of independent journalist, filmmaker, and respected activist Brad
Will, who was brutally murdered while filming the grassroots popular
movement in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Along with Brad, six other people were killed this past week by
officials of the illegitimate government of Ulises Ruiz and the
federal forces that are now occupying Oaxaca. Among them were: Emilio
Alonso Fabián (professor), José Alberto López Bernal (nurse), Fidel
Sánchez García (construction worker) and Esteban Zurita López.
We are extremely alarmed to see that rather than cracking down on the
violent paramilitaries who have been launching regular attacks on the
people of Oaxaca, President Vicente Fox is using these murders as a
pretext for escalating violence against the popular grassroots
organization of the people of Oaxaca.
In solidarity with the people of Oaxaca, we add our voices to these
1 Ulises Ruiz out of Oaxaca!
2 Immediate withdrawal of the occupying federal forces from Oaxaca!
3 Immediate and unconditional freedom for all detainees!
4 Justice for all murdered compañeros and punishment of guilty
parties on all levels!
We make these demands in support of the Oaxacan people's efforts to
establish a popular government that recognizes local traditions and
JUSTICE, FREEDOM, AND DEMOCRACY FOR THE PEOPLE OF OAXACA!
Francis Fox Piven