Rebel territory, in the south-west Mexican state of Chiapas, where the Zapatistas live and evade the Mexican Army.
"In 1993, the Mexican Federal Government signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States, and, by implication, told the Mexicans that allowing unimpeded American business penetration of Mexico's economy would promote Mexico from the Third-World to the First-World. Disbelieving that, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation simultaneously arose in armed insurrection throughout Chiapas on New Year's Day 1994 — capturing four municipalities (25 per cent of the state); to date, Chiapas is economically and politically, socially and militarily unsettled.
The nationalist EZLN (Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional) insurrection replies to the NAFTA-induced dollarisation, and consequent deeper impoverishment, of Mexico's economy; the
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