Subject: [ecoglobe] Pro-Zapatista Bishop Samuel Ruiz dead at 86
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico – Retired Bishop Samuel Ruiz, a staunch
defender of Indian rights who served a mediator in peace talks between the
government and leftist Zapatista rebels, died Monday at the age of 86.
The man who replaced Ruiz at the Roman Catholic diocese of San Cristobal de las
Casas, Bishop Felipe Arizmendi, said Ruiz died at a Mexico City hospital. The
federal Interior Department said he died of complications arising from diabetes
and high blood pressure.
Ruiz became an icon of the struggle of the Mayan Indian groups who were long so
marginalized and mistreated that they were forced to work in slave-like
conditions into the early 20th century, felling the forests on land that was
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