Indymedia web journalist dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Indymedia web journalist dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

Postby dugoboy » Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:21 am

link: <!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20061027.woaxaca1027/BNStory/International/" target="top"><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Shootout in besieged Mexican city kills NYC journalist</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--></a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br><br>Shootout in besieged Mexican city kills NYC journalist<br>REBECA ROMERO <br><br>Associated Press<br><br>Oaxaca, Mexico — Two shootouts left an American journalist from New York dead and several other people injured Friday in this city where protesters have barricaded streets and occupied government buildings for five months in a bid to oust the governor.<br><br>The gunfire erupted in a rough Oaxaca neighbourhood when armed men tried to remove a blockade set up by protesters who are demanding the resignation of Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz, said a police official who was not authorized to speak on the record. Both sides fired but it was not clear who shot first, he said.<br><br>An Associated Press video taken at the scene shows people ducking for cover as shots rattle out from many directions. A group of six men are seen running through the street with Bradley.<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>The American victim was identified by friends as Bradley Roland Will, 36, of New York City. He was shot in the abdomen and died later at a Red Cross hospital, police and witnesses said. Hinrich Schuleze, a co-worker of Mr. Will's, said he worked for Indymedia.org, an independent Web-based media organization.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>Oswaldo Ramirez, a photographer for the Mexico City daily newspaper Milenio was shot in the foot and taken to hospital, Milenio said on its Web site.<br><br>The second shoot-out erupted between protesters and an armed group outside the state prosecutors office and left three people injured, the police official said.<br><br>Protesters have taken over the historic city since June, building barricades, driving out police and burning buses. The protesters accuse the governor of rigging the 2004 election to win office and using violence against his opponents.<br><br>Friday's clash came a day after teachers agreed to end their five-month-old strike that has kept 1.3 million children out of classes in the state of Oaxaca — a move that was expected to take the sting out of the protests.<br><br>The teachers have been camped out in Oaxaca city's colonial centre since May when they first walked out to demand higher pay and better working conditions.<br><br>After police attacked one of their demonstrations in June, they extended their demands to include a call for the resignation of Ruiz and were joined by leftists, students and Indian groups.<br><br>Police and armed gangs have led sporadic attacks on the protesters, and at least five people have been killed in violence related to the unrest.<br><br>The lawlessness has led to armed groups of protesters and other residents patrolling the streets, frequently capturing and beating suspected criminals.<br><br>On Thursday, just over 31,000 teachers voted to end their walkout, union secretary Ezequiel Rosales said. More than 20,000 voted to continue the strike.<br><br>Union leaders said they planned to meet with Interior Secretary Carlos Abascal in Mexico City on Friday to hammer out conditions for their return to classes.<br><br>Mr. Rosales said the teachers would demand that the government guarantee the safety of returning teachers, who fear reprisals from Ruiz supporters. Union leaders also are seeking the release of four jailed protesters and the cancellation of outstanding arrest warrants against demonstrators.<br><br>also:<br>link: <!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0725/p01s03-woam.html" target="top"><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>In Mexico, social unrest reflects rising expectations</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--></a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br><br>Local protests have become overriding themes in the disputed presidential race.<br>By Sara Miller Llana | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor <br><br>OAXACA CITY, MEXICO – In April a sit-in among steelworkers in the west turned deadly. The next month came violent demonstrations outside Mexico City. <br><br>Now, thousands of dissidents in the southern state of Oaxaca have taken over this pretty colonial capital, shattering windows of hotels, spraying buildings with revolutionary graffiti, and causing the city to cancel its most famed festival of the year.<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Over the weekend, gunmen attacked a radio station in Oaxaca that had supported a mass movement calling for the resignation of the governor.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--> <br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>While these flare-ups are driven by local circumstance, they share their origins in class friction and distrust of authority. These issues have long been part of Mexican society, but have now become overriding themes in the still-disputed July 2 presidential election.<br><br>"We are seeing a big awakening," says Wilfrido Mayren Pelaez, a Catholic priest in Oaxaca City who has been mediating between the strikers and the state government.<br><br>"People have changed.... Across the country, we are seeing that in different ways and with different expressions."</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>Protests over disparities are not new to Mexico's political landscape. Its 1910 revolution was sparked in part by peasants and the working classes seeking to overhaul the inequities exacerbated by the Porfirio Díaz dictatorship.<br><br>But <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>many say that social tensions have reached a fever pitch, in part because of expectations and realities formed by the unraveling of 71 years of authoritarian rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), whose reign ended with President Vicente Fox's victory in 2000.