Paramilitaries and police in Oaxaca have begun a violent campaign to shut down all media operations that are in opposition to PRI governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, and to silence the people’s movement, APPO, which has taken over governing the state. The television station that several hundred women had taken over on August 1st was invaded by police forces on August 21st and damaged beyond use. Radio station towers have also been attacked. Protesters have been shot in the streets by police or military forces who refuse to identify themselves. People in Oaxaca are calling for international solidarity: “Organize a protest at your local Mexican consulate or contact the… responsible individuals and let them know the whole world is watching.”
TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
TO INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
TO THE PEOPLE
Oaxaca de Juarez, Monday 7th of august 2006, 5:47 PM
Indian Organizations for Human Rights in Oaxaca (OIDHO)- member of the provisional collective directorship of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO), sends the following urgent communique:
[ Photo: D.R. 2006 Nancy Davies ]
A blockade of the Oaxaca City Hall was carried out at 10:00 AM on August 7. In the name of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO in its Spanish initials), 500 teachers from Ocotlán prepared en encampment in the recently “renovated” Plaza de la Danza which abuts the entrance to the municipal building of the capital city of Oaxaca state. Ocotlán has a total enrollment of 1,000 in Section 22 of the national teachers’ union (SNTE).
Only a little more than a month after the brutality of Atenco, the Mexican government has once again revealed its tendency to violently repress political activity. This is what Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortíz means by “doing away with the social problems” of Oaxaca.
For the past three weeks, teachers, families of students, and the young students themselves have been in plantón, peacefully occupying nearly 50 blocks of central Oaxaca City. Essentially, the teachers are demanding a living wage from the state government and Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz. However, tensions have risen and the demands have transformed into a broader demands against neoliberalism and the ousting of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.
James Daria and Dul Santamaría, journalists with the Other Journalism and Narco News, were arrested today in Oaxaca City together with a group of colleagues and adherents to the Other Campaign. According to the following communiqué we have just received from the Red Oaxaqueña Zapatista (Oaxaca Zapatista Network), they were detained by a group of police in civilian clothing in an act of violent repression against independent journalism and the Zapatista Other Campaign…