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violent repression in Oaxaca 
14th-Jun-2006 10:56 pm
Oaxaca looks like a war zone

To the peoples of the world
To the people of Mexico
To the civil society
To the social political, and humans rights organizations,

Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, June 14 of 2006

Today, June 14, 2006, on of the most abhorrent manifestations of the exercise of power on behalf of the government has been perpetrated in Mexico. At 4:40 a.m., an act of repression against the social movement in Oaxaca began. At dawn today, state government police forces brutally and violently evacuated teachers who were occupying streets and the central square of downtown Oaxaca. We are speaking of more than fifty thousand teachers.

They also beat other people and destroyed the radio equipment of Radio Plantón, 92,1 F.M., a wireless station that is been continuously transmitting the situation of the teachers movement. This community radio, which has been operating for a year, has played an important role in the transmission of clear and transparent information as it occurs in Oaxaca and our country.

This act is yet another piece of evidence of the repression that governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz has orchestrated against those who disagree with policies that violate human rights and those who stand up to denounce social injustice and the state of siege lived in today.
There are disappeared teachers, people hurt and intoxicated with tear gases, apprehensions, and domiciliary persecutions. Also mentioned are the death of two children and at least three teachers. After five hours of skirmish, the teachers began to re-occupy the central square while "the forces of the order" regroup in other places of the city to reinitiate the aggression.

The city´s inhabitants are very disturbed and have begun to organize in support of the teachers. Similarly, social organizations are pronouncing themselves against the repression.

On the other hand, governmental and commercial media, both radio and television, try to cause the social irritation against the teachers. Due to the destruction of Radio Plantón, groups of students and teachers took over Radio Universidad, the station of the Independent University Benito Juárez of Oaxaca, and are transmitting minute by minute what is happening in the streets of the city. In addition, the University has announced its total support to the teachers, declaring that this conflict has taken on a widespread social character and
invites the society in general to join the movement.

The main demands of the teachers are: adjustment of wages according to the cost of the life in Oaxaca; strengthening of support programs to the schools, mainly regarding infrastructure; allowance of equipment and diverse educational materials to students who live in the municipalities of greater marginalization; finally, an end to repression against education workers; clarification on cases of the disappeared; and the liberation of the political prisoners.

Currently, social discontent and mobilization increase. In the face of this barbaric repression, more protests have sparked:10 Municipal Presidencies have been taken over, among which are Juchitán, Zimatlán, Huautla de Jiménez, Teotitlán de Flores Magón, Matías Romero, Huajuapan of Leon, Port Angel and Puerto Escondido. Farmers are marching in from Tuxtepec. Inhabitants of San Salvador Atenco make their way towards the State Capital. The future seems uncertain, but hope grows.

For this reason, the teacher´s movement, social organizations, and a great number of inhabitants of the city hold the governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz responsible of the chaos and the violence currently affecting the most indigenous state of the country.

Finally, while a mega-march is being planned for next Friday, the government has sent orders of apprehension to the leadership. We hope to count on your support, and request the most ample circulation of this information.

Images: http://mexico.indymedia.org/tiki-browse_gallery.php?galleryId=43

source: http://mexico.indymedia.org/tiki-view_blog_post.php?blogId=29&postId=2313
15th-Jun-2006 03:59 am (UTC)
This is horrible. Why isn't any of this being reported in the english-language media? The situation in Mexico sounds rather explosive...
15th-Jun-2006 04:01 am (UTC)
that's what i'm saying.
the government seems to provoke people one time after the other,
locals say probably in order to bully people from any action after the election (less than 3 weeks from now)
15th-Jun-2006 04:15 am (UTC)
Thank you!!! It's all over Seattle as of now

