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COMPA Hunger Strike Demands

TO THE INDIGENOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES
TO THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS
TO THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
TO THE PEOPLE OF OAXACA

The indigenous-campesino organizations that make up the Oaxacan Popular Magonist Anti-neoliberal Coordination (COMPA): CODEDI -XANICA (Committee for the Defense of the Traditions and Customs and Indigenous Rights of Santiago Xanica), CODEP (Committee for the Defense of the Rights of the People) and OIDHO (Indian Organizations for Human Rights in Oaxaca), in conjunction with CODECI (Citizens’ Defense Committee), hereby declare:

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The lights of Xanica

People in the Zapotec community of Santiago Xanica in the Sierra Sur of Oaxaca continue to struggle for their right to choose their municipal president in an assembly by means of traditional practices and customs and to gain the freedom of the first political prisoners of the Ulises Ruiz regime in the face of threats, harassment, and arrest warrants on the eve of the municipal elections of August 26.

August 22nd, 2007 – Carolina writes: The road to Xanica climbs up from Huatulco through a beautiful forest. It’s rough and unpaved, but the driver of our wooden-railed pick-up knows all the ruts and curves, even in the rain. He’s lived there all his life. His name is Isaías.

He talks to the two of us, who were lucky enough to be riding up front, about the woods and the deer and possums and armadillos that live there. Then he says, “See those lights? They’re the lights of Xanica.” On our two-hour ride they look really distant, then closer, then even further away, but there they are, shining clearly through the mist, always visible in this part of the Sierra Sur of Oaxaca. Isaías answers our questions and tells about the state of siege in his town.

Only later did I learn that he’s one of eight people from Xanica with warrants out for his arrest.

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