Subcomandante Marcos is the spokesman for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), a Mexican rebel movement fighting for the rights of the indigenous peoples of Mexico. On 1 January 1994, when the U.S.–Mexico-Canada free trade agreement became effective, Subcommander Marcos led an army of Mayan farmers into eastern Chiapas state, to protest the Mexican federal government's mistreatment of the nation's indigenous peoples. Subcommander Marcos is a writer, a political poet, and an anti-capitalist who advocates the amendment of the Political Constitution of Mexico to formally and specifically recognize the political and the human rights of Mexico's indigenous peoples.
Journalists have described Marcos as both a post-modern and new Che Guevara. In his military capacity as a Subcommander of the Zapatista Army, his Marcos nom de guerre is that of a friend killed at a military road-block checkpoint. In his political capacity, he is Delegado Cero (Delegate Zero) for participating in the matters of La otra campaña (The Other Campaign), concerning the communitary autonomy and the socio-political rights of los indios de México, the indigenous peoples of Mexico.
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“Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort; rather, it concerns the basic human rights of family, country, justice and human dignity.”
—Imelda Marcos (b. 1929)