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Zapatistas Mark Anniversary

The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) issued a New Year’s message commemorating the sixth anniversary of their armed rebellion against the Mexican government. The battle in 1994 lasted 10 days and nearly 150 people were killed, but Zapatistas gained worldwide attention for their pro-democracy cause.

The Zapatista movement continues to struggle to enhance the representation and rights of indigenous and poor people in Mexico. Women have held leadership positions and played key roles in this movement to eliminate the growing economic and social disparity between the rich and poor.

Sources:

Reuters, Mexico City - January 2, 2000 and Feminist Majority Foundation

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