Brutal Repression Against a Professor in the Magonist Zapatista Alliance

To the national and international media.
To the people of Oaxaca and the peoples of the world.

19 de julio de 2007 – Magonist Zapatista Alliance (AMZ) writes: We are writing this letter from Organizaciones Indias por los Derechos Humanos de Oaxaca (OIDHO, Oragnisation of indigenous peoples for Human Rights in Oaxaca), Comité por la Defensa de los Derechos Indígenas de Santiago Xanica (CODEDI-Xanica, Comitte for the defence of indigenous rights in Santiago Xanica), Colectivo Autónomo Magonista (CAMA, Autonomous Magonist Collective); women and men of the Alianza Magonista Zapatista (AMZ, Magonist Zapatista Alliance), to all our comrades, both in the country and internationally, we ask you to organize urgent actions to oppose fascism in the state of Oaxaca.

We want you to know that:

On Monday 16th of July there were actions organized against the commercialized version of the Guelaguetza [the traditional festival of giving and sharing celebrated by the peoples of Oaxaca dating back to the times of the Toltecs], that is being promoted by the tourism business and the bloodstained government of Ulises Ortiz Ruiz (URO). It consisted of a march and an alternative Guelaguetza, a peoples’ one. Regardless of the march having already taken place peacefully, the celebration and dances were brutally attacked by the police, which arrested 74 of those taking part in it and wounded more than 40 (according to APPO and other organizations involved in it).


Communiqué: “no more injustices against the people”

June 27th, 2007 — AMZ writes: To oppose the assault against the people of Oaxaca since June of last year and to demand freedom for all our political prisoners, there will be a rally in front of the Supreme Court building at 3:00 p.m. on June 28, 2007. We will not permit any more injustices against the people! See you there.

The members of the Magonista-Zapatista Alliance (AMZ) strongly denounce the dictator of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruin Ortiz (URO).

Now, when the APPO and teachers from Section 22 have set up their encampment in the main plaza of the city of Oaxaca once again, URO is making another stab at dismantling the movement in the state with the arrest in Santiago Xanica of our indigenous comrade César Luís Díaz, a member of the Committee for the Defense of Indigenous Rights of Santiago Xanica (CODEDI) and council member of the APPO for the coastal region. He has participated in all the APPO activities, including the most recent mega march.

After receiving numerous death threats from regional PRI party members, César was arrested about two months ago on orders from the PRI municipal president and taken to Xanica, where they tried to hang him. They were thwarted when women and children saved his life.