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April 17, 1994 | Reuters
A band of gunmen assaulted a military roadblock near the Chiapas state capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez Friday and one soldier died in the hourlong shootout, Mexico's defense ministry said. It was not known if the attackers, who fled into the surrounding hills, suffered any casualties, the ministry said in a statement.
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July 2, 2005 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Like many of those living in grinding poverty deep in the rebel-controlled jungles of southern Mexico, Elias Guillen got tired of waiting for life to get better. So he voted with his feet. A decade after the Zapatista movement took over swaths of Chiapas and shook Mexico's political establishment, life in Guillen's corner of the southern state has not improved. Public services there remain nonexistent.
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NEWS
January 17, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Carlos Salinas de Gortari said he wants a general amnesty for all sides in a conflict in the southern state of Chiapas and ordered a special session of the Mexican Congress to consider the plan. He said the offer will give rebels who launched a New Year's Day uprising for indigenous rights no excuse not to lay down their arms.
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June 21, 2005 | From Reuters
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.
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February 15, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Indian rebels have agreed to release a former Chiapas state governor they have been holding since Jan. 2, the government's peace envoy said. Gen. Absalon Castellanos Dominguez, seized by Zapatista National Liberation Army guerrillas at his ranch a day after the uprising began, will be released Wednesday at a site yet to be announced, envoy Manuel Camacho Solis said.
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October 24, 1995 | Reuters
Mexico's attorney general's office said Monday that police had arrested key Zapatista rebel leader Fernando Yanez Munoz in Mexico City earlier in the day. A spokesman for the attorney general's office said Yanez, known by the Zapatistas as "Comandante German," had been caught bearing weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle. He was being held in the capital's Oriente jail, the spokesman added. It was not immediately clear what charges would be brought against Yanez.
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February 18, 1994 | From Associated Press
Rebel and government negotiators will meet Monday at an undisclosed location in southern Mexico to try to negotiate an end to a 7-week-old uprising. The government's peace envoy, Manuel Camacho Solis, announced Thursday that the talks will be in the southern state of Chiapas but said he would not specify where until Sunday for security reasons.
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August 27, 1999 | Associated Press
A confrontation between Zapatistas and Mexican soldiers in the southern state of Chiapas has left nine people wounded, rebels and military authorities said. The Defense Ministry said 40 people armed with sticks, machetes and rocks attacked a patrol Wednesday near San Jose la Esperanza "in a clear provocation." Seven soldiers and police were wounded.
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June 24, 1994 | Reuters
President Carlos Salinas de Gortari on Thursday named the head of the government Human Rights Commission as his new peace envoy to Mayan rebels in the southern state of Chiapas. He said Jorge Madrazo Cuellar would be responsible for beginning a new round of talks with the rebels of the Zapatista National Liberation Army. Madrazo, a lawyer, will replace Manuel Camacho Solis, who resigned last week after the rebels rejected a 32-point peace plan Camacho Solis had proposed in March.
NEWS
April 18, 1995
The Mexican government and the top leadership of the rebel Zapatista National Liberation Army will reopen peace talks Thursday in the southern state of Chiapas. This round of talks between President Ernesto Zedillo's government and the peasant-backed guerrilla group that rose in armed rebellion on New Year's Day, 1994, is expected to last for several weeks at least.
WORLD
August 11, 2003 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
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."
WORLD
August 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
March 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
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.
WORLD
November 26, 2002 | From Associated Press
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.
OPINION
December 24, 2001
Thank you for the very touching and revealing "A Husband Lost, a Son Born in 'Dirty War' " (Dec. 15), about political activists who were "disappeared" in the 1970s in Mexico. Uncovering these past secrets of Mexico's "dirty war" is very important for improving human rights conditions there; however, we must also remember that these types of events are not isolated to the past--they are occurring right now. Over the past decade, Mexico has increasingly relied on its army to police its countryside.
NEWS
July 31, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Zapatista sympathizers blocked main highways in the southern state of Chiapas, protesting Mexico's approval of a watered-down Indian rights bill. The demonstrators also urged President Vicente Fox to free nine Zapatista sympathizers from jails, disarm paramilitary groups and stop "political repression." They blocked highways for hours across the state, bringing traffic to a halt.
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January 23, 1994 | Reuters
Government peace envoy Manuel Camacho Solis said Saturday that he is ready to meet Indian insurgents to seek the release of a former governor kidnaped in the early hours of their New Year's uprising in Chiapas state. Camacho, speaking to reporters in San Cristobal de las Casas, did not disclose when or where the meeting would take place.
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October 20, 1998 | From Reuters
A surprise initiative from Mexico's Zapatista rebels has pumped new life into what has been a stalled drive to win peace in the state of Chiapas. But political analysts said Monday that an end to the often bloody conflict appeared unlikely--at least until the nation's presidential election in 2000. They said problems ranging from tough rebel demands and deep mistrust to the guerrillas' apparent aim to play a role in the election would probably prevent a definitive peace.
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May 1, 2001 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Zapatista rebels broke off contact with the Mexican government Monday, saying Congress had "closed the door to dialogue and peace" by watering down Indian-rights legislation. The decision, announced by leader Subcommander Marcos in an angry statement from his jungle stronghold in Chiapas state, threw into jeopardy five months of delicate maneuvering to resume peace talks and could lead to a dangerous stalemate between the rebels and the government.
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March 29, 2001 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Masked Zapatista rebels took the floor of Mexico's Congress on Wednesday to argue for an Indian rights bill, a historic appearance that raised hopes for an end to their seven-year conflict with the government. Two dozen Zapatistas, unarmed and wearing their trademark ski masks, filed past congressional deputies and took seats in two rows directly in front of the speaker's lectern.
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