The General Secretary of National Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, when giving a speech at the Civic-Military Ceremony for the 113th Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, recalled the tragedy that occurred in Acapulco, Guerrero, after the passage of Hurricane Otis, on October 25 .
In addition, he highlighted the participation in the Revolution of the trans leader, Amelio Robles, who belonged to the Zapatista forces in 1910 and was known as “Colonel Amelio.”
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When referring to the devastation left by Cyclone Otis in Acapulco, Secretary Sandoval said that the parade was held with few elements of the Armed Forces, because the majority of the military are carrying out support activities for the population of the Port.
The general highlighted that the Armed Forces have helped the construction of strategic infrastructure works in the country, such as: the Felipe Ángeles Airport. In Santa Lucía State of Mexico; the Felipe Carrillo Puerto Airport in Tulum, Quintana Roo and the Chetumal International Airport, also in that same southern state.
Trans revolutionary leader Amelio Robles
Within his message, General Sandoval highlighted for the first time the participation of a transsexual revolutionary leader, Amelio Robles, whom he referred to as Amelia Robles in his message.
Sandoval said that the Revolutionary Movement in Mexico “left democracy as a legacy and gave rise to our Magna Carta,” as well as the formation of the Constitutionalist Army, the predecessor of the current Armed Forces.
“We also (remember) brave Mexican women such as: Adela Abelarde, Amelia Robles, Carmen Vélez, Clara de la Rocha, Encarnación Vélez and all the outstanding Adelitas. All of them protagonists of the Mexican Revolution who, despite their differences, converged on the ideal to build a better country,” he stressed.
Also, he expressed that this November 20th commemorated the democracy promoted by President Francisco I. Madero, the perseverance of Venustiano Carranza, the bravery of Francisco Villa, the determination of Álvaro Obregón, the audacity of Emiliano Zapata and thousands of other revolutionaries. who participated in this heroic deed.
During the parade, a float was even dedicated to Robles, where his image stood out, which the Ministry of Culture has widely disseminated since 2019.
“This Zapatista guerrilla, originally from Guerrero, was born around 1889, the year in which he was assigned female, the gender with which he was recognized during his childhood and youth. At that time she responded to the name Amelia and was characterized as an unusual woman for the historical context in which she found herself, since from a young age she learned to use weapons and control horses, activities that were socially and culturally related to men. ” says the Secretary of Culture.
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“In 1912, when he was 23 years old, he decided to join the revolutionary struggle through the Zapatista ranks. His participation focused on courier tasks, smuggling of weapons and food, armed struggle and special missions,” indicates the Mexican Ministry of Culture.