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Students Re-occupy Radio Universidad In Oaxaca City

April 30, 2007 – Barucha Calamity Peller writes: At approximately 5pm, Radio Universidad in Oaxaca City, Mexico, was re-occupied by sympathizers of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) and students from different departments of the Benito Juarez Autonomous University. With protest songs and political information, the transmissions were initiated to spread information about the different mobilizations planned for the first days of May. May 1st, an international labor holiday, teachers from union section 22, together with other social organizations, will march to the Zocalo in Oaxaca City to protest the continuing governance of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, ousted by popular demand since June of last year.

The radio hosts are asking for support from students and the general public to reinforce the radio installations and take security measures in case of state repression. The radio hosts are saying that the radio and the university will be occupied for the next two days.

The university radio is the site of the November 2, 2006, battle between APPO sympathizers and Federal Preventive Police during an attempted eviction of the barricades protecting the occupied radio. The barricadistas and radio supporters were able to force thousands of Federal Preventive Police to retreat and continued to defend the occupied radio and it’s surrounding barricades for nearly a month despite severe paramilitary repression.

The radio was handed over to the university authorities a few days after the violent battle between APPO sympathizers and Federal Preventive Police on November 25th. Due to the siege of Oaxaca City by state, local, and federal forces and continuing repression, those upholding the university radio and the barricades felt that it was impossible to remain under the circumstances.

Although there were several radio takeovers by APPO sympathizers last fall, Radio Universidad had been the last remaining after violent evictions by Federal Preventive Police.

Today is the first day a radio has been occupied in Oaxaca City since November.

Live transmission from Radio Universidad can be accessed here:

http://www.uabjo.mx/radio/radioOnLine.php
(may not work yet…)

By calamity

Barucha Calamity Peller is a writer and photographer, high school dropout, and rabel rouser. For years she has worked within and reported on Mexican social movements. Her photographs and analysis have been widely distributed through alternative media outlets such as Counter Punch and the Independent Media Center. Peller reported from Lebanon during the 2006 Israeli-Lebanon war just before entering Oaxaca. She is known for getting herself into very dangerous situations and then escaping with photographs that depict both old women and young anarcho-punks fighting for peace and justice in the streets. Peller asserts that Oaxaca could not have been reported from the safety of a hotel room, but only from the barricades themselves.

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The last link on the UABJO radio page (the one that opens the stream in your browser) works, but with pauses so it’s pretty hard to actually listen to…

This post is a translation/paraphrase/repost of an article was written by Octavio Velez Ascencio for Noticias

Martes 01 de mayo de 2007. Núm. 10877
Toman Radio Universidad

La Coordinadora Estatal Estudiantil de la Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca ocupó ayer Radio Universidad para dar cobertura a las protestas del movimiento magisterial y popular.

Ocupa sector estudiantil
“Radio Universidad”

OCTAVIO VÉLEZ ASCENCIO
La Coordinadora Estatal Estudiantil de la Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca ocupó ayer Radio Universidad para dar cobertura a las protestas del movimiento magisterial y popular.
A eso de las 16:30 horas, estudiantes de diferentes escuelas y facultades de la UABJO entraron a las instalaciones e interrumpieron la programación de la emisora, que transmite en el 1400 de amplitud modulada, para dar a conocer sus manifiestos y canciones relacionadas con el levantamiento del pueblo a partir del 14 de junio a la fecha.
ntre ellas, el Son de la Barricada, del grupo Raíces, que junto con otras, ha caracterizado al movimiento magisterial y popular.
Uno de los estudiantes que hizo uso del micrófono, explicó la razón de la ocupación y convocó al pueblo a sumarse a las protestas convocadas por la Sección 22 del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE) y de la APPO, por la derogación de las reformas a la Ley del ISSSTE, la destitución del gobernador Ulises Ruiz Ortiz y la libertad de los “presos políticos y de conciencia”, entre otras exigencias.
Especialmente, llamó a los miembros y simpatizantes del movimiento magisterial y popular a bloquear las carreteras el día de mañana en las diferentes regiones de la entidad.
A la vez, denunció que un grupo de porros, vinculado supuestamente con funcionarios universitarios afines al gobierno estatal, se estaban organizando para ir a desalojarlos.
Uno de los voceros de la APPO, Florentino López Martínez, se comunicó a la emisora desde la Plazuela del Carmen Alto, donde se realizaba un festival por el “Día del Niño”, y convocó al pueblo a solidarizarse con los universitarios y reforzar la “toma”.
Por su parte, el rector de la UABJO, Francisco Martínez Neri desaprobó la ocupación, “aunque fuera pacífica, pues no ayuda en nada a la relación que la Universidad pretende establecer” con la APPO.
“Vamos a tratar de convencerlos para que la desalojen (la emisora). No podemos usar la violencia”, asentó.
Radio Universidad, fue ocupada el 14 de junio por estudiantes universitarios, identificados con la APPO, hasta noviembre del año pasado.
En tanto, según informes de vecinos del fraccionamiento El Rosario, soldados del Ejército Mexicano vigilan desde anoche las antenas de transmisión de la estación de radio La Ley 710, también de amplitud modulada, en prevención de una eventual “toma”.
La emisora, fue también ocupada por la APPO y se convirtió en la Ley del Pueblo de Oaxaca.

from Angry White Kid

By seven o’clock that night, the government supporters were already hard at work jamming the university signal. By 10:00 the students were no longer audible.

les envio saludos a todos los de zimatlan oaxaca en especial a la famili reyes del barrio de san jose desde chicago

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