1/01/2006

Zapatistas Leave Jungle for Tour of Mexico - Yahoo! News

LA GARRUCHA, Mexico - Zapatista rebels in rickety trucks and buses streamed out of this village Sunday, leaving their jungle strongholds for the first time in four years for a six-month tour of Mexico aimed at reshaping the nation's politics.

Thousands of supporters cheered as Subcommandante Marcos, the Indian rights movement's ski-masked leader, roared through La Garrucha on a black motorcycle with a Mexican flag tied to the back and the initials of the Zapatista military army, EZLN, painted in red on the front.

The caravan's trip through all 31 states and Mexico City is meant to influence Mexico's July presidential election. Marcos has said Zapatista leaders will reach out to leftist groups across the country, creating a national movement that will "turn Mexico on its head."

Zapatistas Leave Jungle for Tour of Mexico - Yahoo! News

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