Support and Solidarity Requested for VOCAL and the Social Movement in Oaxaca

We of the space called Oaxacan Voices Constructing Autonomy and Freedom (VOCAL) are writing to denounce the serious climate of harassment, criminalization, and persecution that the Ulises Ruiz Ortiz government and the local news media have directly unleashed against some of our members in recent weeks.

In particular, the repression began to get heavier after the events of June 20, 2008, when the organized people impeded Ulises Ruiz Ortiz’s presence in a public act convened by the municipal government of Zaachila.

They are blaming our members for initiating violence, when this was provoked by the PRI party municipal President Noe Perez, and his father, Mr. Natalio Pérez, who pistol in hand, fired at people peacefully protesting to defend themselves against the imposition of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz’s presence in their lands. This aggression is documented in photos and videos.

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Free All Indigenous Prisoners in Oaxaca and Mexico!

Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax. September 15, 2007

To the peoples of Oaxaca,
To the peoples of Mexico,
To the peoples of the world,
To the indigenous peoples,
To the Other Campaign:

Eleven years after the unjust imprisonment of twelve Zapotec men and women from the Loxicha region, the undersigned collectives, spaces, persons, and organizations demand:

THE IMMEDIATE FREEDOM OF ALL INDIGENOUS PRISONERS IN OAXACA AND MEXICO!

AN END TO THE REPRESSION AND DISPOSSESSION OF INDIAN PEOPLES!

The jails of Oaxaca now reveal the war unleashed by the state government and those who have served it down through the years. By means of a silent war, the corporations and all the political parties are trying to do away with the Indian peoples, plunder their natural resources, erase their history with blood, and take their territory away from them.

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1st Internacional Day for the Immediate Freedom of David Venegas Reyes

And For The Freedom Of All Political Prisoners

April 27th, 2007 – VOCAL writes:

Who is DAVID VENEGAS REYES?:
APPO council member: David Venegas Reyes is a young 24-year old Oaxacan student at the University of Chapingo. He is an APPO council member representing some of the largest barricades that carried on the resistance during the long months of the intense struggle of the Oaxacan people.

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David Venegas Cruz arrested

Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca. April 13, 2007.

3:00 p.m.

IMMEDIATE PRESENTATION OF DAVID VENEGAS CRUZ—ALIVE!
DAVID is an APPO COUNCIL MEMBER, a member of VOCAL, and an ADHERENT to the OTHER CAMPAIGN

Today our comrade David Venegas Cruz, “el Alebrije”, was arrested; he was a council member of the APPO (Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca) and a member of VOCAL (Oaxacan Voices Creating Liberty and Autonomy).

Around 1:10 this afternoon he was walking through the Juárez “El Llano” Park towards the assembly of the APPO State Council when he was arrested by members of the Oaxaca State Ministerial Police.

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