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(en) Mexico: CIPO-RFM denounce the police photos of brutalized detainees in Oaxaca (ca)

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 20 Sep 2004 05:44:56 +0200 (CEST)

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Sta. Lucía del Camino, Oaxaca, 14th September 2004
Brothers and sisters,
The repressor government is worried and has begun a campaign to clean up the
image of its heroic and valiant police who faced women and children during the
eviction of the peaceful protest in front of the government buildings and the
Church of St.Domingo. They have started sending pictures of some of our
arrested brothers and sisters to the media from the e-mail address of the
Ministerial Police (pm_pgje@yahoo.com.mx). You don't have to look hard to see
that all the pictures have been tampered with to make it seem that the
prisoners are all in a good state of health and have not suffered abuse.
Without doubt it is the use of more or less light in certain points, profile
shots and various other electronic tricks to make it seem that nothing has
happened to them.

However, in spite of this "magic", it is in some cases impossible to erase
completely the violence against our brothers and sisters, particularly in the
cases of: Kalid, Dolores, Miguel, Reynaldo, Leonor, Gildardo, José, Margarita,
Guadalupe, whose photos show evidence of bruising, despite everything.

The use of light makes it difficult to a certain extent to see the swelling and
helps to hide the blows. They want us to believe that they haven't been beaten.
Now all we are missing is for them to show pictures of the poor policemen of
the special forces who were hurt by the hordes of the CIPO-RFM! Then we will be
the violent ones.

Take care that you are not surprised, that you let yourself be tricked. Look
closely at the pictures and you will see the marks. Then ask yourselves if you
can see something on the face, the part where they are least likely to be
beaten, what can it be like for the rest of their bodies? Let us remember that
they are trained to hit without leaving obvious marks. And what about
psychological torture, which is more damaging than physical blows? What about
threats and sexual assaults on our women? What is that?

Let it be clear: the police do not treat the poor and indigenous people with
kid gloves. They only respect the big criminals, narcos and politicians.

For the re-organization and free association of our people


Translation by nmcn/fdca

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