August 18th, 2007 – un miembro del comite de bienvenida writes: Everything went well today in NYC. At its peak, 100+ people. No arrests and a lot of noise. The delegates were spotted at a restaurant half a block away from the consulate. Ruiz was not spotted. He may have been in the restaurant, but it remains dubious. There was another mustached latino man about his size, but not him. Regardless of whether he was there, his presence was certainly canceled in anticipation of the protest reception. The entire delegation’s dinner was interrupted, and then taunted for 3 hours until finally the police created a Hollywood style, roped off exit protest cage, brought in more police and had delegates exit the building in front of the crowd. Ridiculous.
Two SUVs, and 3 taxis drove consul officials and delegates to safety. The action began at 3:30PM, the official consulate press conference was set for between 5:00 and 5:30PM, and the delegates were unable to exit the restaurant until 6:30 PM, and then only with police assistance. There was press waiting at the consulate, but there never was a press conference there. Oddly enough, the protest had little to none, mass media presence. Several Mexican intelligence and consular security personal were documented video taping, taking pictures, and posing as protesters.
There were several confrontations with restaurant security and restaurant property (outdoor chairs and tables), as well as scuffles with the police. There were no arrests, and no serious injuries, other than to the face of the CONAGO delegation of Mexican Governors for even thinking about bringing governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz to New York to talk about his immigrants here.
The whole thing is so absurd that it almost seems like a provocation. I was up close. I did not see Ruiz. It seems they already sent that fool home. It is clear that a very public strategy of shaming any and all Mexican officials on international tours, with the idea that there are crimes against humanity that must be punished, was very powerful today.
The ignorant twist of a delegation of Mexican governors posing as the champions of the immigrant community, has been exposed. These officials are only here to discuss the thin line between international trade, and international “terrorism”. This meeting is a precursor to an escalation of the criminalization of dissent and immigration and most importantly, the further exploitation of natural and human resources from Mexico.
Dallas, suerte y amor desde Nueva York.
un miembro del comite de bienvenida.
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Images by the Ulises Ruiz Welcoming Committee:
In front of the Mexican Consulate (Brad Will Presente)
In front of the Mexican Consulate (with a Broken Window)
In front of the Mexican Consulate (Ruiz Out of Oaxaca)
At Ulises’ Restaurant
Fight Ensues with Security
Ulises Is Locked In
Welcome to New York
Welcome to New York
Simon Sedillio Speaks about Oaxaca
Ulises Out of Oaxaca
Tod@s Somos Oaxaca
New York’s Finest Serve and Protect Terrorists
Images by Alex Nathanson:
Outside of the Mexican Consulate protesters
Protesters covering the front of the Consulate with placards
The Mexican Governors and others inside the restaurant Salute near the Consulate
Restaurant employees trying to get the service door closed.
Protester outside of Salute.
Police hassling protester about a bottle of water.
Governors entering one of two SUVs
Police pushing back protesters.
El sábado 18 de agosto , cerca de 50 personas recolectaron fuera del consulado mexicano para protestar Ulises Ruiz, el gobernador de Oaxaca. Ulises Ruiz es responsable de, entre otras cosas, asesinato, tortura, y desapariciones en Oaxaca. Ruiz, junto con un número de otros gobernadores, estaba en Nueva York para discutir reforma de la inmigración. El domingo estarán en Texas. El acontecimiento, patrocinado por el Comité de la Bienvenida a Ulises Ruiz, fue instalado con menos de 24 horas de aviso. A las 3:30pm los manifestantes comenzaron a juntarse fuera del consulado mexicano en la 27 E. de la Calle 39. Pronto se supo que un número de los gobernadores, posiblemente incluyendo Ruiz, estaban en un restaurante cerca. El nombre del Restaurante es ‘Salute’. Mientras que delante del consulado por lo menos dos objetos, posiblemente tomates, fueron lanzadas. Los manifestantes rodearon el restaurante agitando con cante y carteles. Algunos manifestantes lograron entrar en el restaurante y rápidamente fueron lanzados hacia fuera, por algunos empleados/guardias del negocio. Los empleados del restaurante comenzaron a empujar a manifestantes cuando intentaron cerrar la puerta de servicio y en un punto alguien, posiblemente el encargado, cargó contra los manifestantes. En poco tiempo un manifestante le dio un tirón a las mesas y sillas del restaurante afuera en la acera. Los manifestantes mantuvieron los gobernadores en el restaurante hasta cerca de las 6pm y se cancelo una rueda de prensa de los gobernadores programado para las 5pm. Acerca de las 6pm los varios gobernadores y algunos otros salieron del restaurante acompañado por la policía y escoltado a dos vehículos, uno de los cuales tenía placas diplomática. La policía requisaron dos taxis adicionales para los miembros restantes de su partido. Nunca fue confirmado si Ruiz estaba realmente en el restaurante.
por Alex Nathanson email@example.com
Trasladado por Analysta
On Saturday August 18, about 50 people gathered outside of the Mexican Consulate to protest Ulises Ruiz, the governor of Oaxaca. Ulises Ruiz is responsible for, among other things, murder, torture, and disappearances in Oaxaca. Ruiz, along with a number of other governors, was in New York to discuss immigration reform. On Sunday they will be in Texas. The event, sponsored by the Ulises Ruiz Welcoming Committee, was set up with less than 24 hours notice. At 3:30 protesters started gathering outside of the Mexican Consulate at 27 E. 39th Street and it soon became known that a number of the governors, possibly including Ruiz, were at a nearby restaurant. While in front of the Consulate at least two things, possibly tomatoes, were thrown. The protesters surrounded the restaurant chanting and waving placards. A few protesters were able to enter the restaurant and quickly got thrown out, but someone managed to flip over all the tables and chairs that belonged to the restaurant that were on the sidewalk. Restaurant employees started pushing protesters when they tried to get the service door closed and at one point someone, possibly the manager, charged at the protesters. The protesters were able to keep the governors in the restaurant until about six and forced them to cancel a five o’clock press conference. Around six the various governors and a few other people left the restaurant under a heavy police guard and got into two SUVs, one of which had diplomat license plates. The police commandeered two additional taxis for the remaining members of their party. It was never confirmed whether or not Ruiz was actually in the restaurant.
By Alex Nathanson firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Dave Cuomo – email@example.com
Decorating the Mexican Consulate
Ruiz out of Oaxaca
Raising the call
Surrounding the restaurant
Bienvenidos A Nueva York
Ulises Ruiz, Governor of Oaxaca and target of a popular uprising in his home state, came to New York for a staged immigration symposium Saturday with a group of Mexican Governors. For his corrupt management of Oaxaca, support of paramilitaries to brutally repress his people, and the killing of NYC indymedia journalist Bradley Will, a proper welcoming committee was formed to confront him at Salute Restaurant before a planned press conference at the Mexican Consulate. Dozens of protestors held a press conference of their own out in front of the Consulate building then surrounded the restaurant. The protestors delayed the Governors long past the time of the press conference, until they had to be escorted out of the restaurant under heavy police protection and quickly sped away.
Protest Ulises Ruiz Ortiz in Chicago, New York and Dallas!