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The ‘New Tourism’ in Oaxaca

[ A marvelous pose, on both sides of the lens. ]

October 31st, 2006 – danielsan & ariel write: A photo essay of Soldiers enjoying their day in the Zócalo.

The soldiers seem to be the new tourists in Oaxaca City, buying mescal, shopping, napping, taking photos, and enjoying all that Oaxaca has to offer to this most recent influx of visitors…

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El Zòcalo de Oaxaca: Reopened, ‘cleaned up,’ and full of soldiers

October 31st, 2006 – danielsan writes: After another tense (Monday) night of barricades and threats, the people of Oaxaca City awoke this morning to find the PFP barricades somewhat loosened…

After the tremendous show of force on Sunday, storming the city and killing two, the Federal Preventative Police have opened their new-and-improved Zòcalo to the general public. It looks like they’ve spent the whole night painting over graffiti, but there’s still a lot of work left to do. The city is still tense, but the overwhelming response to Sunday’s invasion was militant defiance… with a pragmatic non-violent stance that bowed to the overwhelming force of tanks, helicopters, water cannons, tear gas, bulldozers, and thousands of federal troops.

The PFP retook the Palácio Municipál on the Zócalo, essentially the Capital Building, and sent government and military officials inside for the first time in months.

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¡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.