Anniversary of the Zapatista Uprising

Seventeen years ago today, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) rose up in Chiapas, Mexico to demand justice, independence, and an end to colonialism.  They chose January 1, 1994 because it was the day the North American Free Trade Agreement went into affect, which they said was a death sentence for their people.

The Zapatistas are the most celebrated modern armed struggle and were an inspiration to people around the world fighting for dignity. They take their name from Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who famously stated that “it is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.”


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