Mexico: The Chiapas Uprising
On New Year’s Day 1994, the Zapatista National Liberation Army launched a series of coordinated attacks on government facilities in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The insurgents, largely indigenous, invoked the name and spirit of the revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata and his slogan “Tierra y Libertad” (land and liberty). The uprising stunned the Clinton and Salinas Administrations, which during the NAFTA debate trumpeted Mexico as a model democracy.
Recorded at MIT.
Jonathan Fox teaches political science at MIT, where he specializes in Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil and the Philippines. He is the author of The Politics of Food in Mexico and co-editor of Transforming State-Society Relations in Mexico.