The Zapatista rebels of Mexico: 20 years on and in retreat 

CARACOL MORELIA, Mexico — Driving deep into the mountains of Mexico’s southernmost state, Chiapas, a black and red billboard announces that you have entered Zapatista territory, clusters of tiny villages with withered corn stalks and heavy metal gates blocking passage.
These remote rebel control centers are called “caracoles” or snails, and just like the snail, the people here have withdrawn inside their protective shells, fatigued with the outside world and its empty promises.

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Photo: Alicia Vera for Al Jazeera America

The Zapatista rebels of Mexico: 20 years on and in retreat 

CARACOL MORELIA, Mexico — Driving deep into the mountains of Mexico’s southernmost state, Chiapas, a black and red billboard announces that you have entered Zapatista territory, clusters of tiny villages with withered corn stalks and heavy metal gates blocking passage.

These remote rebel control centers are called “caracoles” or snails, and just like the snail, the people here have withdrawn inside their protective shells, fatigued with the outside world and its empty promises.

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Photo: Alicia Vera for Al Jazeera America