OAXACA, MEXICO: STATE REPRESSION

Police Attack Oaxaca’s Alternative Guelaguetza

 

One Person Confirmed Dead, 62 Detained, Disappearances

On July 16th in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, a confrontation between the APPO (Popular Assembly of The Peoples of Oaxaca) and security forces of the State of Oaxaca as well as Federal Preventive Police has left at least one movement participant dead as a result of police violence, at least 62 detained, and an unknown number of people disappeared.

According to an APPO press statement released the same day, the police launched “a broad offense” against the people of Oaxaca who were celebrating an alternative Guelaguetza. The APPO announced two days previous that it would hold an alternative cultural festival in the main Guelaguetza auditorium, located in the Fortin Mountain outside of the city.

Federal Preventive Police and State police surrounded the perimeter of the Guelaguetza auditorium in order to prevent people from entering the festival. A caravan heading to the festival, tailed by 10,000 people, arrived to the auditorium, and in that moment the police attacked the crowd with tear gas, rocks, sticks, and explosive projectiles. People retreated, and the police advanced, beating and arresting people. Three photographers were reported to have been beaten. Countless others were tossed into the back of police pick up trucks with serious injuries.

Video, Lunes del Cerro, by Mal de Ojo TV: part I | part II

APPO's Press Room | Indymedia Oaxaca | Mal de Ojo TV | Nodo de Derechos Humanos | Indymedia Chiapas | Centro de Medios Libres | Narco News

For the moment the state and the municipal police continue a citywide operation in the streets of Oaxaca City, detaining people in the open. The military are reported to have surrounded the city on the highways.

Several people are reported to be in grave conditions, and police apparently apprehended injured festival participants and APPO supporters while they were transported by the red cross to receive medical attention.

There are reports that the detained are suffering torture and constant beatings at the hands of the state and federal police.

Emeterio Merino Cruz Vazquez, the one confirmed fatality from police violence, was killed from impact from a unidentified explosive projectile fired by police, which split his intestines open.

The alternative Guelaguetza was planned by the APPO in response to the government co-optation of the cultural festival that reflects indigenous tradition through dance. The movement charges that the festival has been made into a spectacle for tourists for years, and that the “official” Guelaguetza is an economic excursion on the part of multinational corporations and Ulises Ruiz, the state Governor targeted by the Oaxaca popular uprising. Last year, in actions against the official Guelaguetza, members.

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Corrections

Jim 17.Jul.2007 16:38

The writer of this article failed to mention that APPO set fire to cars and busses, that they tried to burn down a hotel.

The police did not attack APPO, APPO attacked the police. As a resident of Oaxaca I have been watching APPO/police interactions the only time that you Don't see police patrolling Oaxaca is when APPO is marching.

Yes, I agree that Ruiz needs to go but Indymedia seems to fail to understand that APPO is out of control. The fact that APPO is a human right organization does not give Indymedia the license to not report the truth.

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Correction

Compañera 17.Jul.2007 21:14

My friend was at the festivities. Before the actual party people were arriving. A group of ladies wearing the flower baskets was arriving and the police wearing civil clothing attacked with dogs and tear gas. Then the men also arriving to the party started throwing stones meaning to protect the ladies.

Transmisión en la Rabiosa Radio

transmitiendo las noticias de las radios libres de Oaxaca 17.Jul.2007 23:51

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companies responsible

aristocratic anarchist 20.Jul.2007 18:11

so, who are the wealthy that are paying the government to dispatch this kind
of hate on peaceful celebrating people???????????????????????????????????????

Corporate Criminals in Oaxaca

via el enemigo común 21.Jul.2007 04:21

Tear Gas Canisters on Display. Made in the USA (Jamestown, Pennsylvania)
Tear Gas Canisters on Display. Made in the USA (Jamestown, Pennsylvania)

There are so many.

Here are a couple.

Corporate Criminals in Oaxaca - Updated (December 3rd, 2006)
 http://elenemigocomun.net/626


gas makers

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Combined Systems, Inc.
388 Kinsman Rd.
Jamestown, PA, U$A 16134
Tel: 724-932-2177
Fax: 724-932-2166

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their website is pretty horrifying yet clarifies the increasing linkages between the military and police. imperialism sucks.

3221 cn riot gas
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A Full Report on the Battle for Oaxaca, July 16, 2007
 http://elenemigocomun.net/1070

Mostruoso!!!

I.Gerosa 21.Jul.2007 13:22

Potrei fare diverse considerazioni ma mi limitero' ad una battuta non troppo spiritosa e, magari, utopistica: Vorrei che ci fossero degli uomini come Pancho Villa ed Emiliano Zapata. E' vero che , nonostante la loro azione,in quel periodo, fu il Potere a prevalere ,con la violenza (ovvio, no?).Ma persone di questo 'calibro', ormai, sono diventate impossibili, da trovare. Quando , chi detiene il potere, mette la popolazione in condizione di dover reagire, è inevitabile, ricorrere alle armi. Quello che è accaduto a Oaxaca, a parte il numero di vittime,mi fa pensare a Piazza Tien An Men, nell'89, quando centinaia di studenti , furono eliminati dall'esercito cinese. Il denominatore è identico in entrambi i casi. Da quello che ho capito, gli abitanti di Oaxaca, hanno inteso dare una precisa risposta,a chi voleva imporre il suo prepotente progetto , rivalutando e riferendosi alle proprie belle, interessanti e particolari tradizioni locali. Stavo pensando che in Italia, dove ormai si sta perdendo tutto, un movimento popolare così compatto, sarebbe semplicemente utopistico,aspettarselo. Ovvero, che gli Italiani, tornassero alle proprie tradizioni culturali, storiche, sociali etc. In Mexico, evidentemente, la gente ha ancora dei valori importanti, cui riferirsi e questo, a chi detiene il Potere , è chiaro che non fa piacere. Sono 'vicino' a tutti coloro che, ad Oaxaca, hanno sofferto e soffrono, per la violenza subita e che tutt'ora subiscono, da parte di polizia ed esercito.So che è poca cosa ma,sul momento, di più non mi è possibile fare, mio malgrado...Ma solo per ora, perché non staro' a guardare, mentre avvengono mostruosità del genere.

I miei sentiti Rispetti
Ireneo Gerosa

Kidnappings and Disappearnces in Oaxaca Today and Yesterday 07.23.07

eec 23.Jul.2007 18:09

At 1:20 PM today Monday July, 23rd, Radio Disturbio From Oaxaca Announced that they received reports of a kidnapping during todays march in Oaxaca City. Manuel Coronel, who was doing security for the march was kidnapped during the march route.

Radio Disturbio also reported the disappearance of Antonio Garcia Sanchez, and Arnulfo Martinez Cerqueda, two Teachers from Seccion 22 of ISTE and Gloria Ibanez and Adolfo Sierra of Michoacan late last night.

The situation intensifies by the moment.

Radio Disturbio:

 http://stream.giss.tv:8000/radiodisturbio.ogg#