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(en) Mexico, RED ALERT IN OAXACA

Date Tue, 03 Oct 2006 19:32:06 +0200


Indigenous Organizations for Oaxacan Human Rights - OIDHO -
members of COMPA, Promotora-Oaxaca, Magonista Zapatista Alliance*,
adherents to the Other Campaign and members of the Popular Assembly
of the People of Oaxaca, APPO and its provisional collective
directors, today 28th of September of 2006, after more than four
months of civil uprising in Oaxaca, we urgently denounce the following:
The members of the poeple-teachers' movement of Oaxaca, organized by the APPO,
in civil and peaceful uprising that started 129 days ago, are once again
declaring a RED ALERT in response to the intense campaign stemming from the federal
& state circles of power favoring massive repression against the Oaxacan people.

In these moments, the march of thousands of members of APPO
moves forward into Mexico City, entering the state of Puebla as of
yesterday, where- just like in other Oaxacan towns- was received in
a fraternal way with food and received much enthusiasm from
hundreds of people. In the city of Oaxaca the three main state
buildings are still being peacefully occupied by the people, as well as
the historic center and some radio stations; the latter are still being
operated by the popular movement and diffusing information about
it. The residents of the state's capital raise thousands of barricades
every night to block the entrance to parapolice and paramilitary
bodies. In different regions of the state the taking-over of
municipalities and many multiple actions of protest continue to take
place by the regional and municipal APPO's.

Contrasting his constant and lame defeats against the superb
struggle of the people and desperate to avoid stepping down, the
state (ex)governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, starting this past Monday Sept.
25th , once again, wasted the taxes of the people of Oaxaca in a TV
campaign announcing a supposed return to school, threatening to
fire teachers who refuse to resume their work in the classroom. As
all his dirty campaigns that have attempted to split the
teachers/people' s movements, this last campaign was not
successful: even though he used porros and violent people-strangers
in schools, only a few of the 14 thousand schools in the state have
opened their doors. Yesterday, despite all the threats, and the
cancellation of salaries, the state assembly of the Oaxacan
Democratic Teachers, representing 70 thousand teachers reiterated
the firm decision of not resuming classes until the fall of the
authoritarian and corrupt (ex)governor.

On that same note, the general assembly of the APPO, a space that
brings together hundreds of social and civic organizations of
peasants, indigenous, students, unions, the very same teachers'
union of Oaxacan Democratic Teachers, the Coordination of women
"1st of August," municipalities, inner city barrios, public
transportation workers, small-business owners, church-based
community organizations, and citizens in general, declare that the
expulsion of the (ex)governor is not negotiable and announced a
series of actions to intensify the resistance.

This demand is put forth at a time of repeated threats of repression,
each time the heads of state congress as well as the heads of power
of the new PAN-PRI coalition at the national level demand the
intervention of "public force," to give a supposed "solution" to the
conflict in Oaxaca, in the midst of declarations of the secretary of
government and his disposition of being "willing to dialogue." At the
same time, the delinquent band surrounding Ulises Ruiz perpetuate
constant acts of violence to provoke APPO, acts which are later
[mis]used by the mainstream mass media to denounce the supposed
violence from the Oaxacan struggle. During the last few days,
representatives of the European Parliament, as well as from
international human rights organizations have declared that the
violence derives from the Regime and not from APPO, and that
APPO are not "small groups of vandals," but a movement made up
of the majority of the peoples of Oaxaca fighting in peaceful manner
but massive against the de facto dictatorship and for the restitution of
constitutional rights.

The federal government, the parties in power and mass media, at
this time, have whole knowledge of this matter and do not even dare
defend the repugnant (ex)governor, but have taken as hostage the
legitimate movement of the Oaxacan people, because they do not
want to lose any bit of their power, they don't want to put at risk
neither the presidency of F. Calderon nor the delinquent governors
who are useful to other states, and fear that this movement would
extend to many other states of the republic.

Today, the regime in Oaxaca orchestrated a business' strike
supposedly from all commercial groups and public transportation
companies, as the ideal scene for repressive acts against the
movement, but this strategy has already failed and the majority of
commercial businesses, markets and public transportation
companies are working normally, and many of the latter have
adhered to the APPO.

But this new defeat from the regime does not vanish the threat that
they might opt for a violent "solution" in Oaxaca; they are only
looking for the right strategy to do so and then blame the Oaxacan
movement for the violence they will bring upon them.

The people of Oaxaca and its organizations have already shown and
reiterated our decision of not giving up before any act of repression,
be it selective or massive; we are Indigenous Peoples and have a
long history of resistance and struggle. Nonetheless, it is a real
possibility that the owners of neo-liberal power could prefer the
political costs of a massacre instead of the political costs of the
legitimate victory of the people.

That is why, we as indigenous people from OIDHO and as members
of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), make an
urgent call to the peoples of Mexico and to the peoples of the world,
to fraternal organizations, labor unions, liberatory [antiauthoritarian]
social movements, human rights organizations, to show solidarity
with the Oaxacan people and not allow for our most fundamental
rights to be systematically violated and not to allow the sacrificing of
our demands on the altars of the powerful and the rich, what the
Oaxacan people wish and demand are: Justice, Liberty and
Democracy.


Long Live the People of Oaxaca!
Long Live APPO!
Liberty to all Political Prisoners!
Ulises is already out!
Long Live the Mexico from below and from the left!


No more Repression and Misery in Indigenous Towns!
Victory if not for the powerful, but the better organized!


Indigenous Organizations for Human Rights in Oaxaca

ORGANIZACIONES INDIAS POR LOS
DERECHOS HUMANOS EN OAXACA
- OIDHO -
Capulines #4B Prolongación Buenavista
Col. Forestal
Santa María Atzompa, Oaxaca, México
C.P. 71 220
tel.: 951 54 91916
e-mail: oidho@yahoo. com.mx
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