Zapatistas: The Chiapas Revolt and What It Means for Radical by Mihalis Mentinis

By Mihalis Mentinis

The Zapatista military for nationwide Liberation burst onto the area level on 1 January 1994. Zapatista commander Subcomandante Marcos introduced a revolution, and declared battle at the Mexican govt and international capitalism. due to the fact that then, the Zapatistas have encouraged millions of activists internationally. they've got attracted a lot awareness from political theorists and analysts. regardless of this, there's little consensus in regards to the genuine nature and efficacy of the flow.

Zapatistas presents a daring new method of knowing the riot. Mentinis spent 9 months vacationing the Zapatista independent sector, and the result's this certain exploration of the indigenous political thought rising in the circulate. Combining this with an research of the integrity of the Zapatista venture, Mentinis attracts at the suggestion of the ‘event’ from Badiou, principles from Situationism, the ‘project of autonomy’ of Cornelius Castoriadis and the ‘constituent power’ of Antonio Negri, to provide a rigourous account of the circulation and the effect it has had on radical political conception.

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After several attempts by the new rector’s thugs to destabilise the situation in UNAM, on 6 February Zedillo sent in the Federal Preventive Police (PFP). For Mentinis 01 chap01 24 3/3/06 17:18:21 Zapatista Chronicle 25 the first time since 1968, a university was occupied by the military, this time in the guise of a new police force. The students arrested, 251 in all, were charged with terrorism and the clean-up squads whitewashed out murals of Che Guevara, Mao, Marcos and political slogans. ‘The PFP’, Marcos taunted from the jungle, ‘is Zedillo’s new excellence in education plan’ (quoted in Ross, 2000, p.

The EZLN declared its zone of control to be on ‘red alert’ and denied any relationship with him. A few days later Yanez was released. The year ended with the EZLN and the federal army on the verge of a military confrontation. In December the Zapatistas Mentinis 01 chap01 17 3/3/06 17:18:21 18 Zapatistas were preparing to celebrate the second year of their insurrection by inaugurating four more Aguascalientes (cultural, educational and meeting centres) in the jungle and Los Altos. The government took the Zapatista movements for military preparations and an increase in militarisation was provoked (Montemayor, 1997).

Key concepts in the Zapatista discourse such as ‘democracy’ and ‘equality’ demonstrate the attempt to construct a new ethico-political space and a collective will with emphasis on identity and democracy; that is, with an emphasis on pluralism, or what the Zapatistas call ‘a world where many worlds fit’. And this is exactly what makes obvious the national (popular) character of the indigenous struggle, which comes to challenge the hegemony of the dominant political system, proposing an alternative national political project based on the indigenous principle of ‘command obeying’.

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