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Comandanta Esther gained notoriety when she addressed the Mexican Congress on behalf of her fellow Zapatistas on March 28, 2001. The event is captured in a community mural of her at the podium saying, "It is symbolic that I, both a poor, indigenous and Zapatista woman have the opening word and that our message as Zapatistas is central here today."

Photo: Laila Laquebaila