On January 6th, 2006, Subcomandante Marcos was in Tonalá, on the coast of Chiapas, when he received notice of the death of Comandanta Ramona. He addressed her death saying: “The world has lost one of those women that raises new worlds. Mexico lost one of those fighters that they need. And who took a piece of all of our hearts”.
Like that, Ramona, “The smallest of the small”, as John Ross called her in “Noticias Aliadas” on January 26th, 2006, was and continues to be, in spite of her physical absence, tenderness, rebellion, decision and dignity. An example of struggle and resistance, for the respect of the rights of Indigenous women, for the valuation of their work.
The women that know her, made her more than an example, a symbol of our own struggles, a mirror of our own rebellion. Long live Ramona!
Words of Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos when announcing the death of Comandanta Romana.
January 6th, 2006. Tonalá, Chiapas
Cine Palacio/ 4:15 pm
Hello compañeros, compañeras. I ask you to listen to me attentively, and I ask you respectfully to not interrupt me until I finish. This thing that we are doing with the Other Campaign is so that the voices of everyone is heard. It is thus important that we all have patience and we listen to the voices of everyone. In my work as spokesperson of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, there are very hard moments, like this that I share with you right now. I’ve just been informed…for which we interrupt this, that Compañera Comandanta Ramona died this morning. As you all know, it was not bad but (inaudible)…thanks to the support of people like you, she was able to overcome it with a kidney transplant. This morning she began to vomit, with blood and diarrhea. She died on her way to San Cristóbal.
In this case, it is very difficult to speak, but what I can say is that the world has lost an exemplary woman. That the world, that Mexico lost one of those fighters that they need, and who took a piece of all of our hearts. Within a few minutes the Caracol of Oventic will close, and we will go there for the death of this compañera in private. We hope that the media respects this and doesn’t convert her death into an (inaudible). In light of this, we will cancel our participation in today and tomorrows actions, and we will now return there to wait the orders given by the compañereros, the command and the Indigenous Clandestine Revolutionary Committee. (Inaudible) We will be there.
Thank you for coming. Thanks for your words. We will have to continue with this. We will see the conditions. Comandanta Romana at the close of the plenary…sorry, when she began the Plenary in La Garrucha. We were joking with her. A few days ago, the compañeros saw her on the first of January. She sent me a salute and made jokes (inaudible). But now, I remember that that day of the Plenary, she gave us an embroidery she made when she was recovering from her operation almost ten years ago. She gave it to me and she said to me that she expected the Other Campaign to be like this broidery. That is our task. Thanks, compañeros. We have to withdraw. Sorry.
Translated from the original here: https://espoirchiapas.blogspot.mx/2018/01/a-12-anos-de-la-digna-muerte-de-la.html