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World Oaxaca Uprising

Reports related to the popular uprising in Oaxaca, Mexico and associated solidarity actions around the world.

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Murder, Corruption and Illegal Logging in Oaxaca

14-04-2008 16:46 | Oaxaca Uprising | Ecology | Repression | Social Struggles | Zapatista | World

For its people...

The murder of two radio activists in Oaxaca has brought the repression suffered by indigenous Mexicans into sharp focus. Oaxaca has the biggest percentage of indigenous people who speak many different languages and suffering serious discrimination including the theft of their natural resources.

One such example is the village of San Isidro Aloapam who have been fighting the destruction of their local forest by commercial loggers who are bending the law to justify their activity. Attempts by the villagers to protect the forest have been met with extreme violence leaving many villagers injured and imprisoned. The village is represented politically by indigenous action group CIPO-RFM who have organized a series of media and international solidarity events to highlight the struggle. CIPO-RFM activists Miguel Cruz Moreno and Pedro Bautista Rojas were recently interviewed by IMC UK about the struggle.

There will be a prisoner support benefit gig in London on Wednesday April 16th.

Related links: IMC UK coverage of Oaxaca election 2007: ‘1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | IMC UK coverage of CIPO-RFM 2004/5: Intro | Assemblies | Protest camp | Raid | Repression | CIPO/Zapatistas feature | CIPO Speaking tour

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Riots and Repression in Oaxaca

18-07-2007 22:00 | Oaxaca Uprising | Repression | Workers' Movements | World

Since Monday night, riots and violent police repression have been taking place in Oaxaca, Mexico. At least 65 people have been arrested, while one is dead and four heavily injured in hospital. A teacher, who had been arrested unharmed, was beaten into a coma by police [pic proof]. More info on

Pics 1 , 2 | alternative Guelaguetza pics 1 , 2 | Indy Scotland report | Narco News | Indymedia Oaxaca | Indymedia Chiapas | APPO

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Oaxaca Uprising Continues as the Zapatista Other Campaign Ends

05-12-2006 20:01 | Oaxaca Uprising | Repression | Zapatista | World

APPO's Flavio Sosa is arrested on December 4th.

"We are on the eve of either a great uprising or a civil war," the EZLN's Delegate Zero stated recently, referring to the current situation in Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Whilst the 45,000km-long Other Campaign tour around "the forgotten corners of Mexico", which the Zapatistas started on 1 January, 2006, ends in Mexico City, the repression in Oaxaca is worsening by the day. And this is why the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) is now calling for a global wave of active solidarity with the people of Oaxaca, to culminate with a "worldwide day of action" on 22 December to "say and to demonstrate that the people of Oaxaca are not alone" [Full communique | Words from Delegate Zero | APPO's response]. Closer to home, the Network of UK Zapatista Solidarity Groups called for a national week of solidarity actions from the 9 to the 17 of December, 2006.

Meanwhile, the popular uprising continues in and around Oaxaca city, and so do the illegal detentions of the so-called 'leaders' of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), which have increased in the last few days, forcing many people into hiding. APPO is a grassroots movement organising for popular democracy, and it is currently at the centre of the Mexican government's latest wave of repression, which has already resulted in mass illegal arrests of more than 500 people [Flavio Sosa's arrest | more | Interview] and the 'disappearance' of up to 100 people [APPO Communique | APPO activist interview | Eyewitness report].

At the same time, there is also a concerted effort by the Mexican government to try to silence any independent media that is reporting the truth on what is happening in Oaxaca. Following the murder of Indymedia videographer Bradley Will, who was shot dead by paramilitaries whilst documenting an APPO barricade on the 25th of October, the attacks against international and national independent media have continued. Two documentary filmmakers and a translator were illegally detained on 3 December while they were eating at a restaurant in Oaxacxa city centre.

Oscar Beard is an independent journalist from London currently travelling in the southern estates of Mexico. He has regularly contributed text, video and photo reports to the Indymedia newswire. See a list of his reports from Mexico.

