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Letter to Obama from family of Juan Manuel Martinez

Oaxaca, Oax, Mexico
July 31, 2009

TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA,
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Dear President Obama,

Maria Libia Martinez Moreno and the Martinez Tejada family wish, by means of this letter, to communicate to you our concern regarding the homicide case of Bradley Roland Will. We send this in the hope that our plea for help will reach you, by way of the U.S. Embassy.

On October 27, 2006 the journalist, Bradley Roland Will, a U.S. citizen from Evanston, Illinois, was filming for the news agency Indymedia, a march by the Oaxaca social movement, as it proceeded toward the municipality of Santa Lucia del Camino, just outside the city of Oaxaca. During the demonstration violence broke out between some demonstrators and groups made up of public servants and sympathizers of the PRI party. Bradley was injured by a firearm and subsequently died.

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Repression

Mexico’s fake RCMP report backfires

By Scott Campbell

It’s been a busy and interesting week regarding developments in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the U.S.

First, there was the report in the Mexican media on July 29 that an investigation by officials from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police into the murder of U.S. independent journalist Brad Will affirmed the conclusions drawn by the Mexican Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) regarding his death. The PGR, contrary to all available evidence, claims Will, shot in Oaxaca in 2006, was killed at close range by a anti-government protester. The media reports raised more questions than they answered. For example, why was the RCMP investigating this, and why, as evident from the reports, did they carry out such a clearly laughable investigation?

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Will Family Denounces the Continued Bias of PGR Investigation into Brad Will’s Death

August 3rd, 2009

The Will family today condemned the latest tactics of the Mexican prosecutor general’s office (PGR) in the investigation into the death of photojournalist Brad Will, who was shot while filming street protests in Oaxaca, Mexico in October, 2006.

With the leak last week of a report written by some retired Canadian police officers – a report commissioned by the PGR and presented in the Mexican press as an investigation carried out by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – the PGR continues its pattern of biased, unscientific and politically motivated investigative efforts of justifying a deeply flawed investigation into the true circumstances of Brad’s death.

The PGR has continually refused to pursue the most likely scenario that off duty Oaxacan municipal authorities – who were filmed shooting guns into the protesting crowds numerous times during that day – were responsible for many of the deaths in Oaxaca, including Brad Will’s. Instead, the PGR has chosen hearsay and fabricated evidence to help imprison an innocent man, Juan Manuel Martinez Merino. The Will family deplores the politicization of the Brad Will case.

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Media Repression

RCMP report reaffirms Mexico’s claims about the murder of Indymedia reporter Brad Will in Oaxaca

By Scott Campbell

I didn’t translate this article because I think it’s good. Actually, it’s horrible. As you likely know, in October 2006, Indymedia journalist Brad Will was shot and killed in Oaxaca while covering the uprising there. There is much evidence, including the images below, a report by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, and another report by Physicians for Human Rights, that conclude that Will was shot from a distance – implicating the paramilitaries unleashed by the Oaxaca state government.

However, Mexico’s Federal Attorney General has forwarded the theory that Will was shot at close range by a protester and has arrested and charged APPO member Juan Manuel Martinez Moreno with the murder. This theory and subsequent arrest has been extensively dismissed as preposterous and is viewed largely as a ploy to appease the U.S. into releasing Plan Mexico funds and to keep the ruling party in Oaxaca, the PRI, cooperating with the national ruling party, the PAN.

Enter the RCMP and the article below. The RCMP study, done this month, corroborates the Mexican state’s absurd version of events. However, reading the article, especially the end, one can see just how shoddy an investigation it was and how biased against the APPO and Brad Will the RCMP is. It really raises more questions than it answers, namely about the relationship between the RCMP and the Mexican police and Attorney General.

But worst of all is that this report will undoubtedly be used by the government to railroad an innocent man while the real killers, known to all and protected by the state, remain free.

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Media Repression

Mexico Presents Flawed Theory in Shooting Death of American Journalist

(Cambridge, Mass.) February 4, 2009 – Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) charges that Mexico’s investigation into the shooting death of an American video-journalist has presented a scientifically flawed theory that ignores PHR’s conclusive findings, including the discovery that one of the bullets was a ricochet.

Brad Will died of gunshot wounds while covering protests in Oaxaca in October 2006.

According to public statements made last December by Mexico’s Attorney General (PGR), the PGR rejected PHR’s forensic expert findings that one of the bullets that struck Mr. Will in the chest had ricocheted off a red-colored object prior to hitting him.