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>"In the case of Oaxaca, what we are seeing now is something that has been boiling for decades," says Rossana Fuentes-Berain, a political analyst at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico. "It is emblematic of frustrations people feel in parts of the country."</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>The clashes in Oaxaca, which is closed off by metal barricades that are spray-painted with threats aimed at Gov. Ulises Ruiz, are taking place against the backdrop of the disputed presidential election.<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>The 2006 race, the closest in history, has the free-trade advocate Felipe Calderón winning with a little more than half a percentage point over Andrés Manuel López Obrador, an outspoken advocate of the poor - and has split the country along geographic and class lines.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>In Oaxaca, an annual protest by the teachers' union morphed last month into a mass movement calling for Governor Ruiz's resignation when he ordered state police to clear out strikers from the teacher's union, who have been leading an annual protest for higher wages for 26 years.<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>The government response represents a heavy-handedness that observers say the people of Mexico will no longer accept. The repression, which included tear gas, angered union groups, farmers, and radical political organizations alike. They have banded together to demand his resignation, sleeping in shifts in the central plaza, or zocalo.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>"The PRI bet that the traditional way of doing things would work," says Gloria Zafra, a sociologist at the Benito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca. "But the people changed."</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>The power struggle in Oaxaca has drawn other embittered residents, protesters say, including activists from San Salvador Atenco, where the May demonstrations took place. One banner for "Radio Kapucha," a radio station formed by activists from Chiapas, makes reference to a crusade launched by Zapatista rebel leader "Subcomandante Marcos" this winter to expose what he called the inadequacy of all three main presidential candidates.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>"It is time that we all come together and participate,"</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--> says Mari Gutierrez, who teaches religion classes outside Oaxaca City and has joined a group of Catholic organizations camping out in the zocalo. <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>"A lot of us are becoming conscious that the government [officials] are liars, and we need to join the people's fight against inequality and injustice."</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Runner-up López Obrador, <!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>who lost by 244,000 votes</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END-->, has submitted claims of voter fraud and requests for a full recount to the nation's top electoral court, which has until Sept. 6 to certify a winner. He announced at a rally last Sunday that he would launch a campaign of civil disobedience if his request for a recount were not granted.<br><br><!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>No matter who wins, experts say, Mexico's next president will struggle gaining legitimacy in the eyes of a significant part of the population</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END-->.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>"This is a very contested election," says Ms. Fuentes-Berain. She says she does not expect unrest to replicate itself across the country, because Oaxaca and San Salvador Atenco are examples of movements that have been taken over by radical factions.<br><br>"But what we are seeing now is worrisome proof of how ungovernable a state can turn when there is no real good faith [effort] at negotiation ... on both sides," she says, referring to talks between the striking teachers and the government.<br><br>Protestors in Oaxaca are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss their next steps, says Father Mayren Pelaez. They had refused to negotiate any terms until Ruiz steps down, but they could reconsider that stance, he says. "If that happens, we have hope of beginning to talk again," he says.<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>But many protestors say that their goals stretch beyond the political future of Ruiz. Florentino López Martinez, a member of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO), the umbrella organization for the protest in Oaxaca City, says their struggle could become a national cause against the "neoliberal politics" that have defined Mexico as it has opened its markets to global competition.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>"We are against repression, and we could provide unity for all the country," he says, "where the pueblo is fighting against the rich."</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>In voicing such rhetoric, the group has raised the stakes of the protest, with no clear end in sight. "[A solution] might take a long time, and a dramatic response," says Francisco Toledo, a famous Mexican artist in Oaxaca who has joined Father Mayren Pelaez as a mediator.<br> <p>___________________________________________<br>"Fascism finds root best in unreality, dysfunction and irresponsibility." - Me<br><br>"Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act" -George Orwell<br><br>"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it - always." -Mahatma Gandhi</p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p216.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=dugoboy@rigorousintuition>dugoboy</A>  <IMG HEIGHT=10 WIDTH=10 SRC="http://www.geocities.com/orcthrasher/files/images/Qn38113.gif" BORDER=0> at: 10/29/06 2:15 pm<br></i>
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Re: Indymedia web journalist dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

