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Subject: ENGLISH VERSION COMANDANTE RAMONA IN THE UNIVERSITY of MEXICO History was made once more in the university city of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, today Comandante Ramona from the Zapatista Army made her apperance before thousands of students, teachers and workers. Together with members of the National Indigenous Comite, she spoke of the present situation of Chiapas and Mexico. The blame was of course on the government, especialy Zedillo. In an other sense, the students show a great acceptance to this important woman and guerrilla leader and simultanously showed to there repulse to the mexican and u.s. government and just for the sake of it to the dean Francicso Castro de Barnes (Ph. D from Berkeley...where did the ideals go??). Castro de Barnes is the new Dean and is applying the World bank policies pretty quickly, which means privaticing the university.....soon more on that. bUT NOW HERE GOES COMANDANTE RAMONAS message.....

Message from Comandante Ramona, to the students of University City, UNAM in Mexico City on March 11th. 1997

Student compa1eras and compa1eros:

The 8th of March the International Woman's day was celebrated. For The EZLN the womans struggle is very important. Not only through weapons, but through the political organization in the comunities. Our hope is that one day our situation will change, that women are treated with respect, justice and dignity.

On January the 1st, 1994, the zapatista women said that we have the right to decide the number of children that we want and can take care of; that we have the right to participate in our comunity matters and to have positions ; that we have the right to choose our couple, not being obligated to get married; that none of us can be beaten or badly treated phisically, by our family or by strangers, and that rape or intention of will be punished.

You know the farmers (campesinos) situation, the injustice and the poverty in which the indigenous women live in our country. Every day that the supreme government continues with politics in favor of the rich, this situation becomes more dificult. We the women, are victims of the lack of education, of not having jobs, of daily violence, of health situations ever so much worse. That is why we struggle for the autonomy of the indian pueblos.

To take in our hands the control of our lives and not suffer so much. Millions of mexican indians, men, women and children have been sacrificed since 500 years ago. Millions of our ancestors were murdered with the violence of the arms or with that of misery. How many indians of Chiapas, guerrero, Hidalgo, Puebla, Sonora, Chihuahua, Veracruz, have been sacrificied for power of money?

On January the 1st of 1994 we shouted YA BASTA! to all this. And since then we mexican indians do not duck our heads, we see power head forward and make him lower his head. Because we have dignity and he doesn3t. Because we want a Mexico for everybody and they want a Mexico for only a few. Because we want to live in peace, while for them the best indian is the dead indian. We mexican indians know how to resist, we are not going to allow the power to continue with it3s human sacrifices. We have on our side, the justice, the reason and the historia. We will win and are going to construct a Mexico with all of you.



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