The Zapatistas are on the move in Chiapas, extending their control into another 11 areas of the state. The Zapatista Army of National Liberation EZLN announced in a statement on the weekend it will create 11 new caracoles , or autonomous zones, in the southern state. Zapatistas have said in the past that nature and farming can co-exist in and around their communities. However, experts say that slash-and-burn agriculture, the rearing of cattle and thin jungle soil make human settlement and environmental conservation incompatible.
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The Zapatistas are on the move in Chiapas, extending their control into another 11 areas of the state. The Zapatista Army of National Liberation EZLN announced in a statement on the weekend it will create 11 new caracoles , or autonomous zones, in the southern state.
Zapatistas have said in the past that nature and farming can co-exist in and around their communities. However, experts say that slash-and-burn agriculture, the rearing of cattle and thin jungle soil make human settlement and environmental conservation incompatible.
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Zapatistas to extend their control with 11 more autonomous zones in Chiapas
According to its constitution, no commander or member of the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee may take positions of authority or government in these spaces. These places are found within the official municipalities , and several are even within the same municipality, as in the case of San Andres Larrainzar and Ocosingo. The MAREZ are coordinated by Autonomous Councils and their main objectives have been to promote education and health in their territories. They also fight for land rights, labor and trade, housing, and fuel-supply issues, promoting arts especially indigenous language and traditions , and administering justice. On 1 January , thousands of EZLN members occupied towns and cities in Chiapas, burning down police stations, occupying government buildings and skirmishing with the Mexican army. The EZLN demanded "work, land, housing, food, health care, education, independence, freedom, democracy, justice and peace" in their communities. Before that, the Neo-Zapastistas used the title of Aguascalientes after the site of the EZLN-organized National Democratic Convention on 8 August ;  this name gave the allusion to the Convention of Aguascalientes during the Mexican Revolution where Emiliano Zapata and other leaders met in and Zapata made an alliance with Francisco Villa.
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A series of articles on indigenous autonomy in the Zapatista communities of Chiapas. The Translations are by Laura Carlsen. We are producing this page in honour of the tenth anniversary of the Caracoles, as the articles were originally produced to mark the completion of their first year. The rains have flooded the land, mud has washed out the roads, the maize has been harvested, and the indigenous people have doubled their stores of maize seed.