Postby brownzeroed » Sat Oct 28, 2006 3:17 am

Sorry Dugo,<br>Didn't see you already posted this.. <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Indymedia web journalist dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

Postby Hugh Manatee Wins » Sat Oct 28, 2006 4:16 am

And Americans have no idea what is going on in Mexico.<br><br>Just anti-immigrant agit prop to transfer economic anxiety to them as scapegoats for globalism and 'English-only' wedge issue nonsense plus voter ID card slippery-sloping and pumping up the Minute Men as force magnification.<br><br>But we did get to see 'Nacho Libre.'<br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Indymedia web journalist dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

Postby dugoboy » Sun Oct 29, 2006 5:24 pm

link: <!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061028/wl_afp/mexicousmediaviolence_061028213404" target="top"><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Mexico issues ultimatum to Oaxaca protesters</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--></a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br><br>Sat Oct 28, 5:37 PM ET<br><br>MEXICO CITY (AFP) - <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>The Mexican government demanded that protesters lift their barricades and evacuate occupied buildings in the restive southern city of Oaxaca.<br><br>A statement from the interior ministry demanded "the immediate handover of the streets, plazas, public buildings and private property" taken over by protesters.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>The federal demands come as President Vicente Fox on Saturday sent federal forces to the region to retake control of the city. Some 70,000 Oaxaca teachers have been on strike in the city for five months demanding higher pay and the resignation of the state governor.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br><br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>The government had hoped to settle the problem in negotiations before the December 1 inauguration of president-elect Felipe Calderon.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>Main access routes to the state capital, with a population of about 600,000, were blocked Friday by protesters' barricades.<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>On Friday a US cameraman for the Indymedia independent media website covering the protest and two Mexicans were shot dead near the barricades.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br> <p>___________________________________________<br>"Fascism finds root best in unreality, dysfunction and irresponsibility." - Me<br><br>"Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act" -George Orwell<br><br>"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it - always." -Mahatma Gandhi</p><i></i>
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the narco news report

