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Prisoners from La Mixteca

December 20th, 2006 – Tennessee writes: On November 25th, after the seventh mega march organized by APPO (Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca) there were over 140 people arrested from throughout Oaxaca. They were first detained in Oaxaca City and then transported to a federal prison thirty hours away by bus in Nayarit.

On December 18th Emily and I read in La Jornada (the leftist newspaper in Mexico) that 43 of the prisoners had been released from a federal prison in Nayarit. One of them is from the community of San Juan Diego in La Mixteca. CACTUS –Center for Communal Support– is coordinating the fight for the release of the remaining 23 prisoners from La Mixteca, and all political prisoners connected to the struggle to oust Governor Ulises Ruiz.

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Photos from womens march and prisoner release in Oaxaca

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.

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Letter to the World from CEFERESO # 1

“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.

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Prisoners

Rights activist held in Oaxaca prison

[ 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.

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Prisoners Solidarity

A call to peaceful actions for the freedom of APPO prisoners

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.