The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN), often referred to as the Zapatistas
[sapaˈtistas], is a far-left libertarian-socialist political and militant group that controls a substantial amount of territory
in Chiapas, the southernmost state of Mexico. Since 1994 the group has been nominally at war with the Mexican state (although
it may be described at this point as a frozen conflict). In recent years, the EZLN has focused on a strategy of civil resistance.
The Zapatistas' main body is made up of mostly rural indigenous people, but it includes some supporters in urban areas and
internationally. The EZLN's main spokesperson is Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano, previously known as Subcomandante Marcos
(a.k.a. Compañero Galeano and Delegate Zero in relation to "the Other Campaign"). Unlike other Zapatista spokespeople, Marcos
is not an indigenous Maya. The group takes its name from Emiliano Zapata, the agrarian reformer and commander of the Liberation
Army of the South during the Mexican Revolution, and sees itself as his ideological heir. Nearly all EZLN villages contain
murals with images of Zapata, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, and Subcomandante Marcos. [From Wikipedia, July 2019]
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