This article gives a chronological account of the events pre-dating the uprising of January 1, 1994 and the Zapatista struggle through the years. The author examines these events in light of indigenous self-determination, taking into consideration conditions within Mexico, to defend the course of action taken by the EZLN as a means of creating a space for themselves within Mexican society. The author argues the current state of federal Mexican law and international law do not leave Indigenous Peoples, including the EZLN, viable options for resolving injustices committed against them. She also provides an overview of the structure that the Zapatista government has taken and how it has borrowed from government structure traditional to the Indigenous Peoples of Chiapas



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