April 30, 2010 — Contralínea is confirming that their reporters have been rescued, and provided a video they made a few hours after the ambush. Everyone from the caravan has now been accounted for. As well, Kristin Bricker reports that the two Triqui women kidnapped just before the ambush have been released.
The following is a translation by Scott Campbell, of the video transcription provided by Contralínea:
David Venegas: Today, April 27, we, a group of about 20 people, tried to enter the community of San Juan Copala in a peaceful manner. Today, at approximately 6pm, there are four people here: your servant David Venegas…
David Cilia: My name is David Cilia, I’m a reporter for the magazine Contralínea. I have a bullet in my right leg and on my left side. We are on the side of the highway.
Érika Ramírez: My name is Érika Ramírez, I’m a reporter for the magazine Contralínea. I am ok. I’m not wounded. For about three hours we’ve been able to keep ourselves from the paramilitaries, but we want to say that if something happens to us it is because of the slowness of the government in coming to our aid.
Noé Bautista: My name is Noé Bautista. I have a bullet in my right buttock, a bullet in my right shoulder and a big scrape here on my side. We were attacked around 2:45 in the afternoon, by more than 20 gunmen with high-caliber weapons. Now we are hiding. We fear for our lives. We’re concealing ourselves in the mountain. We don’t know what can happen to us and what they can do to us.
April 28, 2010 — The two individuals whose deaths have been confirmed are Beatríz Alberta Cariño, the director of CACTUS and member of the Southeast Mexican Indigenous Community Radios Network, and Jyri Jaakkola, an international solidarity observer from Finland.
Four people have been confirmed disappeared: David Venegas Reyes and Noe Bautista Jimenez, from VOCAL, and Érika Ramírez and David Cilia, reporters from Contralínea.
Other information: Protests have been held in the city of Oaxaca, where individuals blockaded a major highway with commandeered buses, and Mexico City. Numerous organizations and collectives have denounced the attack. A survivor of the attack held a press conference earlier today, where, as Kristin Bricker notes, she stated the paramilitaries identified themselves as UBISORT and said they have the governor’s support. Contralínea reports that the State Investigation Agency did not look for the disappeared today. Photos of the ambushed vehicles can be seen here. Here is an article written by a friend of Bety Cariño. Here is an article about Jyri Jaakkola before he left for Mexico.
In Mexico and internationally, people are protesting this paramilitary attack. You can help by sharing this information, and holding demonstrations at Mexican embassies and consulates near you.
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Keep checking El Enemigo Común for more information as it is made available.
April 27, 2010 — Killings and disappearances have been confirmed in an ambush on a solidarity caravan headed to San Juan Copala, Oaxaca. The exact numbers of dead and disappeared is not yet clear, and contradictory information has been put out.
We will publish more information about the people that are injured, missing and killed when those details are made available.
For more information, please read the communique from VOCAL, Paramilitary Attack Leaves Two Dead and Three Disappeared. It is now believed that there are more people who have been killed and disappeared.