The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN)

24 de abril de 2019 Scott Fletcher Bowlsby
17 de septiembre de 2017 Eleonora Gea Piccardi
6 de julio de 2017 Eleonora Gea Piccardi

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Mission and Purpose

The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) began as, and in many ways remains, an armed uprising against the Mexican state, however, it frames its goals and actions in political, rather than military, terms. According to the movement's "anti-leader" Subcomandante Marcos: “In a war, the decisive thing is not the military confrontation but the politics at stake in the confrontation. We didn’t go to war to kill or be killed. We went to war in order to be heard.” Marcos’ prolific writing, along with the movement’s persistent outreach efforts and savvy media campaigns, have inspired radicals all over the world to demand autonomy and rise up against their governments and corporate overlords.[1]

Origins and Development 

Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding

Specializations, Methods and Tools

Major Projects and Events

Analysis and Lessons Learned


See Also


[1] “Zapatistas,” Beautiful Trouble, accessed April 24, 2019,

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Lead image: NP,