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(en) Mexico, Oaxaqueños march to Mexico City

Date Mon, 25 Sep 2006 20:38:25 +0300


North AmericaEven as the administration of President Vicente Fox
renewed its pledge to find a negotiated solution to the crisis in Oaxaca,
some 4,000 protesters left the state capital Sept. 21 on a planned two-week
cross-country march to Mexico City, where they intend to establish an
encampment outside the Senate to press their demand for the ouster of
Gov. Ulises Ruiz. El Universal reports that the march kicked off amid some
dissension, as leaders of local Section 22 of the National Education
Workers Syndicate (SNTE), which has been at the forefront of the
movement, said they were "re-evaluating" the strategy and asked their
followers to stay put. But a large contingent of teachers set out anyway,
joining members of the Popular People's Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO) in a
procession north on the Oaxaca-Mexico City highway.

by Bill Weinberg

Even as the administration of President Vicente Fox renewed its pledge to
find a negotiated solution to the crisis in Oaxaca, some 4,000 protesters left
the state capital Sept. 21 on a planned two-week cross-country march to
Mexico City, where they intend to establish an encampment outside the
Senate to press their demand for the ouster of Gov. Ulises Ruiz.

El Universal reports that the march kicked off amid some dissension, as
leaders of local Section 22 of the National Education Workers Syndicate
(SNTE), which has been at the forefront of the movement, said they were
"re-evaluating" the strategy and asked their followers to stay put. But a
large contingent of teachers set out anyway, joining members of the
Popular People's Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO) in a procession north on the
Oaxaca-Mexico City highway.

Fox had warned the day before that, while negotiations with the APPO
continue, "patience has a limit." APPO leader Flavio Sosa responded to El
Universal: "If the PFP [Federal Preventive Police] enters Oaxaca, it will be
the biggest political error Fox could make. The message would be that he
could not consolidate democracy." (La Jornada, Sept. 23; El Universal,
Sept. 22)

The day after the march set out, the disputed president-elect, Felipe
Calderon, held a three-hour closed-doors meeting in Mexico City with
politicians and business leaders from Oaxaca and around the country to
analyze the conflict in the state. Among those present were Jorge Alberto
Valencia, state leader of the National Action Party (PAN); Santiago Creel
Miranda, PAN leader in the Senate and Fox's former Government
Secretary; federal deputy and former Oaxaca governor Diodoro Carrasco;
and business magnate Alfredo Harp Helu. After the meeting, Valencia told
the press that the PAN has never supported Ruiz, but that it would be
against the law to "yield to the blackmail" of APPO. (La Jornada, Sept. 23)

Meanwhile, in a case of poetic justice, the former prison and headquarters
of the notoriously brutal and corrupt state Preventative Police in Oaxaca
City is being occupied by a group of young anarchist squatters under the
banner of the Intercultural Occupation in Resistance (OIR). (La Jornada,
Sept. 19)

All sources archived at Chiapas95
http://www.eco.utexas.edu/%7Ehmcleave/chiapas95.html
See our last posts on Mexico http://ww4report.com/node/2521
and the struggle in Oaxaca http://ww4report.com/node/2501

http://ww4report.com/blog/2
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