'Our Continent'

Back on January 2, 2001, the Los Angeles Times ran a story about a "small movement" called the Mexica Movement headed by Olin Tezcatlipoca. "His organization, pronounced Meh-SHEE-kah — after the Nahuatl word used to identify indigenous people from Mexico — educates people locally about Mexico’s indigenous culture. It’s Website is," reported the Times.

A visitor checking the Website last week would have found a startling set of photographs taken at the massive March 25 demonstration in Los Angeles protesting the immigration reform bill passed by the U.S. House in December. The headline on the photo essay is: "The Great March: The People of Anahuac Awakening to the Truth! Los Angeles, California, Occupied Anahuac, March 25, 2006."

"Anahuac" is the term the group uses to describe North America, which it claims as its own. The photos taken at the Los Angeles march feature signs carried by marchers depicting House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R.-Ill.) and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R.-Calif.) in Nazi uniforms.

Another photographed sign: "We are Indigenous! The ONLY owners of this Continent!"

Another: "This Is Our Continent, Not Yours!"

An online introduction to the group posted under Tezcatlipoca’s byline says:

"This is our land and our continent, this is not property of the Europeans or their descendants. Not one inch of this continent belongs to Europeans, no matter what lies or distortions of ownership they may present. … Remember that we have only temporarily (and illegally) been deprived of the rights to our continent and our heritage. This occupation of our continent is not a permanent condition."