THE NEO-ZAPATISTAS: TWENTY YEARS AFTER
Their stubborn resistance and political savvy have shown that a different world is possible
May 1, 2014
by Immanuel Wallerstein
On January 1, 2014, the Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its uprising in Chiapas. This year, they are engaging in a self-appraisal. In April, in the official outlet of the EZLN, Rebeldía Zapatista, Insurgent Subcommandant Moisés published an editorial about the “war against forgetting.” He says that in a mere nineteen years, the struggle of the EZLN has “held in check” (toreado) the evil system that has been oppressing the indigenous peoples for 520 years.
What has been the achievement of the EZLN? In what sense can it be said to have been a success? The EZLN has been scoffed at not only by the world right but by certain elements of the world left as…
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