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Specters of RevolutionPeasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside$
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Alexander Avina

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936571

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936571.001.0001

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Retreading Old Paths, Forging New Routes

Retreading Old Paths, Forging New Routes

(p.90) 4 Retreading Old Paths, Forging New Routes
Specters of Revolution

Alexander Aviña

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 traces the processes of popular political radicalization that occurred in the face of persistent state terror after the 1962 massacre. The Mexican Left began to fracture both politically and culturally as a younger generation of activists who had experienced political violence advocated revolutionary “New Left” strategies. While previous social movements advocated the reformation and “saving” of the Mexican revolution from corrupt officials, post-1963 movements became radicalized after the national and state-level PRI criminalized dissent and persecuted social activists like Vázquez and Cabañas. This chapter demonstrates how Vázquez, Cabañas, and hundreds of others became revolutionary guerrillas determined to overthrow the PRI regime. Facing a regime that punished legal forms of pacific dissent with real and threatened violence, they forged an alternative revolutionary political option.

Keywords:   political radicalization, New Left, state terror, persecution, revolution, guerrillas, Mexican Revolution, Mexican Left

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