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Zapatistas go back to the grassroots to start again

Ten years after their uprising, the Chiapas rebels are feeling the chill of neglect. Through a door under a painted rainbow Zapatistas sit in an office with a computer, a couple of manual typewriters, a satellite phone and not much else. “We are satisfied and proud to be working against the system,” says José Luis Hernández, spokesman for the “junta of good government” recently established in his village of Mayan peasants. “We are creating a new culture.” A decade after its brief but bloody uprising the largely indigenous Zapatista Army of National Liberation, led by the mestizo (mixed race) Subcomandante Marcos, is still talking big. The difference is that far fewer people are listening. The rebellion began on New Year’s Day 1994, shaking Mexico to its core and catapulting Marcos and his ragtag army on to the world stage. Full Story

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