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The 138th Anniversary of the Birth of Emiliano Zapata

Emiliano Zapata, born August 8, 1879 and assassinated April 10, 1919, was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution. The agrarian Zapatismo movement was inspired by activism and policies.
 
This year, in recognition of his birth and inspiration Mexican campesinos came out in their thousands in protest to force the government ends cuts in the sector, and abolish the agricultural commitments to the American Free Trade Agreement
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Emiliano Zapata Salazar remains an iconic figure in Mexico, becoming a national hero and the inspiration of the neo-Zapatista movement.
Emiliano Zapata Salazar remains an iconic figure in Mexico, becoming a national hero and the inspiration of the neo-Zapatista movement. Photo:Wikimedia
He was one of the founders of the Liberation Army of the South. They are know by the Spanish acronym ELS or as Zapatistas
He was one of the founders of the Liberation Army of the South. They are know by the Spanish acronym ELS or as Zapatistas Photo:Wikimedia
An old photograph of Tomas Urbina and Pancho Villa with Emiliano Zapata
An old photograph of Tomas Urbina and Pancho Villa with Emiliano Zapata Photo:Wikimedia
A better quality image shows Pancho Villa in the President
A better quality image shows Pancho Villa in the President's Chair, with Emiliano Zapata to his left and Tomas Urbina to his right Photo:Wikimedia
A recruitment pamphlet encouraging people to join Zapata
A recruitment pamphlet encouraging people to join Zapata'a army Photo:Wikimedia
On August 8, 2017 campesinos marched in their numbers to fight for agricultural rights. On the 138th of his birth, Zapata remains an enduring symbol of the struggle
On August 8, 2017 campesinos marched in their numbers to fight for agricultural rights. On the 138th of his birth, Zapata remains an enduring symbol of the struggle Photo:EFE
A campesino carries a flag that bears the image of Emiliano Zapata, as he marches for the Mexican Government to reverse cuts to the sector
A campesino carries a flag that bears the image of Emiliano Zapata, as he marches for the Mexican Government to reverse cuts to the sector Photo:EFE
Zapata believed in agrarian freedom.  In November 1911, he promoted the "Plan de Ayala" his plans for land reform with included the redistribution of lands to peasants.
Zapata believed in agrarian freedom. In November 1911, he promoted the "Plan de Ayala" his plans for land reform with included the redistribution of lands to peasants. Photo:EFE
Campesinos in 2017 marching in Mexico City for agricultural reform on Emiliano Zapata Salazar
Campesinos in 2017 marching in Mexico City for agricultural reform on Emiliano Zapata Salazar's birthdate Photo:EFE
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