Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos is the military strategist and spokesperson for the Zapatistas, an indigenous guerrilla movement in Mexico. It is his person, more than any other factor, that has pushed the Zapatista movement and the plight of the indigenous people in Mexico onto the international scene. Marcos continues to be the focus of media attention—in Mexico, in the States, and internationally, despite the Mexican government’s attempts to discredit him.
On New Year’s Day, 1994, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos and the Zapatistas, wearing their trademark ski masks, erupted on the world scene by declaring war on the Mexican government and attacking military installations in San Cristóbal, Chiapas. Since that time, Marcos, because of his charm, intelligence and mystique, has become a post-modern revolutionary hero. In his communiqués to the Mexican people, he has often related folktales and stories that reflect the culture and wisdom of the indigenous peoples of Chiapas.
But no one seems to know who Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos is. The Mexican Government claims he is Rafael Guillen, but they’re literalists. He says he’s a Mexican like any other, born somewhere between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and between the northern and southern borders. He says he wears a ski mask because he is no longer whoever he was.
Check out Subcomandante Marcos on NPR! NEA and the Zapatistas
Click here to read more about the controversy and Cinco Puntos’ response.
Subcomandante Marcos recently visited Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas on his tour of Mexico. Watch a video of him talking to his supporters on the US-Mexico border filmed by the El Paso Times. (The link to the video is located under the first photo of Subcomandante Marcos.)
Go to Subcomandante Marcos on Wikipedia for more extensive information.
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