Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN)

In January of 1994, a small leftist guerrilla band occupied and took over five towns in the State of Chiapas in Mexico. This revolutionary band, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) led by the anonymous ‘Subcomandante Marcos’, read their proclamation of revolt to the world and proceeded to lay siege to a local military base, capturing weapons and releasing prisoners from jails. These actions were the result of an increasing resistance to the Mexican federal government’s adoption of economic policies that were having direct negative effects on Chiapas - the country’s poorest state. EZLN’s aim was to bring global attention to the marginalization of the large Chiapan indigenous community in order to force change in the federal government.

Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN), also known as Zapatistas, Ejercito Zapatistas de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) is an active group formed c. 1993.
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