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(en) Anarkismo.net: Mexico, Oaxaca de Juarez, Justice for our sister Marcella Sali Grace! (ca)

Date Sat, 27 Sep 2008 14:05:29 +0300

Brother and sisters, Our hearts are full of sadness and rage because our sister
Sali was brutally raped and murdered 20 minutes from San Jose del Pacifico and
up to this moment the Oaxacan Attorney General's Office, as is its custom, is
not doing anything regarding the fact that there exist witnesses who have
information to identify those responsible. ----- Marcella Sali Grace was born in
the United States, with a big heart in solidarity with just causes. She had many
friend because she was always inclined to help, using her artistic talents to
paint a banner or a wall or dancing Arabic dance to raise funds for the
struggle, or putting on punk shows, or giving self-defense courses to the women
because she knew very well how the men accosted them. This was one of her
struggles, that women were free and respected. Sali was so involved in the
struggle that she was an international accompanier of brothers and sisters who
felt harassed by the bad government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

Unfortunately, on September 24, a woman's body was found with the physical
characteristics of Sali, in a deserted cabin twenty minutes from the village of
San Jose del Pacifico and at the moment when a village member went to feed some
dogs around that area, he was struck by a fetid odor coming from this cabin and
notified the municipal authorities of the village, who proceeded to removed the
body that was found which was already in a state of decay, and after these
events, they did not give any more information to the people in the village.

Yesterday, companera Julieta Cruz (who knew Sali was headed for San Jose del
Pacifico) was informed that a young, foreign woman was found in the Miahuatlan
amphitheatre, where she went, and where she recognized the body of Sali because
of the tattoos she had, as her face was unrecognizable. Julieta thinks it is
because of burns, but it doesn't explain why the rest of her body has less
visible damage. When we asked for the case number we were denied as well from
seeing the results of the autopsy, as they argued with us that because we
weren't relatives they couldn't give us any information.

Due to her solidarity work with the popular struggle of the people of Oaxaca, in
other struggles in the world and against the racism on Mexico's border with the
U.S., on different occasions and to different people, Sali mentioned that
recently in Oaxaca she had suffered political persecution and surveillance. This
makes us think that her cowardly murderer is related to the widespread
repression against the social movement and directed particularly at
international observers. Because of this, we don't dismiss that the intellectual
authors are the same who ordered the repression against the people of Oaxaca in
their struggle for justice and freedom.

In the face of these bloody events, and for the brutal cruelty used against
companera Sali, we don't disregard that this could be a clear message directed
at all the people of Oaxaca, as well as the companeros in solidarity from
different parts of the world; we say this based on the recent national and
international news which says that "APPO members were the ones who killed U.S.
journalist Bradley Roland Will" and as there is no justice in Oaxaca, we worry
that the distortion of information could interfere in procuring true justice for
our companera and the clear bureaucratic slowness with which the involved
authorities are already treating this investigation.

In the face of these lamentable events, WE DEMAND:

The immediate speeding up of the investigations.

The immediate clarification of the facts.

Punishment for the intellectual and material murderers.

Justice for our sister Marcella Sali Grace!

Enough is enough with of the murders, violence and hate against women who fight
for justice!

We ask you to sign on (at the email indicated) to this demand for justice and to
become a part of the urgent activities to demand the clarification of these
cowardly acts.

Information: (01 951) 5178190 CIPO

9:00 am Presence at the U.S. Consulate in Oaxaca
(Santo Domingo Plaza, Col. Centro, Oaxaca)

12:00 noon Rally at the State Attorney General's Office: To demand the case is
brought to Oaxaca and to speed up the bureaucratic procedures for the
administration of justice.
(Domicilio conocido, San Antonio de la Cal, Col. Experimental).

Encuentro de Mujeres Oaxaquenas "Compartiendo Voces de Esperanza"
Colectivo Mujer Nueva
Consejo Indigena Popular de Oaxaca Ricardo Flores Magon*
Voces Oaxaquenas Construyendo Autonomia y Libertad
Colectivo Tod@s Somos Pres@s
Encuentro de Jovenes en el Movimiento Social Oaxaqueno

Translation by Scott Campbell
* An antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative
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