and carrying wooden crosses, a sight almost as impressive as the one we glimpse from .the top of the Cerro de la Estrella: the surrounding mountains, filled to the brim with the kind of construction euphemistically referred to as precarious settlements, so close to the edge, so close that we almost believe we can touch them and hold them back. And then Mario Flores commends his spirit to God and Cristina Vivian Garduno emits a wail that is broadcast throughout the Spanishspeaking world. The androgynous, overly rouged Archangel who has walked at Mario’s side throughout Semana Santa releases a dove that soars into the crowd. \(The next morning the Mexico City daily La Jornada reports that despite its initial spurt, the dove crashed into the crowd; throughout the long walk up the Cerro, the Archangel Michael spent his time systematically plucking its feathers. The story may be apocryphal or an attempt at aveng ing La Jornada photographers who were robbed on their way up the Cerro. But the casualty is not included in the list of blisters, sprains, and fainting from heat exThere is no Resurrection in Iztapalapa. Semana Santa ends with the post-Crucifixion feast for the media in which water and wine are transubstantiated into rum and tequila. Mario Flores is free to retreat into anonymityat least until he is called to appear at an encounter of Ex-Christs. Their job over, the riot squad paces outside the Delegacion building. They stretch; they chant: “I am a policeman! I am proud!” and finally board the buses that have been waiting conspicuously all afternoon. We watch them leave and wait for a while at the base of the mural outside the Metro Iztapalapa, waiting under the words Estamos en las manos de Dios. We are in God’s hands. Barbara Belejack is waiting for the rebirth of wonder in Mexico City, whence she sends occasional reports for the Observer. CLASSIFIEDS ORGANIZATIONS WORK for single-payer National Health Care. Join GRAY PANTHERS, intergenerational advocates against ageism and for progressive policies promoting social and economic justice. $20 individual, $35 family. 3710 Cedar, Austin, TX TEXAS AIDS NETWORK dedicated to improving HIV/AIDS policy and funding in Texas. Individual membership $25, P.O. Box 2395, Austin, TX REVOLTED BY EXECUTIONS? Join the Amnesty International Campaign Against the Death Penalty. WORK FOR OPEN, responsible government in Texas. Join Common Cause/Texas, 1615 Guadalupe, #204, TEXAS TENANTS’ UNION. 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