Oaxaca by thepeopleareamerica


 DeceMber, 2004—Ulises Ruiz Ortiz takes office
 as governor of Oaxaca after widespread claims                             June 16—400,000 people march in support of the teachers. The teachers occupy seven city halls
 of election fraud. He is a member of the PRI, the                         throughout the state of Oaxaca, and students at the Benito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca                OctOber 27—Paramilitaries armed with pistols and rifles
 party that has maintained a stranglehold on the                           take over their campus radio station in support of the teachers. Teachers and others form the PoPular            attack the barricades, and residents drive them back with
 Mexican government for most of the past century.                          assembly of the PeoPle of oaxaca (APPO), a consensus-based network of over two hundred groups, to                sticks and rocks. The paramilitaries shoot several people    nOveMber 2—Thousands of police in helicopters
                                                     June 14—3000
                                                                           coordinate resistance and take care of the needs of their communities. They call for Ulises to resign.           and kill three, including US independent media journalist    and armored vehicles attempt to storm the university
                                                     state police attack
                                                                                                                                                                                            Brad Will. His killers, who are caught on camera, are a      to shut down the last radio station controlled by the
            MAy 22, 2006—Teachers in                 the teacher’s
                                                                                                                                                                                            police chief and two officials from the PRI.                 people of Oaxaca. In a seven-hour pitched battle during
            Oaxaca go on strike demanding            encampment,                    August 1—Women take over the                             August 22—Paramilitaries attack the                                                                         which tremendous quantities of tear gas are dropped
            more schools and more resources          killing at least               broadcasting station of TV Channel 9. They               broadcasting station. In response, residents                                                                into the university, locals equipped only with rocks and
            for students, especially in              eight people,                  broadcast footage of the bloody events of                set up barricades throughout Oaxaca and                                                                     molotov cocktails succeed in fighting them off.
            impoverished rural and indigenous        “disappearing”                 June 14, which the government-controled                                                                       OctOber 28—Duplicitously exploiting Brad’s
                                                                                                                                             take over private radio stations.
            communities. According to human          others, and                    media had refused to air.                                                                                     murder, Mexican President Vicente Fox sends 4000
            rights organizations, nearly 80%         injuring hundreds.                                                                                                                           federal police to Oaxaca to “restore order.” In full
            of Oaxaqueños live in extreme            Within hours,                                                                                                                                                                                                   nOveMber 5—Paramilitaries continue
                                                                                                                                                     OctOber 18—Teacher and APPO                  body armor, the police surround and invade the                     firing upon the radio station, shooting
            poverty. The teachers set up camp        teachers and other                     August 10—Paramilitary groups—
                                                                                                                                                     participant Pánfilo Hernández is             city, firing tear gas indiscriminately into unarmed                one young man in the chest. Tens of
            in the main square of the state          Oaxaqueños fight                       composed of out of uniform Oaxacan
                                                                                                                                                     murdered by paramilitaries. Many             crowds and residential neighborhoods. Countless                    thousands of Oaxaqueños march in
            capital, occupy public buildings, and    off the police and                     police and politicians from the
                                                                                                                                                     others have also been killed or              Oaxaqueños are beaten, shot, and “disappeared.”                    defiance of the police occupation.
            organize several massive marches.        regain control of                      PRI—open fire on a march, killing
                                                     the city square.                       teacher Jose Jiminez.                                    “disappeared.”

                                                                      The end of This sTory is up To us. The Mexican government will only spare the lives of the freedom
                                                                      fighters of oaxaca if we make it clear that we are watching and will make them answer for their actions.
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