June 21, 2005 |
Mexico's Zapatista rebel group, which emerged in 1994 to fight for Indian rights but has been quiet in recent years, put its forces on alert Monday, but it was unclear what prompted the action. The Zapatistas, known by the acronym EZLN, said in a statement that they were grouping their fighters, closing down their radio station and pulling out of villages they control.
December 26, 2004 |
It has been nearly four years since Latin America's best-known guerrilla left his outpost in the Chiapas jungle. The guns of his rag-tag army are silent. His peaceful revolution, the tedious building of autonomous Indian communities, has slid off Mexico's political agenda, and his once-fervent international solidarity network is drying up. But Subcommander Marcos, who led the Zapatista uprising more than a decade ago, is still a master of surprise.
August 11, 2003 |
Latin America's most famous active guerrilla had not been seen in public in more than two years. So an expectant hush fell as hundreds of Zapatista rebels linked arms to form a security corridor for the awaited entry of their ski-masked, pipe-smoking leader down a steep path to this mountain hamlet. But Subcommander Marcos did not show. To a disappointed crowd, one of his subordinates made the cryptic announcement Saturday that Marcos had fallen ill with "a bellyache from laughing so much."
August 9, 2003 |
Zapatista rebels in the mountain village of Oventic, Mexico, kicked off a three-day public party featuring a ski-masked marimba band and other people with concealed faces. Reporters were told not to conduct interviews. Along with truckloads of masked Zapatistas, many wearing traditional clothing of local Indian cultures, hundreds of foreign supporters attended.
March 1, 2003 |
Scores of Zapatista rebel supporters seized an American-owned tourist ranch in the southern state of Chiapas on Friday, the owners and government officials said. Rebels denouncing foreign influence in Mexico have said they want to drive out the American owners of the Rancho Esmeralda, and since mid-December, residents of the rebel village of Nuevo Jerusalem have blocked roads leading to the ranch.
November 26, 2002 |
A newspaper published a dispatch from reclusive Zapatista rebel leader Subcommander Marcos, a letter laced with scatological humor and insults for major Spanish political figures. Marcos called Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon "a grotesque clown" and labeled Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar "an imbecile" in a letter dated Oct. 12 and published by La Jornada.