Monday, April 11, 2011

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH:THE ZAPATISTAS (MEXICO)

The Zapatistas (Mexico) The Zapatista Army of National Liberation is an Aboriginal revolutionary group that emerged from Chiapas, Mexico. In 1994, the year in which the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was established, a group of Aboriginal peoples occupied San Cristobal de las Casas and other towns in Chiapas, one of the poorest states in Mexico. The primary objectives of the Zapatistas are to obtain political autonomy and self-determination, to preserve their Aboriginal cultures and heritage, and to ensure the Mexican government. Two of the most well-known leaders of this movement are Marcos and Ramona. Both leaders have been integral disseminating information about the Zapatista movement to the rest of Mexico and the world. The Zapatistas organized demonstrations and protests to challenge the neo-liberal economic policies instituted by the Mexican government, the IMF and World Bank and to voice their opposition to the Mexican government’s signing of NAFTA. Thanks Mr. Flores