María runs the canteen on the Finca 96 banana plantation in Sixaola,
in southern Costa Rica near the Panamanian border. She is portrayed
here with her grand-daughter Rachel Jasmín.
María's son, Felipe Fletes Corea, was killed by the police whilst
asleep in the early hours. He had been participating in a strike which
involved blocking the road that runs between Limón and Sixaola.
He was shot once in the face and twice in the feet. He was twenty two
years of age. According to Doña María the police had arrived
in an ambulance and caught the strikers by surprise. The policeman who
killed her son has never been brought to justice.
is survived by his daughter Rachel Jasmín who was two years old
when I met her and by Doña María.