Spanish Bilingual: Zapatista Negotiations
The signing of the 1994 NAFTA agreement was meant to improve free trade and the economies of the North American nations. While the agreement indeed proved beneficial to the United States and Canada, the peasantry and marginalized of Mexico, mostly comprised of indigenous communities, became concerned that NAFTA was going to exacerbate their political, social and economic inequalities thus the Zapatista movement emerged as a push back of neoliberalist reformation that did not benefit rural and marginalized communities.
This committee deals with the repercussions of NAFTA in Mexico in the form of the Zapatista movement which is widely considered to be the first postmodern revolution. Delegates will discuss the implications of the movement, both ideologically and militarily, the role of the international community, and the reformations to demand from the government as well as how to deal with a government that is continuously hostile towards them.
These negotiations will take place at the dawn of 1995 amongst community representatives and members of the Zapatista movement to set a series of demands and recommendations to the Mexican government. Delegates will be expected to compromise between radically different viewpoints and work through the challenges of the political stage in Mexico and the social dimensions of the marginalization of the members that comprise this movement.
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