peace, brother, take care of yourself and document ALL you can!! ("good" and "bad"!!!)
15th-Jun-2006 04:16 am (UTC)
hopefully people on other indymedias also post this by Friday...
15th-Jun-2006 07:21 am (UTC)
Oaxaca is beautiful I was there 2 years ago.
As for the situation, Western media pretty much only reports what happens in the so called non western world, unless it is a "terrorist" attack in which their interests have been attacked. The Tianamen Square "Massacre" is a picnic compared to what Mexico an American ally has had in the past.
btw Chapeye stay out of trouble, we want you alive and safe.
15th-Jun-2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
i'm a foreigner, i don't participate. i'm just an observer and a journalist
15th-Jun-2006 09:36 am (UTC)
Most of what you've been saying makes me feel completely disconnected from the rest of the world because I had absolutely no idea it was going on. That's a crappy feeling but I'm glad to have you on my friends list to remedy that somewhat (;
15th-Jun-2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
Ditto..see below.
15th-Jun-2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
You know, sometimes I get this feeling that whole world is burning and exploding and changing right outside my door and I'll never see it. As I've read your post I've asked myself 'why isn't this on the news!?! What's going on? What aren't they telling us?!'
I get so angry when I hear about injustice and pointless violence and chaos and oppression. I wish I could just get out and change it and use my theatre skills and my creative writting and utilize my conviction...
then again, why wish when one can do.
BTW, semi-obscure question; I'll be going to Pruage next year ( to teach and to live) what's the socio-politik scene there?
15th-Jun-2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
theu don't tell this just because today's Mexico government is a big friend of the US.
if, god forbid, this would have happened in Venezuela, beleive you would have it on the first pages of all newspapers.

yes you can do a lot to let people know.
as I heard, there already has been a protest in New York.

As to the Czech Republic I'm afraid I don't know more than you about it :)
15th-Jun-2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
I have forwarded this information to Jody Seaborn at the Austin Statesman and Michael Ventura at the Austin Chronicle. I will also link to it on my journal. Thank you for posting this.
15th-Jun-2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
thank you for forwarding this
15th-Jun-2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
I think it is notable that while the US government expresses its “concern” for the state of democracy in Bolivia and Venezuela it is silent about real human rights violations in Mexico and Columbia. This coming from a government that has a history of overthrowing democratic regimes seems disingenuous at best. I’m sure if Mexico ever gets a government that has the audacity to stand up to the US, the US will immediately start expressing its “concerns”.
15th-Jun-2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
i just wrote pretty much the same in a comment above :/
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15th-Jun-2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
thank you and thanks for reading this
15th-Jun-2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
The pictures reminded me of the movie Under Fire!

Frankly I'm shocked my preferred daily newspaper is not mentioning this. They covered the students protests in Chile and usually they're quite okay. I'm off to write them an email about this now.

Take care of yourself!
16th-Jun-2006 06:51 am (UTC)
and yeah, i guess it's great to remind the newspapers that they claim to be impartial. this is big and has to be mentioned.
a government is attacking teachers (!), killing people weeks before the election
16th-Jun-2006 01:02 am (UTC)
16th-Jun-2006 03:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for adding me to your friend's list and thanks for sharing this information with us. Even though I live close to the Mexican border the local newspapers pay little or no attention to the real news. I have strong feelings about the Oaxaca situation and it makes me sick to think that all of this can explode into another Tlatelolco.
16th-Jun-2006 06:52 am (UTC)
we shall see.
tomorrow's a big rally against this repression.
the presidential election is on the 2nd of July and the government corruption is said to be obvious.
16th-Jun-2006 10:39 am (UTC)
Hello! Just wanted to leave a comment saying 'hello' in your LJ. I'm happy of having you around my LJ!
16th-Jun-2006 10:42 am (UTC)
but also see what's going on here
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17th-Jun-2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
Everybody ere predicts evem stronger repression after a week or two as the elecrion (July 2) appraoch.
I think it is connected to the Other Campaign but rather psychologically than as an as a constant decision.

You are welcome
19th-Jun-2006 03:10 am (UTC)
oh man, this in combination with things like this:


(and that's the noly thing I've seen so far of anything remotely relating to politics in mexico being mentioend)
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