Postby wordspeak » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:52 pm

which i posted yesterday, but here again:<br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://narconews.com/Issue43/article2223.html">narconews.com/Issue43/article2223.html</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Brad Will, New York Documentary Filmmaker and Indymedia Reporter, Assassinated by Pro-Government Gunshot in Oaxaca While Reporting the Story<br>Photographer Oswaldo Ramirez of the Daily Milenio Wounded in Attack by Shooters for Ulises Ruiz Ortiz in Santa Lucia del Camino<br><br>By Al Giordano<br>The Other Journalism with the Other Campaign in Chihuahua<br>October 27, 2006<br><br>Brad Will, 36, a documentary filmmaker and reporter for Indymedia in New York, Bolivia and Brazil, died today of a gunshot to the chest when pro-government attackers opened fire on a barricade in the neighborhood of Santa Lucia del Camino, on the outskirts of Oaxaca, Mexico. He died with his video camera in his hands.<br><br><br>Brad Will in Chetumal, Quintana Roo<br>Photo: D.R. 2006 Narco News<br>Brad went to Oaxaca in early October to document the story that Commercial Media simulators like Rebecca Romero of Associated Press distort instead of report: the story of a people sick and tired of repression and injustice, who take back the government that rightfully is theirs. In that context, his assassination is also a consequence of what happens when independent media must do the work that Big Media fails to do: to tell the truth. My friend and colleague since 1996 when we labored together at 88.7 FM Steal This Radio on New York’s Lower East Side, I bumped into him again in Bolivia in 2004 during a public reception held by the Narco News School of Authentic Journalism, and again on the Yucatán peninsula last January where he came to cover the beginnings of the Zapatista Other Campaign – Brad died to bring the authentic story to the world.<br><br>Brad went to Oaxaca in early October knowing, assuming and sharing the risks of reporting the story. His final published article, on October 17, titled “Death in Oaxaca,” reported the assassination of Alejandro García Hernández on the barricades set up by the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO, in its Spanish initials). Brad wrote:<br><br>“…went walking back from alejandros barricade with a group of supporters who came from an outlying district a half hour away—went walking with angry folk on their way to the morgue—went inside and saw him—havent seen too many bodies in my life—eats you up—a stack of nameless corpes in the corner—about the number who had died—no refrigeration—the smell—they had to open his skull to pull the bullet out—walked back with him and his people<br>“…and now alejandro waits in the zocalo—like the others at their plantones—hes waiting for an impasse, a change, an exit, a way forward, a way out, a solution—waiting for the earth to shift and open—waiting for november when he can sit with his loved ones on the day of the dead and share food and drink and a song—waiting for the plaza to turn itself over to him and burst—he will only wait until morning but tonight he is waiting for the governor and his lot to never come back—one more death—one more martyr in a dirty war—one more time to cry and hurt—one more time to know power and its ugly head—one more bullet cracks the night—one more night at the barricades—some keep the fires—others curl up and sleep—but all of them are with him as he rests one last night at his watch…”<br><br><br>Brad Will’s Assassins, identified by El Universal: Juan Carlos Soriano Velasco (red tshirt), a police officer known as “the Grasshopper”; Manuel Aguilar (dark jacket), city personnel director; and public safety chief Avel Santiago Zárate (red shirt)<br>Photo: D.R. 2006 El Universal<br>Last September 26, Brad, on his way to Mexico, wrote me:<br><br>“hey al<br>it brad from nyc—it would be great to get yr narco contacts in oaxaca—i am headed there and want to connect with as many folks as posible—are you in df?—i should be stopping though there and it would be great<br>to go out for a drink<br>solid<br>brad”<br>Knowing of Brad’s hard luck covering other stories (he had been beaten by police in New York and in Brazil doing this important but dangerous work), his difficulty with the Spanish language, and of the greater risk for independent reporters who haven’t been embedded over time (and thus known by the people) in Oaxaca, I pleaded with him not to go, to instead go to Atenco and report on the story there of the arrival of Zapatista comandantes:<br><br>“Our Oaxaca team is firmly embedded. There are a chingo of other internacionales roaming around there looking for the big story, but the situation is very delicate, the APPO doesn’t trust anyone it hasn’t known for years, and they keep telling me not to send newcomers, because the situation is so fucking tense… If you are coming to Mexico, I would much more recommend your hanging around DF-Atenco and reporting that story which is about to begin. The APPO is (understandably) very distrustful of people it doesn’t already know. And we have enough hands on deck there to continue breaking the story. But what is about to happen in Atenco-DF needs more hands on deck.”