Festive Left Friday Blogging: Viva Zapata!

Hugo Chavez in a replica of Emiliano Zapata's sombrero

Why is Chavecito wearing a big sombrero? Because the daughter of a rather important Mexican hero has just delivered a big honor to him.

Hugo Chavez hugs Ana Maria Zapata

Here’s the story, from Aporrea:

The daughter of Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata, Ana Maria Zapata, age 93, presented Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez Frias with an award on behalf of the Emiliano Zapata Foundation, saying that the head of state had carried forward the ideals of the agrarian reformer.

The event took place Thursday at the National Art Gallery in Caracas, along with the unveiling of an exhibition titled “Emiliano Zapata: Land and Freedom, 1879-1919”, consisting of more than 120 works commemorating the Mexican revolution and the identity of the Aztec people.

“In President Chavez we have someone who will carry on the struggle interrupted in 1919,” Ana Maria Zapata said.

Ana Maria Zapata came to Venezuela along with three granddaughters of the Mexican revolutionary leader, who made history around the turn of the 20th century, attracted, according to her own words, by the social, political and economic changes which Chavez had brought about as part of the Bolivarian Revolution.

The award ceremony and the visit of the daughter and granddaughters of Zapata to Caracas comes on the 89th anniversary of the Mexican hero’s death. Emiliano Zapata was assassinated in the state of Morelos, Mexico, on April 10, 1919, after having led an agrarian revolution in the Aztec country.

Translation mine.

There’s video of the award ceremony at the link. Go see it!

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