zapatista army

“I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.”  Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata, whose Zapatista peasant army fought a long guerrilla campaign south of Mexico City.  This picture was taken in Mexico City in 1914, after the revolutionaries captured the capital.  However, the victors soon fell out, and Zapata allied with Pancho Villa against the liberal Constitutionalist faction.  He did die, assassinated in 1919, but still has an iconic legacy in Mexico today.

Then, in short, the capitalism of global neoliberalism is based o­n exploitation, plunder, contempt and repression of those who refuse. The same as before, but now globalized, worldwide.

But it is not so easy for neoliberal globalization, because the exploited of each country become discontented, and they will not say well, too bad, instead they rebel. And those who remain and who are in the way resist, and they don’t allow themselves to be eliminated. And that is why we see, all over the world, those who are being screwed over making resistances, not putting up with it, in other words, they rebel, and not just in o­ne country but wherever they abound. And so, as there is a neoliberal globalization, there is a globalization of rebellion.

—  Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona, Zapatista Army of National Liberation

Comandante Ramona (1959-2006) was perhaps the most famous female leader of the rebel Zapatista Army of National Liberation, operating in Mexico. She was in charge of an army which consisted of one-third women, and became a symbol for equality and the rights of indigenous women.

She joined the Zapatistas in an effort to give a voice to impoverished Mexican women and to end the injustices of the government against them. She was a dedicated diplomat, often delivering motivational speeches and peace talks.

Emiliano Zapata waits for the arrival of his ally Francisco Madero in Mexico City, following their victory over Porafirio Diaz in 1911. The alliance was short-lived, as Zapata was distrustful of Madero’s commitment to land reform in southern Mexico and soon broke away, to continue his revolution in opposition to the new government.

(Fototeca Nacional del INAH)

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EZLN & Football Club Internazionale Milano

Only few relations may be stranger than Inter Milan team and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in Chiapas, Mexico.  It all started 11 years ago, in 2004, when the Neroazurri came to San Cristobal de las Casas and gave a 5,000 euros donation, Additionally Javier Zanetti, the then captain, sent an ambulance to the local hospital.They were planning a friendly match between Inter and an all star team as a fundraiser, Inter agreed to this match but the all-star team have some problems and it didn’t happen, but EZLN and Inter kept in touch. Last year was the 10th aniversary of this unlikely relationship and to celebrate it, The Neroazurri were again present in the communities of Chiapas with its ‘Inter Campus’, which seeks to support young people living in poor areas, and keep them active doing sports. About 150 children from the entity enjoyed a week of training both inside and outside the classroom. Thus, the Inter maintained a supportive relationship with minorities found in Mexico; It had to be a foreign team that has shown interest in them, making fans wonder if Mexican clubs are interested in the social part of the reality that surrounds his followers.

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