More Info: IMC-UK Oaxaca Uprising Section | Narco News| IMC-Mexico (es) | IMC-Chiapas (es-en) | CML (es) | La Jornada (es)

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Repression in Mexico continues as UK prepares for action

02-11-2006 12:14 | Oaxaca Uprising | London | World

As the Federal Preventative Police (PFP) continue their advance on the city of Oaxaca in the hopes of dislodging the Oaxacan Peoples’ Popular Assembly (APPO), the determined residents are resisting the invasion with any means available to them [Pics: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5]. This is being marked with a demonstration outside the Mexican Embassy in London at 5pm today, to coincide with the Mexican Day of the Dead [Earlier demo report] . Afterwards, there is a video screening of Brad Will's final footage [bittorrents: Es | En | DVD ] and discussion at RampART at 8pm. Meanwhile, the planned solidarity film screening on Saturday is temporarily on hold, following the eviction of the Dalston Squat on Thursday [Pictures: 1 | 2 Video: 1].

There is also a mass demonstration against climate change taking place in London on Saturday, marching to Trafalgar Square.

Recent reports about Oaxaca in IMC-UK Newswire: Mexican embassy covered in symbolic blood | Reports from Oaxaca (and what to do) | Timeline from Oaxaca City, 2 November, 2006 | Timeline from Oaxaca City, 2 November, 2006 (Part 2) | News From Mexico | Timeline from Oaxaca City, 2 November, 2006 (Part 3) | Latest from Mexico | Timeline from Oaxaca City, 2 November, 2006 (Part 4) | Oaxaca: the people win an important battle against the police! | Reporters San Frontiers investigates Brads death | Investigators slip up in Brad Will case, while seven journalists hurt in Oaxaca | Oaxaca 3rd November | London Mexican embassy protest video - 30/10/06 | Oaxaca: the battle of the Day of the Dead | Oaxaca Worldwide | 1.3 million people march in Oaxaca | Letter in Support of the People of Oaxaca.

Links: Mexico IMC (Es) | CML Mexico (Es) | New York IMC | Radio APPO (Es) and transliteration (En) | UK Climate pages

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Violence flares in Oaxaca, Indymedia reporter murdered

30-10-2006 00:10 | Oaxaca Uprising | Indymedia | Repression | Social Struggles | Workers' Movements | Zapatista | World

"They might have the strength to impose their will, but we will never give them our consent". (Extract from the Radio APPO log)

Outrage spread around the world over the weekend following the killing of the documentary filmmaker and Indymedia video reporter Brad Will, from New York City at the hands of pro-government supporters who opened fire on unarmed protestors on the outskirts of Oaxaca, Mexico. Three others were also killed alongside him (making four dead in total); one member of Radio Universidad was injured.

On Sunday, more than 10,000 military swept the streets of Oaxaca. At their head were tanks with water cannons, laced with tear gas, followed by lines of 3,500 riot cops with batons. Behind them, a further 3,000 military police with automatic rifles. 5,000 army troops were waiting in the outskirts of the city while the paramilitaries continued attacking. Reports came in of snatch squads operating within the city centre, with police and military using helicopters and ambulances to grab protestors and injured people. Many arrests were reported, and at least two protestors were confirmed to have been killed in the clashes. See timeline of events. Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5.

This unprovoked aggression by the Mexican State against the pacific and unarmed people of Oaxaca is one of the largest in the recent history of México and Latin America. As a result, the Zapatista Army of National Lberation (EZLN) is calling for a day of action on November 1st and announces a nationwide strike on November 20th [Call]

Radio APPO (Live stream - Spanish) | English transliteration | NYC Indymedia Statement | Previous IMC-UK Feature
Global Indymedia | Indymedia Mexico (Spanish) | NYC Indymedia

A peaceful demonstration against the repression by the Mexican state (police and military) of the Oaxaca workers and the general population took place in front of the Mexican Embassy in London on Monday evening [Press release]. 60-70 or more gathered in front of the Embassy, with a screening of Brad Will's final footage projected onto the Embassy's facade - violently interrupted by the police, resulting in eight arrests [Update on arrests: Tuesday | Wednesday]. Reports: 1 | 2 | Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 and Video. On Wednesday night red paint was thrown on the walls, stairs and doors of the Mexican Embassy in London to symbolise the blood of the people of Oaxaca.

Discussion and screening of films related to Brad and the situation in Oaxaca are being organised for, Thursday 2nd (London, rampART) and Saturday 4th (London, E4E).

