Oaxaca de Juàrez Oaxaca
Evacuation, raid, and arrests of demonstrators in Oaxaca
ONE YEAR AFTER THE PFP's DEFEAT IN OAXACA
Fifteen arrests are reported, including teachers, students, and youth.
The state police continue to make arrests in the streets surrounding the
5 Señores municipal agency and the area around University City.
A year ago today the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) tried to tear down
the 5 Señores and Soriana barricades. This morning, November 2, 2007, a
number of people gathered at the 5 Señores intersection to lay out
carpets and altars on the Day of the Dead in honor of more than 23 of
our own people killed by the state and federal governments during the
At approximately 6:30 a.m. the sand was in place for making the carpets
and the 5 Señores crossing partially blocked. By this time the state
police were already patrolling the area on motorcycles. At approximately
7:30 the police arrived. There were several state police trucks with
police on board and bunker type trucks full of state police. All in all,
there were around 100 armed police. They pointed their guns at the
people at the intersection, surrounded the area, and began to follow and
arrest people who ran.
At this time we know of approximately 15 compañeros and compañeras who
have been taken to the offices of the Department of Citizen Protection
(CEPROCI) and the Attorney General’s Office in the Experimental
neighborhood on the edge of the city.
WE HOLD THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY SERGIO SEGRESTES RÌOS (FORMER
PRESIDENT OF THE OAXACA STATE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION) RESPONSIBLE FOR
THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL INTEGRITY OF OUR COMPAÑER@S WHO HAVE BEEN
!WE DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE FREEDOM OF ALL ARRESTED COMPAÑER@S!
!STOP THE REPRESSION!
Kolectivo Todxs Somos Presxs
Kolektiv@ Todxs Somos Presxs escribió:
> 2 de noviembre de 2007
> Oaxaca de Juàrez Oaxaca
> 9:00 am
> Desalojo, redada y detenciones contra manifestantes en Oaxaca.
> A 1 AÑO DE LA DERROTA DE LA PFP EN OAXACA
> Reportan 15 detenid@s entre ellos y ellas maestr@s, estudiantes y
> jòvenes. La policìa estatal sigue realizando detenciones en las calles
> cercanas a la agencia municipal de 5 señores y en las inmediaciones de
> Ciudad Universitaria.
> A un año del intento de la Policìa Federal Preventiva (PFP) de desalojar
> las barricadas de 5 señores y Soriana. El dìa de hoy 2 de noviembre de
> 2007, diversas personas se reunieron en el crucero de 5 señores para
> colocar unos tapetes de dia de muertos y altares a nuestros màs de 23
> asesinados por los gobiernos estatales y federales durante el movimiento
> A las 6:30 am aproximadamente se colocò la arena para realizar los
> tapetes y se bloqueò parte del crucero de 5 señores. Para esas horas la
> policìa estatal ya se encontraba rondando el lugar en motos.
> Aproximadamente a las 7:30 llegaron al lugar varias camionetas de la
> policìa estatal con policìas a bordo y camiones bunkers repletos de
> policìa estatàl, en total eran aproximadamente 100 policìas, todos se
> encontraban armados y apuntando contra la poblaciòn que se encontraba en
> el crucero, rodearon el lugar y comenzaron a seguir a quienes corrian y
> a detener a las personas.
> Para estas horas sabemos de aproximadamente 15 compañeros y compañeras
> detenidas que fueron trasladados a las instalaciones de la Secretarìa de
> Protecciòn Ciudadana (CEPROCI) y a la Procuradurìa de Justicia que se
> encuentra en la colonia experimental a las orillas de la ciudad.
> RESPONSABILIZAMOS DE LA INTEGRIDAD FÌSICA Y EMOCIONAL DE TOD@S NUESTR@S
> COMPAÑER@S DETENID@S AL SECRETARIO DE SEGURIDAD PÙBLICA SERGIO
> SEGRESTES RÌOS (ANTIGUO PRESIDENTE DE LA COMISIÒN ESTATÀL DE DERECHOS
> HUMANOS EN OAXACA)
> !DEMANDAMOS LA LIBERTAD INMEDIATA A TOD@S LOS COMPAÑER@S DETENID@S!
> !Basta ya de represiòn!
> Kolectivo Todxs Somos Presxs
cops at the main cemetery
the march to 5 Senores
a partial barricade
other side of barricade
the march near 5 Senores
the blockade of 5 Senores
the memorial at 5 Senores
memorial to Brad Will
To commemorate the event barricades were to be errected and tapetes (coloured sand memorials) laid at the 5 Senores crossroads near the university. At around 7.30 am, after the sand had been laid and the crossroads partially blocked, truckloads of armed police arrived and started arresting and beating those present. Dozens were arrested and a few required hospital treatment after being beaten in the head. Around half were subsequently released with the rest being held overnight. Reporters were also attacked.
Throughout the day truckloads of armed police patrolled the area and there was a heavy police presence in the nearby main cemetery where families were marking the Day of the Dead at the family graves. It is joked here that this was to prevent the dead rising up to tell the truth about the murders and repression stalking Oaxaca.
A march was called by APPO for around 3pm as a response to the earlier police repression. Around 500 marched along the ring road towards the 5 Senores crossroads but stopped on reports of truckloads of armed police occupying the crossroads. The march resumed after the police withdrew to surrounding streets. On reaching the crossroads a tapete, with floral display and candles was laid to commemorate the 26 murdered by federal, state and paramilitary forces last year.
This week has seen an escalation in police brutality in Oaxaca. On Monday a student was beaten by the police and several others followed and threatened after a commemoration.
The Federal Attorney's office chose this week to leak the 'nearly complete' findings of an investigation into the murder of Indymedia NY activist Brad Will on October 27th last year. According to these findings Brad was shot twice, the first time from 50 cms and then again whilst being transferred to hospital. This Federal investigation merely repeats the lies of the Oaxaca 'justice' department. These lies contradict all the testimonies of eyewitnesses near him at his death, none of whom saw anyone shoot him. Photos also prove that Brad was shot during the defence of the barricade and not whilst being transported to hospital. Conveniently the vehicle Bard was transported in and his clothes went missing from the Oaxaca 'justice' department.
According to 'Reporters without Borders' Mexico was the second most dangerous place for journalists in 2006, after Iraq, with 9 murdered. Since 2000 32 journalists have been murdered and 7 disappeared. Half of these have been attributed to drug-related investigations.
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