Saturday, January 07, 2006

R.I.P. Comandante Ramona


Comandante Ramona, the first Zapatista rebel to appear publicly in Mexico City after a brief uprising in 1994, died on the way to the hospital in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico, said Marcos, Zapatista leader, on Friday.
Ramona, who always wore a black ski mask worn by the Zapatista leaders, was one of the main promoters of womens rights in the rebel group. She won the hearts of many after the media showed her fellow Zapatista commanders towering above her during her 1st round of peace talks with the goverment in 1994.
Ramona recieved a kidney transplant from her brother in 1996, which was paid for by supporters who sent in cash after an internet campaign.
Marcos told supporters during a speech in Chiapas, " Mexico has lost one of those fighters that matter, and a piece of our hearts has been ripped out."
Marcos put his nationwide tour that seeks more support for Indians & the poor before July's presidential election on hold to attend Ramona's funeral in the rebel stronghold of Oventic.
Ramona was a very important member of the ELZN, as shown by the Ramona dolls complete with rifle & ski mask made by the indigenous of Chiapas & popular with tourists visiting Chiapas.
May you rest in peace Ramona, & know many will continue your fight for women's rights, as well as the equal rights of the beautiful, indigenous people of Mexico, & around the world. You will be missed, but never forgotten.