The Zapatista struggle against global neoliberalism
23 March 2016 by Esther Miranda
On 1 January 1994 the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect in Mexico, the United States, and Canada and converted the region into one integrated market by removing all trade and commercial barriers. This move showed the Mexican government’s sight and interests lie to the north of the American continent and its ever-increasing perspective that economic growth is through liberalising trade with nearby rich business partners.
Simultaneously in the Mexican state of Chiapas, bordering to the south with Guatemala, a group of indigenous people banded together as the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN as its known by its Spanish acronym) led an armed uprising. Going back some years, the EZLN had become convinced that the country’s transformation could not come about through institutional bodies: peaceful means had been exhausted. In the ensuing years…
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