As a young man, Ramón Pérez aka Tianguis interrupted his studies and enlisted in a burgeoning guerrilla movement to reclaim his people to ancestral communal lands in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. As a disciple of the famed Güero Medrano, a revolutionary who put his family and his own life at mortal risk, Tianguis begins to grasp the economic and political forces that Mexico’s indigenous populations must cope with if they are ever to gain control of their lands and lives. This is the straightforward testimony of the strife to surmount those obstacles.
From the grassroots organizing conducted by the peasants to the power of regional and national politicians to enforce their social order with pistoleros – through Tianguis’ unwavering account we experience the struggle and its consequences. The pursuit of Güero Medrano—and of Tianguis and his friends—is unremitting; there is no escape as they flee through the forests, small towns, and big-city barrios of Mexico. Capture is inevitable.
Following his release as a political prisoner, Pérez crossed the border to work in the United States, an experience he recorded in his previous book, Diary of an Undocumented Immigrant.