Lies from Oaxaca Ministry of Public Security and National Security Commission: the Nochixtlán case

Oaxaca, Mexico. June 19, 2016

June 20, 2016

By Regeneración Radio

On the morning of Sunday, 19th of June, in a joint operation using firearms, the Federal and State Police attacked teachers, students and residents of Nochixtlán, who had held a barricade for a week to defend public education. The Ministry of Public Security and the National Commission of Security assured that their agents ‘did not even carry batons’.

In a press conference, Gabino Cué – the Oaxaca state governor, stated that the morning eviction responded to the impact that the blockade has had upon the tourism sector and upon the economic activity of the state. The Federal Government stated that the governor had requested intervention from the Federal Police.

Various state department officials published statements on their respective twitter accounts, assuring that they did not assassinate the residents of Nochixtlán.

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Major State Repression in Oaxaca: Several Killed, Dozens Wounded and Detained

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By Scott Campbell

UPDATE 2: Scroll down or click here to see updates as of 1am Oaxaca time on June 24.
UPDATE: Scroll down or click here to see updates as of 2am Oaxaca time on June 21.

The looming federal police attack on the people and striking teachers of Oaxaca, Mexico has begun. There are reports of between six and eight demonstrators killed Sunday morning at the teachers-peoples highway blockade in Nochixtlán, northwest of the city of Oaxaca. The eight dead that the movement is confirming are Oscar Aguilar Ramírez, 25, Andrés Sanabria García, 23, Anselmo Cruz Aquino, 33, Yalit Jiménez Santiago, 28, Oscar Nicolás Santiago, Omar González Santiago, 22, Antonio Perez García, and Jesús Cadena Sánchez, 19. They were shot and killed when police opened fire with live ammunition on the blockade. At least 45 others have been hospitalized with injuries, the majority gunshot wounds, and 22 have been disappeared.

BACKGROUND ARTICLES:

This piece will focus on currently developing events. For information on what led to this situation, please see the following articles:

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Resistance Extends Throughout Oaxaca Against Education Reform

Oaxaca contra Reforma Educativa

June 16, 2016

By Avispa Midia
Photos: Heriberto Paredes and Santiago Navarro F

“Welcome to Oaxaca” says a metal plate at the entrance to this city. A city worth knowing, with a great gastronomic and cultural diversity, colors, sounds and tastes. One of the states of Mexico with the most diversity in native languages, one of the richest in natural diversity, but also the 3rd poorest state in Mexico, according to statistics of the National Council for Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL). Although, truth be told, there have always been two Oaxacas, the profound and everyday Oaxaca, and the one sold in advertising- a made-up Oaxaca offered to a wealthy sector. Today, an intense day of demonstrations throughout the entire state, the legend “Welcome to Oaxaca” was a welcome for the federal police sent by the federal government to establish peace and order in this federal entity and “to apply the Education Reform with military methods,” says the housewife, Jazmín López, who has joined the reception.

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Oaxaca, 10 Years Since 2006

Fernando Lobo

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Photos: Pauline Rosen Cros, Renata Bessi and Santiago Navarro F.

Interview: Niñx Salvaje

Ten years after the June 14, 2006 date when the popular uprising in Oaxaca began, we spoke with our compañero Fernando Lobo, writer and former broadcaster of Radio Plantón.

What is your perspective of what happened in Oaxaca in 2006?

At that time there was a huge conflict between the teachers’ union and the state government that was directly related to a wage demand. It was a matter of money. On the other hand, one of the strategies the union took was to not acknowledge the immediate authority- the governor, and instead engage in direct dialogue with the federal government. In this sense, this was the first moment that the idea of the removal of the governor was raised.

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After Police Attack, Barricades Reappear in Oaxaca

By Scott Campbell

UPDATE: Scroll down or click here to see updates as of 12am Oaxaca time on June 14.

In the waning minutes of June 11, federal police, the federal gendarmarie, and state police carried out a violent raid against striking teachers blockading the Oaxaca State Institute of Public Education (IEEPO). The attack comes almost ten years to the day when a similar state attack on striking teachers on June 14, 2006, led to a five-month, statewide rebellion.

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