Update on revolution in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Update on revolution in Oaxaca, Mexico

Postby isachar » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:21 pm

It's very hard to get any news on the situation in Oaxaca, so I'm passing along to the RI community this slightly edited (to remove personal and identifying info) email I received earlier today. Material in [ ] are my edits.<br><br>As I thought likely now that the 'winner' of the Presidential election has been 'declared', it looks like they're getting ready to break the back of the public school teachers who are a key (but by no means the only) element in a broad-based people's and social justice movement against the corrupt Governor and the apparatus of the State government.<br><br>----------------------------------------------------------<br><br>Hi,<br><br>Well, we felt a little tense the other day when, on the way out to [event] in Etla, we saw at least 10 trucks full of soldiers. And this, after many rumors of military intervention. It turns out they were just here for a parade (as if!). However, the house of Diputados is meeting tomorrow. I hear they are split 50/50 on getting rid of URO [the very bad State PRI Governor who has precipitated events in Oaxaca]. <br><br>Also, our [acquaintance] is a public school teacher and their pay has been cut off as of September, and they all received a letter saying they must report back this Monday - or else. The 'or else' was not specified, however the theory is that they'll force/scare at least some of the teachers back to work, or enough to weaken the barricades and reveal the "real" troublemakers. So, it goes on and on. But it's pretty dire; at [event], H, [a local bookstore owner] said they will not make it through October if the situation doesn't change. And of course, everyone has already cancelled for Day of the Dead.<br><br>--------------------------------------------------------<br><br>BTW, the protesters in Oaxaca are perfectly civil to and accepting of visitors/tourists. There has not been a single instance of any harm, violence or bad behavior exhibited by them against visitors/tourists. <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Update on revolution in Oaxaca, Mexico

Postby isachar » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:52 pm

What they fail to say, though, is that ALL of the serious violence (approx 6-12 murders/deaths, kidnappings, attempted kidnapptings, shootings, assaults, truncheons, tear gas, etc.) in Oaxaca has been committed by the Government against the protesters. Bastards! Reuters is part of the phony fake news machine.<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://today.reuters.com/news/articleinvesting.aspx?type=bondsNews&storyID=2006-09-20T024922Z_01_N19319727_RTRIDST_0_MEXICO-ELECTION.XML">today.reuters.com/news/ar...ECTION.XML</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>MEXICO CITY, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Mexican President-elect Felipe Calderon views violent disturbances in the tourist city of Oaxaca, where protesters are trying to oust the governor, as the country's biggest challenge, a top aide said on Tuesday.<br><br>Juan Camilo Mourino, the head of Calderon's transition team, said protests by leftists claiming fraud at the July election were less worrying because they were not violent, unlike the Oaxaca standoff.<br><br>"We see Oaxaca as the main problem facing the nation, without a doubt," Mourino told foreign journalists.<br><br>Five people have died in recent months as protesters try to force the resignation of Gov. Ulises Ruiz in Oaxaca, a pretty southern colonial city famous for its mezcal alcoholic drink and popular with tourists.<br><br><br><br>The trouble started with a teachers' strike but Indian groups and left-wing radicals have joined the protests.<br><br>Demonstrators, many from poor areas outside the city, have barricaded roads and burned buses, emptying the city of tourists.<br><br>In Mexico City, supporters of losing presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador paralyzed downtown for almost seven weeks with a sit-in to draw attention to their claims of vote rigging at the election.<br><br>The sit-in, which ended last week, was peaceful. Other protests in favor of Lopez Obrador have also been free of violence. "The Oaxaca issue is different. There has been violence, there have been deaths and a clear challenge to authority," Mourino said.<br><br>He did not say how Calderon, who has promised a firm hand against crime, would solve the Oaxaca problem if it is still simmering when he takes office on Dec. 1.<br><br>President Vicente Fox's government is trying to mediate between striking teachers and the Oaxaca state government, run by the Institutional Revolutionary Party which governed Mexico for 71 years until Fox's election victory in 2000.<br><br>Critics say Ruiz has been heavy handed in his handling of the strike, sending riot police in to try to dislodge striking teachers from the city's main square. Protesters said off-duty police shot and killed one man.<br><br>---------------------------------------------------<br><br>Besides evidence of 'manufactured' news (after all wouldn't who is commiting the violence be absolutely relevant to this story), this story is also evidence of the coming crackdown.<br><br> <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p216.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=isachar>isachar</A> at: 9/20/06 8:22 pm<br></i>
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Re: Update on revolution in Oaxaca, Mexico

Postby greencrow0 » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:03 pm

thanks for this update, isachar.<br><br>gc <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Update on revolution in Oaxaca, Mexico

Postby isachar » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:15 pm

gc, just happy to be able to be able to impart some realistic/truthful reporting to the infernal noise/fake news machine that dominates the reporting on the events in Mexico (and here, for that matter).<br><br>Thanks to you as well for your efforts to keep reliable info flowing on the situation in Mexico.<br><br>A couple other recent links of interest (I haven't read them all yet myself):<br><br>Mexico Third in World Oil Production<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7b98C466BE-C639-42DA-A420-F113CA6773E7%7d)&language=EN">www.plenglish.com/article...anguage=EN</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Mexico's President Fox rejects criticism of election by Venezuelan President<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/09/19/america/LA_GEN_Mexico_Venezuela.php">www.iht.com/articles/ap/2...ezuela.php</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Mexico backs Guatemala, not Venezuela for UN security council seat<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://english.eluniversal.com/2006/09/18/en_pol_art_18A779425.shtml">english.eluniversal.com/2...9425.shtml</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Opposition President Lopez Obrador Roving Mexico<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7b59C2AB40-2945-4938-956A-C1E2622B2427%7d)&language=EN">www.plenglish.com/article...anguage=EN</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Lopez-Obrador deserves full recount<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://badgerherald.com/oped/2006/09/19/lopezobrador_deserv.php">badgerherald.com/oped/200...deserv.php</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Oaxaca’s Cry for Independence<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.narconews.com/Issue43/article2078.html">www.narconews.com/Issue43...e2078.html</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Mexico needs new $3 billion nuclear plant says minister<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2459292">abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2459292</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Mexico overcomes new independence war as tension remain<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://news.monstersandcritics.com/southamerica/article_1202005.php/Mexico_overcomes_new_independence_war_as_tension_remain">news.monstersandcritics.c...ion_remain</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Oaxaca's Dangerous Teachers<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.politicalaffairs.net/article/articleview/4086/1/210/">www.politicalaffairs.net/...086/1/210/</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>NOTE, this last link is one of the best I've ever read on the situation in Oaxaca. <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p216.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=isachar>isachar</A> at: 9/20/06 8:38 pm<br></i>
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Re: Update on revolution in Oaxaca, Mexico

Postby isachar » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:20 pm

Another little lie in Reuters story cited above:<br><br>"The trouble started with a teachers' strike but Indian groups and left-wing radicals have joined the protests."<br><br>No, actually the teacher's strike is a long standing annual event that has been occurring - peacefully - in Oaxaca for many decades now, as predictably as rain in August<br><br>The 'trouble' began when the Governor (PRI) Ulysses (URO) began to steal public funds, cut down the trees in the zocolo and order his riot police supported by helicopters dropping tear gas into the zocolo against the teachers, killing between 3-6 of the peaceful protesters. That's kind of important info to know also now, isn't it? But does Reuters tell us any of that?<br><br>No, the lying bastards. <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p216.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=isachar>isachar</A> at: 9/20/06 8:21 pm<br></i>
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