November 26th, 2006
by Asamblea popular de los pueblos de Oaxaca
TO SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS
TO THE PEOPLE IN GENERAL
Last night was a another bloody chapter in our city of Oaxaca since the arrival of the Federal Preventatice Police, due to the attacks that were made against the human ring that members of the APPO maintained around the police posts in the center of the city, which generated a battle of more than 4 hours with the people organized for the legitimate demands: the departure of an inept and authoritarian governor, for the defense of human rights and constitutional guarantees and, since a month ago, the departure of the PFP, which has only come to try to legitimate the un-governor who fell because of his own weight.
An account of the damages of this new repression is still being made. Up to 20:00 o’clock today, there have been 184 persons reported disappeared, with 156 already located in 2 prisons. In this new repressive wave, men were not the only ones carried away. Of those in prisons, 36 are women. Considering the treatment that those who have been carried away by police and paramilitaries have received in recent days (medical inattention, they are hit during the detention, and physical and psychological tortures) and given the sexual aggressions by the PFP against the women detained in Atenco, it is extremely worrisome the situation that women might find themselves in. In a very personal way, we are worried for our compañeras: Jovita and Carmen Sánchez Cruz, Celia Salazar Hernández and Maria Ruth Cabrera Vásquez, the last one tortured until she signed a declaration.
The persons located in the Miahuatlán prison have already been transferred from there, so that once again their whereabouts are unknown, and we only hope that they were transferred to maximum security prisons, with the charges for which all the compañeros and compañeras were detained being: attacks on the means of communication; robbery of vehicles; robbery with violence; robbery in the first degree; sedition; damages to private property; arson and damages; although many of the damages, in particular the fires, were carried our by federal police themselves, in the case of the vehicles, and by thugs, in the case of the buildings.
The detentions that were carried out yesterday, with violence, as is characteristic of the PFP, were not sufficient to satiate the bloodthirst of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, who in a declaration to the media threatened the detention of the members of the APPO, including the leadership, even though there might not be amnesty for anyone. Apart from the prison, there are threats of new unlawful entries to personal domiciles and to the university in order to evict the student sector of APPO which has been in charge of operating Radio Universidad.
Along with the threats, they made the following aggressions:
· Around 20:00 o’clock, on two occasions in the course of a half hour, 3 paramilitaries, from a white ‘pointer’ automobile, fired shots against the emergency post located in the church of the Siete Principes.
· At approximately 21:30, the office of the organization New Oaxacan Left (Nueva Izquierda Oaxaqueña) was set ablaze.
In view of the government’s behavior, in the Federal District there was a manifestation of protest for the repression in Oaxaca, in which 80 compañeros have bled [coll.?] to ask the federal government, How much more blood is necessary so that, finally, you will listen to the dignified people of Oaxaca? On the other hand, tomorrow the APPO camp at Santo Domingo will be re-installed.
LEAVE OAXACA, ULISES RUIZ AND THE FEDERAL OCCUPYING FORCES!
IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL FREEDOM FOR THE POLITICAL PRISONERS!
PRESENT, ALIVE, THE DISAPPEARED!
RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEES IN OUR STATE!
FOR OUR DEAD, PRISONERS AND DISAPPEARED, NOT ONE STEP BACK!
For the Defense of the People, Building the Power of the People!
All the power to the people!
POPULAR ASSEMBLY OF THE PEOPLES OF OAXACA
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