Zapatistas Movement

January 1st, 1994

The Zapatistas also called The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) is a revolutionary movement. Zapatista movement began In Chiapas, which is the southern part of Mexico.Chiapas is known as a Mayan Indian state just because it's home to the one of the oldest civilization on Earth.One of the main events happened on January 1st, 1994. On that day, some rebellions that called themselves EZNL or the Zapatistas were carrying weapons and they proclaimed to disobey the Mexican government.The Zapatista movement rose when the North American Free Trade Agreement happen.The reason why they seized four Mexican towns was because the Zapatistas were battling the Mexican troops. By January 12, 150 people were killed by the government security forces that were sent to Chiapas. The poor indigenous people were affected by the free trade agreement because the government would benefit and not the farmers.The free trade agreement was the reason why the Zapatistas rebelled against the government. An important leader named Rafael Guillen Vicente was the "Subcommander... the group's spokesperson"(Graham 1), according to Guillen would go around Mexico to inform indigenous people about the NAFTA and how they should support EZNL to fight and get their rights back.
The U.S was effected and also had benefits because a lot of small businesses weren't benefited by the agreement, but the multi-national competitors did benefit out of the free trade. The way it benefited the us was by having more cheap labor which help a lot of growing business.Canada wasn't effected at all but benefited from the free trade agreement. Their Oil exports, shipment of beef, agricultural, wood, paper and exports of mineral and mining products have increased because of the agreement.


"Chiapas." A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 21 Sept. 2015. talks about a lot of historical events. the website had a lot of information about the state of Chiapas and a brief description of the Zapatistas. Although it helps me a lot with my research by telling me about the Zapatistas. It was limited because it was a secondary source that had information in second person view.

Graham, James. "The Zapatista Mexican Rebellion, Its Revolutionary Objectives and Tactics." The Zapatista Mexican Rebellion. On This Day, Web. 21 Sept. 2015. talks about anything that has happened, you can search a person, a place, an event or a year that you want to learn about. although this website had so many details about this event, it's limited because it a secondary source so it didn't have a first person view of the situation.

Smith, Jeff. "Zapatista Struggle Continues 16 Years Later." Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy. N.p., 01 Jan. 2010. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

This website talks about corporate media and how it's bad for society.This website gave me a lot of information even got see a video of the Zapatistas on the day of Jan. 1, 1994. Although it gave me a primary source, the information on the website is a secondary source.