November 28th, 2006
TO SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS
TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
TO THE PEOPLE IN GENERAL
The unbridled violence against the people organized in the Popular Assembly of the People’s of Oaxaca, is worsening and spreading throughout the state as is evident in the following FACTS:
At approximately 10:00 PM on Tuesday the 27th, our compañero Marcos García Macedas, one of the State Councilors for the Committee in Defense of the Right’s of the People, an organization adherent to APPO, was ambushed in the middle of the town of Putla de Guerrero by ministerial police. The compañero’s health is tenuous as a result of four bullet wounds from the barrage fired in his direction.
He is in the hospital, in critical condition, and it is feared that they may try to move him.
In conjunction with APPO protests in rural areas of the state, the town hall in Putla de Guerrero was occupied, as it continues to be at this moment. It seems however, that Ulises Ruiz Ortiz’s wave of repression, with the complicity of the federal government, no longer seeks only jail for APPO members but their physical elimination.
Due to his inability to govern, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz has requested the intervention of the Federal Preventative Police (PFP). The PFP’s overwhelming presence throughout the state has warranted protection for state police and paramilitary groups so that they may enjoy committing major abuses against the population with impunity.
Among the abuses the emphasize: violent kidnappings, the leveling of residential homes, physical and psychological torture, cruel treatment, gunshots fired at activists and protesters, and most recently the relocation of the detained to maximum security prisons far from the state (In Nayarit and Taumaulipas) held incommunicado and isolated from their families, while being detained with violent offenders. In the state’s capitol, the rights to protest and free transit have been canceled, and the press is also being attacked.
Because of the aforementioned,
WE URGENTLY REQUEST:
– The intervention of Human Right’s organizations to stop the massacre and violation of human rights taking place against the Oaxacan population, simply for exercising their legitimate right to demand a change in a government which has been imposed, and the federal government is determined to maintain.
– The continuation of solidarity action’s at Mexican embassies and consulates in different countries against the actions of the state and federal police forces, as well as paramilitary groups and government authorities.
-To national Unions and organizations we make a call to make declarations and reclaim the demands of the Oaxacan people during the December 1st actions, as well as labor strikes in protest of abuses committed by authorities in Oaxaca.
Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, Álvaro Zenén Cholula, municipal president of Putla de Guerrero, and the Ministerial State Police are responsible for the attempted murder of our compañero Marcos García Macedas, as well as for the well being of all APPO members in the region.
RESPECT FOR THE HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEES IN OUR STATE!
OUT OF OAXACA ULISES RUIZ AND THE OCCUPYING FEDERAL TROOPS!
DISASSEMBLING OF PARAMILITARY GROUPS!
IMMEDIATE AND IN-CONDITIONAL LIBERATION OF ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
THE RETURN IN GOOD HEALTH OF ALL THE DISAPPEARED!
PUNISHMENT TO THE ASSASSINS OF COMPAÑ[email protected] DURING THE LAST DAYS OF STRUGGLE!
FOR OUR DEAD, DETAINED, AND DISAPPEARED, NOT ONE STEP BACK!
For the Defense of the Right’s of the People, Constructing Popular Power!
All Power to the People!
COMMITTEE IN DEFENSE OF THE RIGHT’S OF THE PEOPLE
PEOPLE’S POPULAR ASSEMBLY OF OAXACA
(traducido por [email protected])
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