December 18th, 2006 John Gibler writes: Over 2,000 women marched in Oaxaca then gathered to receive recently released prisoners. The 43 prisoners arrived in two buses from Tepic, Nayarit (a 24-hour bus ride). Over 150 people are still being held.
“When the impossibility of replacing a person is accepted, this opens the way for man to fully assume responsibility for his existence. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears towards a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the why of his existence and will be able to withstand almost any how.”
Víktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, p. 117
December 13th, 2006 – Antonio Cerezo Contreras writes: In these lines, Víktor E. Frankl reflects on his own life and on life in a Nazi concentration camp where people suffered truly inhuman treatment. Nevertheless, there, where life was “the object of extermination,” he clung to his existence and struggled to survive day by day.
[ Alberto Cilia held in Ixcotel, Oaxaca ]
Three students arrested and held incommunicado in Oaxaca
November 30, 2006 – John Gibler writes: Alberto Cilia Ocampo, a thin 21-year-old university student and regional chess champion from Mexico City, came to Oaxaca to document cases of forced disappearances and other human rights violations on Monday. Little did he know that within hours of his arrival, he would become the next case.
November 29th, 2006 – Committee of Family and Friends of the Disappeared, Killed, and Imprisoned People of Oaxaca (COFADAPPO) writes: On November 25, 2006, the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) initiated a violent attack on demonstrators in the 7th peaceful megamarch in the historic center of the city of Oaxaca. The march began at 12:00 noon at San Bartolo Coyotepec and headed for the Zócalo, the city’s main plaza. The first contingents arrived at the area around the Zócalo at 3:00 p.m. PFP attacks consisting of firing teargas and projectiles at the demonstrators originated a violent confrontation between the PFP and APPO members that lasted until approximately 8:25 that night.
Activists involved in the Mexico-Australia Solidarity Network staged an action at the steps of the Opera House today demanding the freedom of Mexican political prisoners incarcerated in Atenco and Oaxaca. The prisoners have been incarcerated since police staged para-military operations on demonstrations in these cities earlier this year. The Sydney activists defied laws against political protest at the Opera House, holding banners that said ‘We are all Atenco. We are all Oaxaca. Free the Political Prisoners’ and ‘Democracy is more than a vote’.