The Zapatistas, an indigenous army in southern Mexico, rose up on January 1, 1994 to protect their territories and communities from the damaging effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement and capitalism in general. They have fought with guns, with protests, with their words, with solidarity projects, with radio stations, and more. And through nearly all of it, they have worn masks, not only to protect themselves from death squads or government soldiers, but also to express their otherness, that they could be anyone.
“The mountain told us to take up arms so we would have a voice. It told us to cover our faces so we would have a face. It told us to forget our names so we could be named. It told us to protect our past so we would have a future.”