Zapatista Army of National Liberation is Founded

The multi-faceted political, social, economic, cultural, military and spiritual movement of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) was founded in Chiapas, Mexico on November 17, 1983. Chiapas is the southernmost state of Mexico, with a large concentration of indigenous people comprising the Mixes-Zoques, the Mayas and the Chiapa.   The movement is named after Emiliano Zapata, the agrarian reformer and commander during the Mexican Revolution.  The movement defies classification, and is an alchemic blend of Mayan and indigenous cultural philosophy and social activism, with a definite distaste for the economics of neoliberal capitalism and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  EZLN has been at war with the Government of Mexico since 1994, though more recently its people have pursued a course of nonviolence and sought international recognition for the rights and welfare of their communities.  For further insight, please visit the EZLN Facebook Page.  (Image from EZLN Facebook Page)

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