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(en) US, NYC, Bike Rides for Oaxaca!

Date Wed, 01 Nov 2006 09:17:29 +0200

If you are in New York City, join the Friends of Brad Will this Wednesday, November 1st for a Bike Ride in Solidarity with the People of Oaxaca!
We are meeting this Wednesday at 1pm at 40th St & West Side Highway (12th Ave) and will be riding to:
1. Expose the commercial media’s distortion of the current situation in Oaxaca.
2. Raise awareness about the capitalist forces in our city that are benefiting from the continued repression of the people’s movement.
3. Highlight the hypocrisy of the Mexican government holding a future seat on the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.
If you are not in New York City, we are calling on people from around the world to join the Zapatista call for November 1st actions in solidarity
with the people of Oaxaca (see the call below) by organizing a Bike
Ride for this Wednesday or As Soon As Possible!


Since the middle of June, the people of Oaxaca have been organizing
to force their corrupt and repressive governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz,
to step down from office. The Popular Movement of the People of Oaxaca
(APPO) is an explicitly non-violent movement and has fought to
exercise their constitutional right to change their government.
Their non-violent mobilization has been met with repeated violence
that has led to approximately 20 deaths over the past four months.

On Friday, October 27th, New York City independent journalist Brad
Will, striking schoolteacher Emilio Alfonso Fabián, and Oaxaca
resident Eudocia Olivera Díaz were murdered by people connected to
the state government of Oaxaca.

Brad’s death was used by the Mexican government to justify the brutal
occupation of Oaxaca by federal forces on Sunday, October 29th that
led to the death of four more people, including a minor, and the
arrest of over 50 Oaxacan civilians. The police chief and several representatives of the Oaxacan government who were photographed when
they killed Brad, however, have not been arrested. The Mexican
federal police are in Oaxaca to defend the corrupt government, not
to end the conflict.

On Monday, October 30th, over 200 New Yorkers shut down the Mexican
consulate to protest the use of Brad’s image as a smokescreen for
the killing of more Oaxacan civilians.

Join us this Wednesday in organizing bike rides in solidarity with
the people of Oaxaca!

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