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Announcement :: International
Actions in Solidarity with the People of Oaxaca!
02 Oct 2006
On Saturday, September 30th, as Mexican military helicopters flew over Oaxaca City with the intent of threatening and intimidating the peaceful movement of the Popular Assemblies of the People of Oaxaca, Boston activists gathered at the Boylston T stop to spread awareness about the imminent invasion of Oaxaca City by the federal Mexican Army. This small educational action marked the beginning of an on-going campaign of Boston solidarity with the movement of the popular assemblies in Oaxaca. Read more for ideas on how to get involved!
On Saturday, September 30th, as Mexican military helicopters flew over Oaxaca City with the intent of threatening and intimidating the peaceful movement of the Popular Assemblies of the People of Oaxaca, Boston activists gathered at the Boylston T stop to spread awareness about the imminent invasion of Oaxaca City by the federal Mexican Army.

The activists marched through the commons to Park Street, down Winter Street into Downtown Crossing, through China Town, up Boylston Street, and ended at the Mexican Consulate. Along the route, they chanted, held signs, and handed out pamphlets with information about the Popular Assemblies of the People of Oaxaca (APPO), which formed four months ago and have served as the democratic decision-making body in the state of Oaxaca all summer. The pamphlets also focused on outgoing Mexican president Fox’s threats of military intervention. Vicente Fox plans to invade Oaxaca with the Mexican military and federal police to quell the rebellion and restore the much hated governor-in-hiding, Ulisses Ruiz, to office. This small educational action marked the beginning of an on-going campaign of Boston solidarity with the movement of the popular assemblies in Oaxaca.

Please join us for our next public action this Friday, October 6th, at 11:30am at the Mexican Consulate. We will make it clear to the Mexican Consulate that Boston residents are paying attention to the struggles of Oaxaca, and the Mexican Government’s actions will not be taken lightly. At around 12:30 or 1pm, we will start an educational march, handing out pamphlets and leaflets about the current situation in Oaxaca to people on the streets, sidewalks, vending stands, park benches, etc. Please bring relevant signs and literature, musical instruments, noisemakers, puppets, chalk, and anything else that you think will help to spread the message.

Also, this week we will be sending people to the Mexican Consulate every day to deliver the following letter. You can call or fax the Mexican Consulate, but please help us by delivering in person if possible. The consulate is open weekdays only from 9:30am-12:30pm, so please try to go early, or if you have work, on your lunch break. While this task is not very glamorous, it will be effective if we send the message to the Mexican Government that there is international support and concern. The Zapatistas have indicated that this tactic was successful in helping to halt the federal invasion of the Zapatista Autonomous Zone in Chiapas, Mexico. If you are reading this but do not live in or near Boston, find the nearest Mexican Consulate and let them know how you feel! Please print out and sign the letter below, and bring it to the Mexican Consulate at:

Boston Mexican Consulate
20 Park Plaza, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02116
Tel: (617) 426-4181 * Fax: (617) 695-1957

The consulate is a short walk from the Boylston or Arlington T stops on the Green Line. Follow this link for a map:

To the Mexican Consulate of Boston, Massachusetts,

We, residents of Boston, have been watching the developments in Oaxaca, Mexico, from the beginning of the teachers’ strike in May, to the formation of the Popular Assemblies of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) in June. We have watched as the APPO has become of vessel for the people of Oaxaca to use their voices and democratically govern themselves. We have listened to APPO, and the Oaxaca people in general and have heard their demands for the resignation of governor Ulisses Ruiz. Now in October, our attention is still on Oaxaca.

This weekend, we read report after report of Mexican military helicopters and other aircraft circling the skies over Oaxaca City, and tanks, marines, and troop carriers massing in Oaxaca state. We view this as a direct threat against the people of Oaxaca. We, residents of Boston, Massachusetts, are deeply concerned for our sisters and brothers in Oaxaca. Though they have shown the world that they believe in true democracy, and have taught us many lessons about democracy in practice, the Mexican government of Vicente Fox, to whom democracy comes less naturally and who would be best served by taking an example from the peaceful movement of Oaxaca, seem intent on a state-sponsored, military intervention and massacre with the aims at destroying the democracy of Oaxaca.

We urge you to send a message to the Mexican Government of Vicente Fox that the people of Boston are outraged by this weekend’s threatening display of force and potential violence against a peaceful, democratic movement of Mexican citizens. We also urge Vicente Fox to go to the negotiation table with APPO representatives, recognize the people of Oaxaca’s right to remove from office Ulisses Ruiz—who no longer represents the people’s will—and recognize the APPO as the official governing body of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.

We will continue to keep our eyes on Oaxaca, and will continue to act in solidarity with the APPO and the people of Oaxaca in general here in our own city of Boston.

Sincerely, ____________________

[BIMC Editors: See Mexico and Chiapas Indymedia for more photos and video]
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keep it up
02 Oct 2006
It is great that people in Boston are taking action (especially recurring action) in solidarity with the people of Oaxaca. has a lot of very current, useful information on the situation.
If I were still in MA I would be there, but know that we will be taking similar action down south soon.
Stop the G8+5, Defend Oaxaca! Virtual Blockade!
03 Oct 2006
Stop the G8+5, Defend Oaxaca! Virtual Action -
Tuesday / Wednesday October 3-4, 2006!

The Borderlands Hacklab, Electronic Disturbance Theater and Rising Tide North America call for a virtual sit-in against the websites of the G8+5 and the Mexican government during the G8+5 meetings on October 3-4th, 2006 in Mexico.

