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(en) Mexico, Oaxaca: News From the Barricade (November 22)

Date Fri, 24 Nov 2006 08:38:07 +0200

In the early morning hours the defenders of the Cinco Señores barricade, or the
“Victory Barricade” as this honorable space is now known, once again obliged the
Federal Preventive Police to flee.
It is important to remember the heroic resistance of the Oaxacan people in
defense of university authority against the forces of occupation last November
2, when the PFP was forced to retreat after a 7-hour battle, beaten by the force
of a people that is refusing to allow their dignity to be trampled on.
Ever since then, the daily fare at the most important intersection in the
capital city of Oaxaca has been intimidation and attacks by paramilitary groups,
a variety of state police agencies, and the PFP, whose rounds and provocations
are an effort to wear down the unbreakable character of the people.

Yesterday a commando of approximately 25 armed men, apparently made up of
Judicial police agents, kidnapped two young boys who were guarding the Cinco
Señores barricade. One was identified as Ricardo Osorio, "El Cholo" and the
other simply as "El Conejo".


This morning, about 4:00 a.m., under the illusion that the concerted action
against this barricade from the highest levels of government, as shown in by the
detention of two of the main activists there, had weakened the combative spirit
of the compañeros, the police broke into the center of the intersection,
destroying food supplies and cooking utensils. They had no time to do more
damage, however. The sound of coordinated rockets launched from homemade
bazookas was immediately heard, followed by the helter skelter flight of the
“forces of order.” Ever since September 29, they’ve occupied Oaxaca in an effort
to hold up the putrefied political cadaver of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz and step up the
low intensity warfare against members of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of
Oaxaca, who are trying to find a peaceful, legal way to change the outdated
power structures that have submerged millions of Mexican people in dire poverty
and marginalization for decades.

The composition of this barricade is a faithful reflection of the class
contradictions inherent in capitalism, which regards human beings as disposable
objects in the machinery of production and war, placing a few people on the
pedestal of the unimaginable reserved for the pariahs of this world.

We hold the Ministry of the Interior responsible for the physical and
psychological integrity of our compañeros, other APPO members, and the people in

Our demands are

The presentation of disappeared people alive!

Freedom for all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Oaxaca and in
the country!

Punishment of those responsible for crimes against humanity committed against
the people of Mexico!

URO and PFP out of Oaxaca!

No to State Militarization!

The Victory Barricade,
Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca; November 22, 2006
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