EZLN Announces Mobilizations for its 39th Anniversary

The EZLN was created on November 17, 1983 in the Lacandón Jungle, in the municipality of Ocosingo
For many years, the EZLN indicated that it will no longer rise up in arms but will continue struggling for the benefit of the indigenous population / Photo: Gilberto Morales | El Heraldo de Chiapas

A mural in the Zapatista caracol of Morelia

By: Gilberto Morales | El Heraldo de Chiapas


The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN, Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional), announces a mobilization to celebrate its 39th anniversary in the caracoles, autonomous municipalities and Good Government Juntas that exist in the state of Chiapas.

The EZLN was created on November 17, 1983 in the Lacandón Jungle, municipality of Ocosingo. According to them it was for the purpose of doing away with  the bad governments and announcing to the entire world  that millions of indigenous people in Mexico are being stepped on, mistreated, ignored, incarcerated by the government for many years.

A little more than ten years after its creation, they officially announced the armed uprising on January 1, 1994 in the municipal seats of de: Altamirano, Ocosingo, Palenque, Las Margaritas, Comitán, Rancho Nuevo, San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Oxchuc, among others and that for 3 consecutive days they confronted the Mexican Army in Rancho Nuevo, where various deaths are spoken of in both the rebel group and the Army, which never officially announced the number of dead.

For many years, the Zapatistas were recognized throughout the world for their  struggle and until now the armed civilian group has lost strength militarily and Subcomandante Marcos now Galeano himself, for many years pointed out that they will no longer take up arms but  will continue to fight for the benefit of the indigenous population, in addition, in the past elections  María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, known as Marichuy was appointed by the same Zapatistas and organizations to participate in the presidential elections but perhaps by lack of knowledge or advice was left out of the presidential elections and that is how this armed civilian group has become political in its struggle.

This November 17th, 39 years after its foundation, the EZLN will once again come out of their trenches1

Starting November 16th, Zapatistas and non-Zapatistas, as well as organizations, will gather in November 17th autonomous municipality, located within the official municipality of Altamirano and also in San Cristóbal, in order to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the Zapatista National Liberation Army.

Originally Published in Spanish by El Heraldo de Chiapas, November 13, 2022, https://www.elheraldodechiapas.com.mx/local/municipios/ezln-anuncia-movilizaciones-en-festejo-al-39-aniversario-9184918.html and Re-Published with English interpretation and editing by the Chiapas Support Committee.

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  1. The Zapatistas did not reopen their Caracoles to the public after closing them due to the pandemic. The reason for the continued closure is the violence in Chiapas, the presence of organized crime and, thus, the need for tight security.and gather in the different caracoles, good government juntas and autonomous municipalities to celebrate what was created on Novembern17, 1983 in the heart of the Lacandón Jungle of Chiapas.
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