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Indymedia journalist shot dead by paramilitary during protest in Oaxaca, Mexico

28-10-2006 10:26 | Oaxaca Uprising | Anti-militarism | Globalisation | Indymedia | Repression | Zapatista | World

Bradley, 25 October 2006

'William Bradley Roland, also known as Brad Will, 36, a documentary filmmaker and reporter for Indymedia New York in Mexico, 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 El Camino, on the outskirts of Oaxaca, Mexico. He died with his video camera in his hands.' (source: Narconews) Read NYC-Indymedia statement and a Call to all independent journalists to support the struggle in Oaxaca.

Call to Protest Outside Mexican Embassy in London, Monday 30th October 5pm

Brad had been in Oaxaca taking video and reporting on the state wide popular uprising and teacher strike that began in June with the violent attempted removal of the striking teachers from their encampment in the centre of Oaxaca City by federal police forces. 3 others were also killed alongside him (making 4 dead in total); 1 member of Radio Universidad was also injured: he was taken to the hospital in a volkswagen van as police would not let any ambulances come.

Since the beginning of the strike in June, teachers and other groups have formed the APPO - the Popular Assembly of the Oaxacan People - and have called for the removal of the governor of state Ulises Ruiz of the PRI. There is a long history of Mexico using government sponsored paramilitaries to repress social movements, including a massacre of hundreds of students in Mexico City in 1968. As reports of protesters surrounded by armed government forces and police continue to pour in, activists in cities around the world are planning protests at Mexican embassies and in cyberspace in outcry against the violent aggression against the people of Oaxaca.

Breaking News and Latest Updates: APPO Radio Live Broadcast (Sp> | Live Radio Transcript (Eng)

More updates: New York Indymedia (EN) | CMI Mexico (ES)

Links: Last Communique from NYC Indymedia Journalist Brad Will | NYC Indymedia | IMC Mexico | Narco News | CML | La Jornada | NEW

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World Oaxaca Uprising Newswire

Text Theresa May has got to stop the Morton Hall lies over Rubel Ahmed
07-09-2014 22:07 | 1 comment

Text Growing alarm over attacks on Zapatista communities
15-09-2012 20:18

Text Attacks On Zapatista Communities of Comandante Abel and Unión Hidalgo.
15-09-2012 15:03

Text Gustavo Esteva Sends Letter Supporting San Marcos Avilés
13-09-2012 18:24

Text From Uruguay: Letter of Solidarity From Raul Zibechi
10-09-2012 17:44

Text From Truth to Action, Stopping the Repression
09-09-2012 07:04

Text Chiapas community threatened with attack
09-09-2012 06:59

Text International Call To Action:
28-07-2012 06:55

Text Those who build awareness and autonomy are enemies of the state.
23-06-2012 16:45

Text UK foreign aid money is being spent on providing electricity for Walmart in Mexi
04-12-2011 13:40

Text caravan to Copala - proceedings
08-06-2010 17:25 | 3 comments

Text Repression And Resistance In Mexico Part 1 Oaxaca
16-08-2009 21:57

Text assassination of Oaxacan social movement leader
12-06-2009 14:52

Text APPO councillor abducted and tortured in Oaxaca
10-03-2009 14:21

Text New Oaxacan Social Centre Attacked by Cops, Fired On.
09-12-2008 18:08

Text APPO prisoner on hunger strike
29-11-2008 18:50

Text Oaxaca Is Not Alone: From Coast to Coast, We Demand an End to Repression
26-10-2008 08:46

Image Oaxacan Activists Arrested for the Murder of Brad Will
20-10-2008 17:22 | 1 addition

Image In memory of SAlly Grace activist raped and murdered in Oaxaca
04-10-2008 12:16

Text Solidarity and support for VOCAL and the Oaxacan social movement
17-07-2008 17:54

Image Christina an eyewitness to the repression.
12-04-2008 14:14

Image Press Conference by CIPO-RFM at the their Oaxaca headquarters.
12-04-2008 14:07

Image Entering the threatened Forest in Oaxaca.
12-04-2008 14:01 | 1 comment

Text Two indigenous radio announcers killed and four injured in ambush in Oaxaca
09-04-2008 14:43

Image Forum in support of Political Prisoners took place in Oaxaca
19-03-2008 19:37

Text Oaxacan prisoner David Venegas is released.
08-03-2008 19:37

Image Protest March against Kidnap of Activist in Oaxaca
09-12-2007 00:06

Text Megamarch and ceremony mark anniversary of Oaxaca mass arrests
28-11-2007 21:01

