Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca. April 13, 2007.
IMMEDIATE PRESENTATION OF DAVID VENEGAS CRUZ—ALIVE!
DAVID is an APPO COUNCIL MEMBER, a member of VOCAL, and an ADHERENT to the OTHER CAMPAIGN
Today our comrade David Venegas Cruz, “el Alebrije”, was arrested; he was a council member of the APPO (Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca) and a member of VOCAL (Oaxacan Voices Creating Liberty and Autonomy).
Around 1:10 this afternoon he was walking through the Juárez “El Llano” Park towards the assembly of the APPO State Council when he was arrested by members of the Oaxaca State Ministerial Police.
As of now, he has not been presented anywhere. The Ministerial Police authorities deny having arrested our comrade despite testimony from witnesses at the scene. We know nothing about his physical and emotional state.
In view of the anti-constitutional practices of the police forces, we fear for the life and safety of our comrade David Venegas Cruz.
At the time we denounce the misconduct of the judicial police in arresting our comrade, We wish to make it clear that the only thing he has done is to participate in the legitimate social movement of the Oaxacan people; therefore, he should not be accused of any crime that would tarnish his image as a social activist.
In view of these events VOCAL calls for mobilizations for the immediate freedom of our comrade; his arrest is yet another example of the politics of repression against the social movement of the people of Oaxaca as a whole.
We hold the following people responsible for any harm that may be done to our comrade:
Mr. Daniel Camarena Flores, Director of the Ministerial Police of the State of Oaxaca, who in 1977 was Director of the Preventive Police that savagely repressed the student movement; Mr. Evencio Martinez Ramirez, now State Attorney General, who in 1998 was the President of the State Human Rights Commission and repressed the social movement in Oaxaca in this capacity; Mr. Sergio Segrestes Ríos, Head of the Department of Public Safety, who also repressed the people of Oaxaca in his capacity as President of the State Human Rights Commission; and, finally, Mr. Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, the illegitimate governor of the State of Oaxaca.
To the comrades in The Other Campaign,
To the democratic teachers of Oaxaca,
We ask your solidarity in demanding the immediate freedom of our comrade.
We also ask for a show of international solidarity to break the silence in the face of the repression of the people of Oaxaca and to win the freedom of our comrade.
The immediate presentation of our comrade DAVID
Respect for his physical and emotional integrity!
Immediate freedom for DAVID VENEGAS CRUZ and all the political prisoners in Oaxaca!
Voces Oaxaqueñas Construyendo Autonomía y Libertad, VOCAL (Oaxacan Voices Creating Liberty and Autonomy)