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The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) is a revolutionary group based in Chiapas, Mexico. The Zapatistas’ base is made up of mostly rural indigenous people but has supporters across the country and world. Their main spokesperson is Subcomandante Marcos. The EZLN rejects and defies political classification, with a strong culture emphasizing the importance of indigenous Mayan beliefs. The EZLN can be seen as an anti-neoliberal social movement that seeks indigenous control over local resources, especially land. They highlight the struggle of “all the exploited and dispossessed”, and for this reason support the plight of many people of color around the world. A popular Zapatista slogan is: “For everyone, everything. For us, nothing” (Para todos todo, para nosotros nada).

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