What Have the Zapatistas Accomplished?
Posted by Fredsvenn den januar 25, 2008
I. Wallerstein «What Have the Zapatistas Accomplished?«
Commentary No. 224, Jan. 1, 2008
On January 1, 1994, the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN), commonly called the Zapatistas, led an insurrection in San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas in Mexico. Just under fourteen years later, the EZLN convened an international colloquium on December 13-17, 2007 in the same city on the theme «Planet Earth: Antisystemic Movements» – a sort of stock-taking, both global and local, of their objectives. I myself participated in this colloquium, as did many other activists and intellectuals. In the course of the colloquium, Subcommandant Marcos gave a series of six talks, which are available on the internet.
In a sense, what everyone was asking, including Marcos, is what have the Zapatistas accomplished and what are the future prospects of antisystemic movements – in Chiapas and in the world? …