Street Battle Oaxaca: The Revolution of the 21st Century

November 20th, 2006 – danielsan writes: November 20th marks the anniversary of the 1910 Revolution in México, observed today in the streets of Oaxaca City and beyond.

The graffiti reads: ‘We don’t recognize the government’

The day began with a march from the Cuarteles outside of town (the army base and recruiting station) in commemoration of the Revolutionary anniversary, in response to a sexual assault on a local woman by the PFP (listen to audio below), and with the stated goal (according to the APPO website) of encircling the PFP in the Zócalo and taking back the Palacio del Gobierno (the capitol building, of sorts).

Almost as soon as the march arrived in the city center, marchers confronting the PFP lines were met with tear gas, and a street battle ensued lasting the entire afternoon. Countless canisters of gas were fired; the fancy pants hotel where URO and the PFP bosses like to stay came under attack when marchers below were hit by rocks thrown from the roof.


State Blames APPO for Brad Will’s Death

Nov 18th, 2006 – danielsan writes: As the official investigation into the killing of Brad Will goes on, legitimate questions are being asked but it is increasingly obvious that the state government is not acting as impartial investigator, but rather as ‘judge and jury,’ in the words of APPO spokespeople. This week, the PGJE (Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado: roughly equivalent to the state attorney general’s office) has attempted to blame APPO and its supporters for the killing, saying that they executed him at close range after he was taken away from the scene of the first shot.


Message from the Student & Youth Conference in Oaxaca

November 13th, 2006 – danielsan writes: A statement from the 2nd National Student & Youth Conference, held November 11th 2006 at the Autonomous University of Oaxaca – Benito Juarez


At present, the popular Oaxacan movement is in the vanguard of social movements in Mexico and in Latin America, and finding itself snared by the political class and its imminent demise, the 2nd National Student & Youth Conference, held November 11th 2006 proclaims its solidarity with the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) and calls attention to communities of resistance as follows:


Names of Oaxaca’s Disappeared

November 9th, 2006 – danielsan writes: A newly formed organization, the Comite de Familiares y Amigos de Desaparecidos Asesinados y Presos Politicos de Oaxaca (COFEDAPPO), has been collecting the testimonies of family members seeking word about where their loved ones have gone. The paper said they took 20 people off the street in one day this week.

Rumors are flying, but COFEDAPPO is trying to verify the whereabouts of political prisoners and gather statements by witnesses and family members to document disappearances, torture, and detentions.


The August Takeover of Canal 9 & The ‘New Zócalo’

November 8th, 2006 – danielsan writes: Seven audio files in Spanish in mp3 format, recorded at Canal 9 on October 17th, plus a short video showing the crowd at Plaza Santo Domingo, a few blocks from the central Zócalo, where teachers and APPO members and supporters now gather.

The story of the takeover of Canal 9, the state-run TV station taken over by a group of women on August 1st. They maintained a blockade of the station for almost three months, until the PFP arrived last week and removed them. We talked to two teachers (and one of their daughters) outside the station a couple weeks ago about the takeover and the situation for teachers in Oaxaca. It was an interesting conversation–of particular note is the file ‘Is APPO Feminist?’ Apparently ‘feminism’ is a bad word in México, just like it is in the states. While the teacher discussed the efforts of APPO members to support gender equality, she explicitly states that it is *not* a feminist movement because it doesn’t exclude men. I guess it all depends on how we’re socialized to define the word. We also discussed the role of the Catholic Church in the movement and heard from a teenage student about the lessons being learned in the streets.