Zapatistas, Heroes from the Last Century

Jon Guido Bertelli


In the mid to late 1990s, Bertelli searched for the last surviving Zapatista veterans from the Mexican Revolution of 1910–20. They were courageous fighters, who, under the leadership of Emiliano Zapata, fought fearlessly against injustice under the common battle cry, “Tierra y Libertad” (Land and Liberty). More than ten years have passed since Bertelli last saw his “old friends,” who have left to join their companions in arms. Their legacy and noble ideals still echo throughout Mexico.