Text testimony of Nicéforo Urbieta
06-11-2007 02:42

Text New repression in Oaxaca
03-11-2007 18:36 | 1 addition

Image One Year Since Brad Will's Murder in Oaxaca, Mexico
28-10-2007 15:59

Image Oaxaca: PRI candidate house attacked, CIPO-RFM HQ facing repression
10-10-2007 16:19 | 1 addition

Text Encounter of the Indigenous Peoples of America
09-10-2007 16:19

Text Thousands march in Oaxaca to mark anniversary of 1968 student massacre
03-10-2007 21:29

Image Oaxaca Street Art
15-08-2007 00:11 | 1 comment

Text Oaxaca: Catalan Four Released Without Charge, No Reason For Incarceration
14-08-2007 17:39

Text A Letter From The Catalan Four: Still Detained In Oaxaca, threatened & beaten!
13-08-2007 20:58 | 1 comment

Text "Do not make political actions for us": Catalan Four
12-08-2007 21:48

Text Undercover Notes From Oaxaca: Cops, lies and videotape
11-08-2007 16:03

Text Four Internationals arrested and detained in Oaxaca for watching a video
07-08-2007 15:14 | 1 addition | 1 comment

Text Post election day in Oaxaca
06-08-2007 21:42 | 1 addition | 2 comments

Image More Repression In Oaxaca
21-07-2007 16:54

Text Oaxaca meeting 23 July, Parliament
18-07-2007 13:50

Image THURSDAY 24th-London Indymedia Oaxaca Speaker workshop and benefit - 7pm - late
22-05-2007 13:06

Image May Day in Oaxaca
02-05-2007 15:59

Text Students Re-Occupy Radio Universidad in Oaxaca City Today
01-05-2007 01:41 | 1 comment

Text Mayday Teachers March in Oaxaca, Government Workers break police barricades
30-04-2007 18:42

Text There is no tranquility in Oaxaca
29-03-2007 16:27

Audio Brad Will's family visit Oaxaca
23-03-2007 14:19

Text US GM corn attacks Oaxaca........
15-03-2007 22:35 | 1 addition

Text Support The Demands Of The Women Of Oaxaca
14-03-2007 19:11 | 2 comments

Text The 10th APPO Megamarch Observes Women's Day
12-03-2007 20:47

Text Communiqué from the Good Government Council “Heart of the Rainbow of Hope”
04-03-2007 20:02

18-02-2007 22:21

Text Murder and Other High Crimes in the Lacandón Jungle (Chiapas)
17-02-2007 10:51

Text Oaxacan Teachers Support the APPO and the Ninth Megamarch
09-02-2007 23:18

Image Freedom fight for justice, truth, and human rights:
03-02-2007 11:25 | 1 comment

Image Germany/Switzerland: protests against the visit of mexican president Calderón
27-01-2007 19:37

Text Oaxaca, Mexico - repression and resistance
21-01-2007 01:07

Image The story of a Oaxacan movement prisoner
30-12-2006 14:46

Video 22/12/06: Solidarity for Oaxaca, Mexico - London, UK
28-12-2006 18:06 | 1 comment

Image FOR THE LOVE OF BRAD (In 2 Parts) Videos and One Poem
27-12-2006 20:44

Image "Oaxaca Libre!"
19-12-2006 22:39

Image Stomach disease, parasites and civil war - where have all the Federales gone?
12-12-2006 22:28

Text In Oaxaca, Questions Abound About 11/25 Fires By Sean Donahue
12-12-2006 15:57

Image Oaxaca solidarity call from the Zapatistas
11-12-2006 00:36

Image On the Ground: San Cristobal, Chiapas - Dirty Water on a Death Bed
09-12-2006 23:12

Image Stencil Graffiti from San Cristobal de Las Casas
09-12-2006 17:28 | 1 comment

Text Support the Zapatistas? Speak Spanish & English? PLEASE read on....
06-12-2006 16:54

Text Brad Will's murderers freed for lack of evidence- Reporter San Frontiers
06-12-2006 13:01

Text UK Week Of Action For Oaxaca - 9th-17th December 06.
05-12-2006 20:30

Text Official notice of the APPO
05-12-2006 14:35

Text The APPO Lives
05-12-2006 10:45

Text From SC to D.F - the tension increases
05-12-2006 02:49

Text Zapatistas call (INT) day of action for Oaxaca
04-12-2006 23:35

Text Eye witness report of of APPO tactics and "non-violence"
04-12-2006 20:01

Text UPdate on the murder of Brad Will
04-12-2006 19:51

Text The Dirty War of Oaxaca
04-12-2006 10:41

Text Documentary Filmmakers Detained In Oaxaca
04-12-2006 02:19

Video On the Ground, Mexico: A president sworn in and protests spill out
01-12-2006 21:32 | 3 additions | 1 comment

