In defiance of severe repression brought by federal and state authorities, hundreds of thousands of Oaxaqueños took to the streets on December 10th for the international day of action for Oaxaca and the Eighth Megamarch. Demanding the freedom of 138 political prisoners, live presentation of disappeared individuals, the immediate exit of federal police forces and governor Ulises Ruiz from Oaxaca, 385,000 people filled the main avenues of Oaxaca City.
Eighth Megamarch: | APPO | New York IMC | El Enemigo Común
Since the Nov. 25 megamarch to demand the ouster of Ruiz and subsequent violence from police and paramilitaries, the state of Oaxaca is under de facto martial law. Human rights guarantees are null. A massive round-up of activists, arbitrary arrests and 300 arrest warrants have threatened to quell the popular movement of Oaxaca, headed by the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO). Arrested people have been sent to maximum security prisons in states hundreds of miles away from their families as stories of torture and severe human rights violations flood indymedia outlets in Mexico. The last surviving voice of the Oaxacan struggle, Radio Universidad,was turned over to university officials on Nov. 30.
In a midnight ceremony coup, Felipe Calderón took the Mexican presidency on Dec. 1. An ultra-rightist, Calderón assumed the presidency promising to deal a hard hand to all Mexican social movements. A few days later, four members of the APPO’s leadership were arrested while on their way to negotiations with the federal government.
The EZLN, which has just wrapped up its national listening tour, has called for international mobilizations in solidarity with Oaxaca on Dec. 22. (english | español)
APPO communique on Flavio Sosa’s arrest (english)
A call for peaceful actions for the political prisoners of Oaxaca (englsih | español)