Hernandez Mendez was the founder of indigenous organization "Unión Indígena Zapoteca Chinanteca" (Uizachi).
During Diodoro Carrasco's term as governor, Hernandez Mendez was accused of being connected to guerilla organizations.
The unproven and possibly politicized allegations were that Hernández Méndez had been a leader of the Popular Revolutionary Army (Ejército Popular Revolucionario, or “EPR”), but when the Zapatista (Zapatista Army of National Liberation , “EZLN”) movement grew in relevance he worked under Sub Commander Marcos. Within the Zapatistas he was allegedly known as “Commander Emiliano”.
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