Convocation to the State Forum for the Defense of the Peoples of Oaxaca

TO THE INDEPENDENT SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS
TO THE PEOPLES’ MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES
TO THE CIVIL GROUPS, COLLECTIVES, AND DEMOCRATIC UNIONS
TO THE SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

The brutal, systematic repression of the Mexican State against the movements for social transformation keeps on happening throughout the country, and in our state the situation is extremely serious.

The dominant classes and the big transnational interests maintain a mediocre political class and institutions that aim to do away with citizens’ rights, criminalizing all social protest. The exercise of constitutional rights in Mexico and in Oaxaca is now a crime. In order to grant even more privileges to a handful of economic interests, there are no holds barred on state terrorism.

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Takeover of CNDH Office in Mexico City for Repressive Climate in Oaxaca

INFORMATIONAL BULLETIN:

TO THE NEWS MEDIA
TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

The misgovernments of Calderon in Mexico and Ulises Ruiz in Oaxaca are bent on maintaining their mechanisms of systematic repression and permanent violations of human rights and constitutional guarantees. They’ve proved this through processes of indiscriminate aggression against the community life of different indigenous peoples in Oaxaca and other parts of the country, and the situation is getting increasingly worse.

Their power strongholds breed policies of robbery and plunder, as well as violence. In them, many public functionaries who are obedient to very particular political or economic interests maintain relationships with corrupt authorities, local power bosses, or sinister individuals; consequently, corruption continues to grow inside the institutions and government structures.

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Stop the Fascism of the Oaxacan Government!

Last February 6, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the ministerial police of the State of Oaxaca detained Pedro Sánchez Antonio, the indigenous representative of the Chinanteca community El Pípila of the municipality of San Juan Mazatlán, Oaxaca. Compañero Pedro is a member and a delegate of the Union of Indigenous Communities of the Northern Zone of the Isthmus (UCIZONI) of Oaxaca. He was charged with the offenses of plunder and abuse of authority, supposedly committed against the political boss Carmelo Pérez, who was expelled from the region by campesinos in 2005.

On February 7, at 8:00 a.m. Dora Ávila Betancourt was arrested in Matías Romero, Oaxaca, by several heavily armed men. Dora was taking her daughter to school when they detained her, saying that they had an arrest order for damage to a highway that occurred in 2006, a charge that was previously dropped for lack of proof. Dora is 48 years old and has spent 20 years working in indigenous rural communities in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. She has been a member of UCIZONI, and is now a Human Rights Adviser for Rural Women.

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Urgent Action: Support CACTUS organizer Omar Esparza Zarate

Fear for the safety of Mixtecan human rights activist: Omar Esparza Zarate of CACTUS

Cuali Nemilistli Human Rights Network
February 2007

OMAR ESPARZA ZARATE/CENTER FOR COMMUNAL SUPPORT (CACTUS), HUAJUAPAN DE LEON, OAXACA, MEXICO

To the Mexican Federal Government and Oaxacan State Government,
To the Governments of the World,
To the general public,
To the press,

The Cuali Nemilistli Human Rights Network asks for your urgent intervention against the harassment, and risk to the safety and physical integrity of human rights activist OMAR ESPARZA ZARATE from the Center for Community Support (CACTUS) based in Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, Mexico. CACTUS is a member organization of the Cuali Nemilistli Human Rights Network.

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La Posada in San Juan Diego FNIC

December 29th, 2006 – Emily writes:

RETURN OF THE PRISONERS:
The lingering month’s anxiety slowly dissipated in San Juan Diego FNIC at dusk on Christmas Eve. As reunited families together returned to their homes for the first time since November 25, one could feel the tension that had burdened this humble community dissolve in the brisk air of the desert night. It was as if everyone—fathers, mothers, children, neighbors, friends and supporters—exhaled together, sighing in thankful relief to finish this painful chapter of an uncertain story clearly not yet over in Southern Mexico.

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Prisoners from San Juan Diego Released

December 26th, 2006 – Tennessee writes: Sorry we haven’t posted in a while. Christmas celebrations had us traveling around with Omar and Betty.

Christmas eve we threw a party in San Juan Diego FNIC for the families of the political prisoners. We didn’t know but they released the some of the prisoners from that community and they arrived in the midst of the party. I didn’t go because I had a stomach infection that left me doubled over in pain for 24 hours, but Emily went and I hope she will post about what it was like.

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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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