Susana Mendoza

Chiapas, little changed two decades after revolution, awaits Pope Francis

Chiapas, little changed two decades after revolution, awaits Pope Francis

In 1994, this mountain town vaulted into global headlines when a group of peasants launched the Zapatista revolution, seeking greater rights for the impoverished and long-repressed indigenous population in Mexico's southern state of Chiapas.

The armed rebellion stunned Mexico and became a rallying cry of the anti-globalization movement.

More than two decades later, relatively little has changed for Chiapas' diverse indigenous community — still largely mired in poverty and underdevelopment. San Cristobal, however, has changed.

Indigenous craftsmen still hawk embroidered cloths, but down the street, a pair of Japanese musicians play reggae ballads for coins,...

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