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Education

From the Barricades: Oaxacan Teachers Speak

danielsan published an audio interview, in Spanish, with two Oaxacan teachers recorded on October 14th, 2006, at La Ley Barricade which protects an occupied radio station in Oaxaca City. An english language transcript of the interview has been provided thanks to Emilyn, Ariel, & Daniel(san).

During the interview, one of the teachers explains that, “The most valiant victory of this movement is what we’re learning from it, those who are participating, and those who are watching too. Oaxaca will never be the same again, after all of this. Because the people know what it is, a popular struggle. They know what it costs–the blood spilled. They know the need of organizing themselves. People see the need to organize just to feed the barricades! To sustain them!”

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Repression

Interview with an APPO supporter shot at a barricade

October 13th, 2006 – danielsan writes: Interview with Antonio Joaquín Benítez, APPO supporter, who was shot friday night at a Oaxaca City barricade.

Friday night, 10.13.06, three men in a red van pulled up to a Oaxaca City barricade and started shooting. They killed Alejandro García Hernández, shot in the head; and wounded Antonio Joaqúin Benítez. Two indymedia reporters talked with Alejandro yesterday, just hours after Sr. Hernández died.

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Culture

¡Ni un paso atrás! Not one step back!

danielsan writes: Seven audio pieces, with translation to english, are attached, all from October 12th. Five are from the CIPO-RFM march, except for two which relate to the opening of a Forum in Oaxaca City.

Saturday, October 14th – The 1er Foro de Solidaridad Nacional e Internacional con el Pueblo de Oaxaca [First Forum on National and International Solidarity with the People of Oaxaca] has just begun at the UNABJO [National Autonamous University of Benito Juarez] in Oaxaca City. Some await the results of the talks in Mexico City, slated to be finished early next week (Monday or Tuesday), others are moving ahead with alternatives methods of education, democracy, and governance with the intention of following through no matter what the Senators say.

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Repression

Ingobernabilidad

October 13th, 2006 – danielsan writes: As negotiations continue, the people of Oaxaca demonstrate the futility of any solution that maintains the same old government. Ingobernabilidad. It’s a pretty straightforward idea, but here in Oaxaca it’s a political term, a strict test, a standard to prove in the streets. That´s because a while back the PRI said that (x)Governer Ulises Ruiz (URO) was still perfectly fit for office, that the government was functioning, that the people of Oaxaca were ‘governable.’ Ever since, the teachers & la APPO have set out to prove otherwise: they WILL NOT BE GOVERNED, not by URO & the PRI nor by anyone else.

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Repression

Ulises Gives A Face to Corruption

October 12th, 2006 – danielsan writes: These days there is a lot of speculation and rumor, waiting for the outcome of the negotiations happening far away in the Capital City (Ciudad de México, D.F.). There are propositions, leaked deals, and infinite possibilities, and some impatience, too. But nothing is concrete yet. Each side has a central demand, but at this point it isn´t clear whether a deal can be made: APPO and the people of Oaxaca have made perfectly clear that Governor URO cannot remain in power, since he has not been in power for several months now. Any step forward depends on his resignation, voluntary or otherwise. The Government, ruled by a coalition of the PRI and the PAN parties, demands the abandonment of the central plaza (Zócalo). Obviously there are many more demands, but those two seem central and foremost to each side at the bargaining table. Seems like an equitable enough trade, but…