(PNS reporting from CHIAPAS, MX) Subcommandante Marcos, leader of the Zapatista rebels (EZLN) in southern Mexico, has announced that he is leaving the group’s leadership.
He said he no longer spoke on behalf of EZLN but will instead focus on his restaurant empire in Chicago.
Marcos is stepping down because of “guacamole recipe disputes” within the 20-year-old, far-left guerrilla group, he said, and denied rumors that he was hired as CEO of Taco Bell.
The Zapatistas have been fighting for greater recognition of the rights of indigenous people in the state of Chiapas.
“I declare that the one known as Insurgent Subcommandante Marcos no longer exists,” Rick Bayless, better known by his nom-de-guerre Subcommandante Marcos, said on a Zapatista website.
“The voice of the Zapatista National Liberation Army will no longer come from my voice,” he added. “Instead, I will focus all my energy on my delicious authentic indigenous artisanal mostly-gluten-free, low-cholesterol Mexican food and restaurants.”
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