Tucson Community Responds to Intensifying Violence in Oaxaca

Protest the Violence in Oaxaca, Mexico

Nine individuals have been murdered since October 27, 2006, in Oaxaca, Mexico, including Brad Will, an American journalist with the Global Indymedia Network. For weeks, armed paramilitaries have been attacking the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, a fusion of striking local teachers and community organizations demanding democracy in Oaxaca. President Fox ordered the federal police to Oaxaca on October 28th to “stop the violence,” only resulting in increased attacks against the demonstrators. (More information: Global Independent Media Center.).

When: Monday, October 30th, 4:00pm
Where: Mexican Consulate Office, 553 S. Stone Avenue (Stone and 17th Street in Tucson, AZ)
What: Demonstration **Please bring signs and banners.**

The Tucson Coalition for Justice in Oaxaca has these demands:

* End the federal government sponsored violence in Oaxaca.

* Oaxaca State Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz’s resignation immediately.

* The release of all political prisoners in Oaxaca.

* We support Reporters Without Borders’ demand for a full and complete investigation by Mexican authorities into Oaxaca State Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz’s continued use of plain-clothed municipal police as a political paramilitary force. The arrest of the assailants is not enough.

* The Tucson Coalition for Justice in Oaxaca also supports the call of Zapatista Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos “to compañeros and compañeras in other countries to unite and to demand justice” for the dead.

The Tucson Coalition for Justice in Oaxaca
Endorsing groups:
Dry River Collective
Arizona Independent Media Center
Borderline Anarchy Collective
Students for a Democratic Society, University of Arizona chapter

Sign making starts at 1pm at Dry River Collective, 740 North Main.

Suggested sign messages include:
-Ruiz (or Uro) Out of Oaxaca Now! (“Ruiz se fuera de Oaxaca!”)
-End the Violence in Oaxaca (“Alto la violencia en Oaxaca”)
-Justice for the Murdered of Oaxaca (“Justicia para los asesinados de Oaxaca”)
-Freedom for Political Prisoners (“Libertad los presos politicos”)
-Long Live the People of Oaxaca! (“Viva el pueblo de Oaxaca”)


source: arizona.indymedia.org