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Leader Says Zapatistas Ready to Fight

Mexican Rebel Subcomandante Marcos Says Zapatistas Are Ready to Fight Back if Attacked Zapatista rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos has issued a warning that his forces are ready to use violence to defend themselves against paramilitary fighters in southern Chiapas. In a strongly worded communique issued Tuesday night, Marcos said the tense climate in Chiapas reminds him of the days leading up to when paramilitary fighters massacred rebel supporters in the rural town of Acteal in December 1997. The mass killing was the worst of a series of bloody clashes between pro- and anti-rebel groups in poor Indian communities across Chiapas since the Zapatistas’ armed uprising in the name of socialism and Indians rights in January 1994. Marcos said dozens of paramilitary fighters supported by different political parties have surrounded Zapatista strongholds in recent days and fired guns in the air. Full Story

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