<br>Brad replied that same night, undeterred:<br><br>“hey<br>thanks for the quick get back—i have a hd professional camera—i have heard reports about the level of distrust in oax and it is disconcerting—i think i will still go—i wont tell them you sent me and i am open to other suggestions on how to spend my time—i dont know what is happening in atenco in the coming days—i may connect with la otra capitulo dos somewhere along the way—great to hear from you—do you have a cell / phone number?<br>solidaridad<br>b rad”<br>I was not surprised that he decided to go to Oaxaca anyway. Brad had always taken risks: whether riding freight train box cars across the North American plain, or bunkering in his Fifth Street squat in 1996 when police and the wrecking ball invaded, his life had been one of courage. I gave him my cell phone number in case of emergency. He wrote back on October 7, three weeks ago:<br><br>“hey al<br>brad here—thanks for the contacts and info—i landed in df feeling<br>pretty ill and then came straight to oax and am plugged in—if you want to share your contacts down here it would be very helpful—i think I will stay down here for a month—nancy said you had a contact with a human rights lawyer who might help journalists not get deported – please help me with that information as well—i know you are busy and look forward to seeing more of your work<br>peace<br>b rad”<br>In those emails are the words of a valiant compañero who, knowing full well that this story could be his last, decided to share the risks with the people whose cause he reported.<br><br>Also sharing the risks today in Santa Lucia del Camino, Oaxaca was photographer Oswaldo Ramírez of the daily Milenio, wounded by gunfire. It was Milenio reporter Diego Enrique Osorno who confirmed the news of Brad’s death at 4:30 this afternoon. He also said that in another corner of the city, outside the state prosecutor’s office, gunmen fired at other APPO members, that three were wounded, and that one schoolteacher is reported dead, but was unable so far to confirm that report.<br><br>Photo: D.R. 2006 El Universal<br>Brad Will was known and liked throughout the hemisphere, and in its media centers from New York to Sao Paulo to Mexico City. Tonight his body lies in the same Oaxaca morgue he visited and wrote about last week. He will not go silently into the long night of repression that the illegitimate governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, President Vicente Fox and his illegitimate successor Felipe Calderon have created in Oaxaca, and, indeed, in so much of Mexico. It was inevitable that soon an international reporter would join the growing list of the assassinated under the repressive regimes of Mexico (others had already been raped and beaten in Atenco, only to be deported from the country last May). Tonight it was Brad, doing the responsible and urgent work, video camera in hand, of breaking the Commercial Media blockade.<br><br>Speaking at a public meeting of the Other Campaign in Buaiscobe, Sonora, when the news came in about Brad’s death, Zapatista Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, upon receiving a briefing of the day’s events in Oaxaca, told the public and the press:<br><br>“We know that they killed at least one person. This person that they killed was from the alternative media that are here with us. He didn’t work for the big television news companies and didn’t receive pay. He is like the people who came here with us on the bus, who are carrying the voices of the people from below so that they would be known. Because we already know that the television news companies and newspapers only concern themselves with governmental affairs. And this person was a compañero of the Other Campaign. He also traveled various parts of the country with us, and he was with us when we were in Yucatán, taking photos and video of what was happening there. And they shot him and he died. It appears that there is another person dead. The government doesn’t want to take responsibility for what happened. Now they tell us that all of the people of Oaxaca are mobilizing. They aren’t afraid. They are mobilizing to take to the streets and protest this injustice. We are issuing a call to all of the Other Campaign at the national level and to compañeros and compañeras in other countries to unite and to demand justice for this dead compañero. We are making this call especially to all of the alternative media, and free media here in Mexico and in all the world.”<br>Tonight, from the Oaxaca City Morgue, Brad Will shouts “Ya Basta!” – Enough Already! – to the death and suffering imposed (as Brad, a thoughtful and serious anarchist, understood) by an economic system, the capitalist system. His death will be avenged when that system is destroyed. And Brad Will’s ultimate sacrifice exposes the Mexican regime for the brutal authoritarian violence that the Commercial Media hides from the world, and thus speeds the day that justice will come from below and sweep out the regimes of pain and repression that system requires. Brad gave his life tonight so that you and I could know the truth. We owe him to act upon it, and to share the risks that he took. Goodbye, old friend. Your sacrifice will not be in vain.<br><br>Update, 10:30 p.m. Oaxaca: The Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) has confirmed that schoolteacher Emilio Alfonso Fabián has died from three bullet wounds after an attack by shooters for Ulises Ruiz Ortiz outside the state government palace. <p></p><i></i>
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ABC and other CM now reporting this massacre

