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Real Mexican Terrorist: A Group Profile of the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR)

NCJ Number
Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Volume: 25 Issue: 4 Dated: July-August 2002 Pages: 207-225
Mark R. Wrighte
Bruce Hoffman
Date Published
June 2002
19 pages
The article presents a discussion of the views, tactics and evolution of the Popular Revolutionary Army, a Mexican Marxist terrorist group active in the State of Guerrero.
Beginning with an overview of the living conditions in the State of Guerrero as opposed to Northern Mexico, the author discusses the violent political and terrorist groups that are organized and operating in the State. Overviews of several political and terrorist groups operating in Guerrero, including the Zapatista National Revolutionary Army (ELZN) and the Revolutionary Clandestine Workers Union of the People (PROCUP); however, the article’s main focus is on the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR). The author argues that the EPR is more violent and prone to terrorist tactics than the better know ELZN. The history and major activities of the EPR, beginning with the founding of the EPR on June 28, 1996, are presented. The stated purpose of the EPR is to overthrow the Mexican Government and replace it with one "based on respect for human rights." The EPR’s Marxists politics are discussed. A revolutionary timeline is presented as an appendix to the article. 68 notes, 2 appendices


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