"Yes, Marcos is gay. Marcos is gay in San Francisco, black in South Africa, an Asian in Europe, a Chicano in San Ysidro, an anarchist in Spain, a Palestinian in Israel, a Mayan Indian in the streets of San Cristobal, a Jew in Germany, a Gypsy in Poland, a Mohawk in Quebec, a pacifist in Bosnia, a single woman on the Metro at 10pm, a peasant without land, a gang member in the slums, an unemployed worker, an unhappy student and, of course, a Zapatista in the mountains. Marcos is all the exploited, marginalised, oppressed minorities resisting and saying `Enough'. He is every minority who is now beginning to speak and every majority that must shut up and listen. He is every untolerated group searching for a way to speak. Everything that makes power and the good consciences of those in power uncomfortable -- this is Marcos." ~Subcomandante Marcos
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

He is the self-described spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), but considered by many one of its main leaders, since he is so prominent a figure. Famed for his black mask and surreal sense of humor, he arrived in the Chiapas in Mexico in 1984, white skinned, university educated and determined to lead a guerilla movement. On New Year’s Day 1994(the same day NAFTA was enacted) the EZLN launched a rebellion to demand indigenous rights and greater democracy, liberty, and justice. Though fighting gave way to negotiation within a week, and remains at this stage today, Marcos has won one victory after another over his foes in Mexico City. Marcos’ use of the Internet made him a global Robin Hood. The ski-masked Zapatista leader has appeared on such programs as “Sixty Minutes”, getting his message across in accented but highly articulate English.

Hidden in the smoke coming out of Marcos’ pipe are the letters “EZLN” which stands for “Ej√©rcito Zapatista de Liberaci√≥n Nacional” which translates to Zapatista Army of National Liberation. It’s a little tricky to see, but it’s there.

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