Postby NavnDansk » Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:50 am

but sweeping Brad Will's murder under the carpet.<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/print?id=2614292">abcnews.go.com/Internatio...id=2614292</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Mexican Police Seize Center of Oaxaca That Had Served As Headquarters for 5-Month Protest</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>Republished on Bellacio:<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Pentagon Orders American Special Forces To Mexican Oil Fields As Civil War Looms</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>August 16, 2006 By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Russian Subscribers <br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index942.htm">www.whatdoesitmean.com/index942.htm</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr><!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>Very good witness to send to the media:</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END--><br><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.indymedia.org/en/index.shtml">www.indymedia.org/en/index.shtml</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>---- IN BRAD'S MEMORY - 29 Oct 2006<br><br>The New York City Independent Media Center responds to the death of Brad WILLBrad Will was killed on October 27, 2006, in Oaxaca, Mexico, while working as a journalist for the global Indymedia network. He was shot in the torso while documenting an armed, paramilitary assault on the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, a fusion of striking local teachers and other community organizations demanding democracy in Mexico.<br><br>The members of the New York City Independent Media Center mourn the loss of this inspiring colleague and friend. We want to thank everyone who has sent condolences to our office and posted remembrances to www.nyc.indymedia.org. We share our grief with the <br>people of our city and beyond who lived, worked, and struggled with Brad over the course of his dynamic but short life. We can only imagine the pain of the people of Oaxaca who have lost seven of their neighbors to this fight, including Emilio Alonso Fabian, a teacher, and who now face an invasion by federal troops.<br><br>All we want in compensation for his death is the only thing Brad ever wanted to see in this world: justice.<br><br> * We, along with all of Brad's friends, reject the use of further state-sponsored violence in Oaxaca.<br> * The New York City Independent Media Center supports the demand of Reporters Without Borders for a full and complete investigation by Mexican authorities into Oaxaca State Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz's continued use of plain-clothed municipal police as a political paramilitary force. The arrest of his assailants is not enough.<br> * The NYC IMC also supports the call of Zapatista Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos "to compañeros and compañeras in other countries to unite and to demand justice for this dead compañero." Marcos issued this call "especially to all of the alternative media, and free<br>media here in Mexico and in all the world."<br><br>Indymedia was born from the Zapatista vision of a global network of alternative communication against neoliberalism and for humanity. To believe in Indymedia is to believe that journalism is either in the service of justice or it is a cause of injustice. We speak and listen, resist and struggle. In that spirit, Brad Will was both a journalist and a human rights activist.<br><br>He was a part of this movement of independent journalists who go where the corporate media do not or stay long after they are gone. Perhaps Brad's death would have been prevented if Mexican, international, and US media corporations had told the story of the Oaxacan people. <br><br>Then those of us who live in comfort would not only be learning now about this 5 month old strike, or about this 500 year old struggle. And then Brad might not have felt the need to face down those assassins in Oaxaca holding merely the ineffective shields of his US passport and prensa extranjera badge. <br><br>Then Brad would not have joined the fast-growing list of journalists killed in action, or the much longer list of those killed in recent years by troops defending entrenched, unjust power in Latin America.<br><br>Still, those of us who knew Brad know that his work would never have been completed. From the community gardens of the Lower East Side to the Movimento Sem Terra encampments of Brazil, he would have continued to travel to where the people who make this world a beautiful place are resisting those who would cause it further death and destruction. Now, in his memory, we will all travel those roads. We are the network, all of us who speak and listen, all of us who resist.<br><br>The New York City Independent Media Center<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--> <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p216.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=navndansk>NavnDansk</A> at: 10/30/06 4:56 am<br></i>
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Re: Brad Will's final footage

Postby thurnandtaxis » Wed Nov 01, 2006 1:15 am

<br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGmsSFMpb88">here's a link to the last footage from his camera, including the shot that killed him.</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br><br>en espanol. <p></p><i></i>
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