Accession Number : ADA312254

Title :   The Rebellion of the Zapatistas.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 95-7 Jun 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Paniagua, Edgar A.

PDF Url : ADA312254

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 147

Abstract : The Zapatista Rebellion-spearheaded by the Zapatista National Liberation Army or EZLN--erupted in the Southern Mexican state of Chiapas on 1 January 1994, surprising the whole Mexican nation. The EZLN emerged for public view as a well-organized movement that claimed broad membership and support from indigenous peoples in their rights to land, food, and justice. The government of Mexico reacted in an unexpectedly conciliatory manner. As a consequence, the actual armed confrontation ended after only a few days. A Conciliation Commission was appointed to deal with the demands of the Azapatista leadership. National and international public opinion was immediately focused on the southeastern Mexican conflict, one of the first 'post-Cold war' conflicts. A central purpose of this thesis is to highlight the inner and often partially hidden reasons behind the LZLN insurgency. This thesis examines also how knowledge about the origins and ideological foundations of the Zapatista movement emerged. It addresses how this information indicates that the Zapatista leadership is comprised of remnants of earlier Communist-supported groups--individuals who not only seek the overthrow of the established Mexican government, but who also seek the establishment of themselves in power.

Descriptors :   *MEXICO, *INSURGENCY, WEAPONS, LEADERSHIP, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), THESES, INTERNATIONAL, FOOD, LAND AREAS, PUBLIC OPINION, CONFRONTATION.

Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE