El Enemigo Común – The Common Enemy

An exposé of repression and resistance, “el enemigo común” documents paramilitary activity against indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico from 2002 through 2005.

The film “el enemigo común” scratches beneath the surface of neoliberalism, and some of the most hidden atrocities in recent North American history. The film documents instances of paramilitary activity against indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico from 2002 through 2005 while including scenes from an international human rights movement in 2003, in Miami against the Free Trade Area of the America’s, and in Cancun against the World Trade Organization. The three locations in isolation expose the disparity of North American resistances, but together bring us closer to understanding the nature of an emerging common struggle.

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Austin IMC presents el enemigo común

Friday the 23rd of September at 7pm
Monkey Wrench Books
110 E. North Loop Austin, Texas 78751
(512) 407-6925

el enemigo común begins to describe the face of a common thread between different communities in resistance. In particular, the film draws specific correlations and differences between the effects of Free Trade on the daily lives of peasant farm-workers, and the nature of resistances from the front lines of a international humanitarian movement for social, political, and economic justice.

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Governor Ulises Ruiz; 6 months of harvesting terror in Oaxaca

Since being sworn into office on the first of January, 2005 Oaxaca, México’s governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has been making good on his promise to “do away with the social problems” (i.e. popular resistance) in the state. Returning to the old, brute tactics of his party, the governor has been utilizing his power to stifle any group or community which opposes his rule. After only two weeks in office, he ordered the arrest of over 150 activists and organizers. In what can be described as a labyrinth of repression, the governor and his party are supporting paramilitaries and their reign of terror throughout the state. Autonomous and rebel communities face the constant threat of violence and death as massacres, brutality and politically motivated detentions have become commonplace.

Members of atx indymedia have been in Oaxaca the last two weeks documenting government support for paramilitaries and the revocation of constitutional rights throughout the state.

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San Isidro Vista Hermosa: Yolomecatl Confrontation

by ATX Action News Team and COMPA Youth
July 22, 2005

This video demonstrates the irony of indigenous celebration in Oaxaca.

This video includes interviews with victims of a paramilitary attack after being liberated from a kidnapping in Oaxaca.

The images are of their damaged community, and show many bullet holes which were blown through their community.

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