Jorge Martínez Almaraz dies, "El Chale", activist in the movement of 68

On Sunday, July 31, it was reported the death of Jorge Martínez Almaraz, known as “El Chale”an activist of the 1968 movement, as well as recognized for his work as an academic and for having implemented alternative education systems, to also teach literacy.

The Undersecretary of the Interior, Alejandro Encinas, the head of government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, and Senator José Narro were some of the Mexican politicians who mourned the death.

“In 1968, academic preparation was a ladder, an elevator that allowed us to stop being poor and change our social status; It guaranteed us to succeed in life, not like now that we have finished our bachelor’s, master’s and even a doctorate, which only serves us to drive a taxi, ”he said in September 2013, in a conference collected by The Journey of the East.

“El Chale” was born in Mexico City in 1946. As a student at UNAM participated in the 1968 movement. In the 1970s, I collectively created the Freire Active Center, through which children of intellectuals and politicians passed. In accordance with the daya, students such as the director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki, the actor and director Daniel Giménez Cacho and the children of Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Lázaro and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, passed by.

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Martinez Almaraz was part of the Cárdenas movement that sought the presidency of Mexico in 1988, which ended with the victory of the PRI Carlos Salinas de Gortari and accusations of fraud. When Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas became head of government of the then Federal District, Martínez Almaraz held the then Secretary of Transportation and Highways, now known as Semovi.

He was a professor at UNAM and last year it was reported that he was infected with Covid-19, for which his health was delicate. He was married to the painter Carolina Paniagua, with whom he had two daughters, Ana Carolina and María Emilia.

In 2003, he presented the book “The detective with the sad figure a project that was originally conceived as a film script. At the presentation, she picked up the note from the daya, Carmen Aristegui was at the presentation table and highlighted that the work Martínez Almaraz “It brings Don Quixote to the Mexican capital, to our circumstances and reality, places him in situations or circumstances that we can experience in any street or situation in Mexico City.”

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