Subcomandante Marcos

After NAFTA was signed in 1994, a northern Mexican known as Marcos came to defend the peasants of the Chiapas from starvation and displacement — not with weapons but with words. Marcos, also known as El Sup or Subcomandante, helped mobilize the illiterate natives of the Chiapas against the Mexican government in what became known as the Zapatista revolution. Marcos inhibited Mexican mythology by wearing the mask and he was championed by the Mexican public. He became a mythical symbol and he helped shed light on the plight of the indigenous Mexican population. Later, after his identity was finally discovered and revealed by the Mexican government he faded from public interest.

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