Image The Coup d’Etat in Mexico
01-12-2006 00:57 | 3 comments

Text Another journalist disappears in mexico- Reporters without Borders
30-11-2006 22:22

Image PICS: revolutionary streetart in Oaxaca
29-11-2006 20:27 | 1 addition

Text Latest from Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
28-11-2006 22:00 | 2 additions

Image pics an d videos from the fights in OAXACA
27-11-2006 14:18

Video On the Ground: The govenor arrives and the women march - bad vibes in the bar
27-11-2006 01:57 | 1 addition

Text Oaxaca 25 Nov: heavy police attack
26-11-2006 13:58 | 1 comment

Image Oaxaca 25 Nov: rebellion and repression. short resume
26-11-2006 08:19

Text |Offensive of the Federal Preventative Police against the people of Oaxaca |
26-11-2006 07:57

Image Heavy Police Attack on Oaxaca
26-11-2006 04:06 | 4 additions

Text Oaxaca: Illegal Detentions and Torture
25-11-2006 18:47

Text Marcos: “We Are On the Eve of Either a Great Uprising or a Civil War”
25-11-2006 17:31

Image FLYER: Oaxaca Resources
25-11-2006 09:43

Image Collective statement of solidarity with the social struggle in Oaxaca, Mexico
24-11-2006 10:53

Image On the ground: Santa came early to Chiapas but he didn't bring me flak jacket
22-11-2006 03:51

Image Oaxaca - day of action minute by minute in the rebelion
21-11-2006 18:34

Text report of oaxaca solidarity actions in london yesterday
21-11-2006 15:39 | 1 addition | 18 comments

Image Photo's: Protest @ Mexican Embassy (20.11.06)
21-11-2006 00:45 | 3 comments

Video On the ground: Video report, road blockades in San Cristobal
20-11-2006 19:25 | 1 addition

Text On the ground: San Cristobal, Sunday 19 November
19-11-2006 18:36 | 1 addition

Text On The Ground: Mexico City, Friday 19 November
19-11-2006 18:25 | 1 addition

Text Demo outside Mexican embassy TOMORROW (Monday) and solidarity meeting
19-11-2006 13:49

Text Massacre in Chiapas:6 Women,3 Men, 2 Children, Assassinated in Lacandona Jungle
15-11-2006 00:54

Text Protest @ Mexican Embassy - 6pm - Mon 20th Nov - Solidarity with Oaxaca!
14-11-2006 18:39 | 2 additions

Text Revving up the dirty war in Oaxaca
13-11-2006 15:13

Text Oaxaca news in London, another chance
08-11-2006 13:13 | 1 addition

Text Letter in Support of the People of Oaxaca
06-11-2006 20:48

Image 1.3 million people march in Oaxaca
06-11-2006 19:47

Text Stop Moping - Towards Strategic Insurrection
06-11-2006 13:13 | 3 additions | 2 comments

Image Oaxaca Worldwide
05-11-2006 10:54

05-11-2006 08:31

Video London Mexican embassy protest video - 30/10/06
04-11-2006 16:30 | 1 addition | 6 comments

Image Reporters San Frontieres organises 24-hour online demo against Internet censors
04-11-2006 12:10

Text Investigators slip up in Brad Will case, while seven journalists hurt in Oaxaca
03-11-2006 20:35

Text Timeline from Oaxaca City, 2 November, 2006 (Part 1)
03-11-2006 17:47

Text Press Release: Reporters San Frontiers investigates Brads death.
03-11-2006 15:01

Text Timeline from Oaxaca City, 2 November, 2006 (Part 4)
03-11-2006 08:54 | 1 addition

Text Timeline from Oaxaca City, 2 November, 2006 (Part 3)
03-11-2006 00:09 | 1 addition

Image Photos: "Day of the Dead", Mexican Embassy, London. (02.11.06)
03-11-2006 00:07

Text Timeline from Oaxaca City, 2 November, 2006 (Part 2)
02-11-2006 22:17

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