How could an indigenous peasants army declare war on the government of Mexico? On January first, 1994, the EZLN led by Subcomandante Marcos, started the war against Mexico by occupying 4 towns in Chiapas, including the touristic town of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Their demands included the abolishment of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari reacted with extreme force and after 11 days of violence where more than 300 died, the Mexican Government and the indigenous rebels began negotiations and ceased fire. This is a story about the Zapatista uprising for indigenous independence, told by anthropologist and journalist Gaspar Morquecho who covered the events.

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