Don Fidel, Mexico's last revolutionary, dies at 97
Monday 23 June 1997
Revered by some and feared by others, Mr Velazquez, the head of the powerful Mexican Workers' Confederation was seen as perhaps the last of the "dinosaurs" that formed part of Mexico's virtual one-party system until the democratic opening of recent years.
"He was a symbol of the hunger for power," said writer Carlos Monsivais. "Don Fidel knew how to reconcile the special interests of workers with the greater interests of the nation," said Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo.
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