Other detentions against leaders of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) have continued in the last few days and many members of the 250 person APPO council have been forced into hiding. APPO is a grassroots organization organizing for popular democracy in Oaxaca; they have so far carried out strikes and acts of civil disobedience in opposition to structural reforms of the educational system and other social injustices. They are also demanding the resignation of right-wing state governor Ulises Ruiz.
While the list of foreign nationals to be detained is currently unconfirmed, there is no question that about the existence of a list of APPO people to be apprehended, or that this policy is being put into effect. At this time, roughly 500 teachers associated with APPO are being held by police, and a number of APPO people, possibly up to 100, have "disappeared" in time-honoured Mexican fashion (possibly to be tortured or killed by death squads and/or the police). About 70,000 teachers in the state of Oaxaca are currently on strike.