Subcomandante Marcos in the Lacandon Jungle (Chiapas, Mexico)

The Modern-day Zapatistas:
On January 1, 1994, The EZLN (Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional), led by the masked "Subcomandante Marcos," seized the town of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico. Their name taken from the heroic Mexican General Emiliano Zapata, for them Zapata embodied the most uncompromising ideal of the peasant revolt, that of demanding radical agrarian reform. It's no accident that today's Zapatistas invoke his name, for the redistribution of power and the state's resources from the wealthy few to the many poor. The "Zapatistas" as they became known around the world, were forced out of the town by the Mexican army. The Zapatistas fled the city to the Lacandon Jungle. Although a ceasefire was agreed in 1995, the land the Zapatistas occupy is still heavily patrolled by government forces.



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