Zapatista Movement Explained

The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) is a socialist movement of mainly First Nations peoples who fought the Federal government of Mexico more than 20 years ago in an effort to improve living conditions for the oppressed and marginalized citizens of the southern Chiapas region of Mexico.

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Their spokesperson was the mysterious Subcommandante Marcos, known as the masked guerrilla fighter regularly seen with a pipe protruding from his balaclava.

This documentary provides a great insight into the Zapatista movement, a progressive collective lead by an honourable individual. The Zapatistas still continue their struggle to oppose rampant Capitalism today.

‘Yes, Marcos is gay. Marcos is gay in San Francisco, black in South Africa, an Asian in Europe, a Chicano in San Ysidro, an anarchist in Spain, a Palestinian in Israel, a Mayan Indian in the streets of San Cristobal, a Jew in Germany, a Gypsy in Poland, a Mohawk in Quebec, a pacifist in Bosnia, a single woman on the Metro at 10pm, a peasant without land, a gang member in the slums, an unemployed worker, an unhappy student and, of course, a Zapatista in the mountains.
Marcos is all the exploited, marginalised, oppressed minorities resisting and saying `Enough’. He is every minority who is now beginning to speak and every majority that must shut up and listen. He is every untolerated group searching for a way to speak. Everything that makes power and the good consciences of those in power uncomfortable — this is Marcos.’
Subcommandante Marcos

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