To join the virtual action, click here:

As the Mexican government tries to play host to the G8+5 Gleneagles Dialogue on Climate Change, it is mounting a massive violent attack on the people of Oaxaca. Apparently the Mexican government thinks it can cleanse the country of its growing pro-democracy rebellion while laying out a red carpet to world politicians including the G8 Energy Ministers. The neoliberal project of corporate globalization and fossil-fuel-based "energy security" that causes global warming is built on massive violence, from armies to riot police to militarized borders, to turn the global south into its sweatshop and repress the uprisings for justice, democracy, and sustainable livelihood of the people in Mexico and other countries.

While the neoliberal model of industrial "development" sees the remaining indigenous and "undeveloped" lands of the Earth as territories for capitalist exploitation of natural resources and human labor, the schoolteachers leading Oaxaca's popular pro-democracy strike have a different vision. By taking direct action to shut down the tyrannical rule of their state governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, the people of Oaxaca are teaching that another world is possible.

On Sunday, October 1, 2006, a headline in the Mexico City daily Milenio proclaimed, "Preparations for war in Oaxaca," while Mexico City's El Universal newspaper reported that helicopters, planes and 15 troop trucks had assembled in Huatulco, a Pacific tourist getaway and military hub a short flight â but a long and difficult drive â from Oaxaca city. According to the independent news website, which has been covering the Other Campaign of the Zapatistas, on Sunday, October1, 2006:

"The Mexican Navy carried out a reconnaissance operation over the buildings and public spaces occupied by the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO in its Spanish initials). Two MI-17 helicopters and one CASA C212 Navy airplane with registration number AMP-118 flew over the streets of the city â where opponents of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz have maintained several encampments over the past 130 days â for about 40 minutes."

"The zocalo, or central city square, the Oro and La Ley radio stations, the state government building, the Brenamiel and El Rosario radio antennas, as well as the Department of Finance building â all places where the rebels have installed protest camps â were reconnoitered by low-level flights of military aircraft. As they passed over the Radio Oro facilities, the two helicopters were fruitlessly "attacked" with fireworks that teachers of the National Education Workers' Union local Section 22 launched from Conzatti Garden. The airplane then made four more passes over the areas around the zocalo and returned to the airport, where five other military aircraft were stationed. At 5:30 that afternoon, the naval surveillance plane and two AMHT-202 and AMHT-205 helicopters landed on a city airstrip and let out 18 soldiers in black-and-grey camouflage, bulletproof vests, helmets and firearms.

"Lino Celaya LurÃa, state secretary of Citizen Protection, confirmed that the objective of the military flights was to "reconnoiter" the scene of the conflict, but claimed not to know if this was the prelude to an eventual federal operation to remove the protesters. The state official limited himself to saying: "We were informed that a flight would occur over the areas where the dissidents are present. We believe this is to obtain field information on the situation."

"Meanwhile, from the occupied radio stations, the rebels again declared a maximum alert in the face of what they imagine could be the beginning of a removal/eviction operation against the popular and teachers' movement."

Over half of the Oaxaca's 3.2 million people, most of whom are indigenous, live in poverty, and 21.5 percent of those over 15 are illiterate, while the average number of years of schooling is 5.6 years -- almost two less than Mexico's national average. Many students in Oaxaca's rural schools lack books and desks. In May, tens of thousands of teachers seized the capital's leafy central plaza to demand wage increases and improved school conditions. The following month, Governor Ulises Ruiz sent police to attempt to retake the heart of the city. Since then, radical social movements of workers, peasants, students, women and others have joined the striking teachers, building street barricades and taking over radio and television stations. They demand that Ruiz resign, alleging that he rigged the 2004 election and uses paramilitary gangs to attack dissidents. A total of five "megamarches" were organized with the largest reaching the astonishing number of around 300,000 people, or one out of ten people who live in the state.

During the protests in Oaxaca, at least six people have been killed in violent incidents which apparently involved irregular armed groups linked to the Ruiz administration and the police, according to human rights organisations. A number of demonstrators have also been arrested and injured, and further assaults perpetrated against them by organized,
unidentified gangs of thugs have been reported.

One example of neoliberal "development" in Mexico with major implications for Oaxaca is Plan Puebla Panama (PPP), a transnational "mega-infrastructure" project that would transform the region's geography and economy if implemented. While claiming that one of its main goals is to improve the conditions for the people of the region, PPP is stealing land from indigenous people for infrastructure projects to move resources more quickly into the hands of multinational corporations and commodifying their culture for the tourist industry. One of the projects affecting Oaxaca is the creation of a super highway at Mexico's skinniest point, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in order to move resources more readily across the land from the Atlantic to the Pacific. This transportation corridor will be surrounded with sweatshops, maquiladoras, operating without labor and environmental protections. For all of these objectives, neoliberal control over the government of Oaxaca is key to the realization of the PPP project.

Mexico has an ugly history of military repression that coincides with major world gatherings occurring inside the country. 38 years ago today, October 2nd, the Mexican military massacred hundreds of student protesters at Tlatelolco, just days before the 1968 Olympic Games began in Mexico City. If military violence against the pro-democracy protesters of Oaxaca occurs before, during or after the G8 meeting in Mexico, the G8 leaders as well as the Mexican military must be held accountable for the injuries and death. To prevent this, we demand that the G8 officials who are meeting this week in Mexico must publicly speak out to condemn the possibility of another Mexican massacre at Oaxaca.

We demand that the G8 end its support of destructive "carbon trading." The G8 is composed of the leaders of the richest 8 countries in the world, who are responsible for the policies of war, criminalization of cross-border human migration, and massive environmental destruction. While they claim to be meeting to solve the climate change crisis, they are in fact discussing carbon trading agreements that will allow corporations to profit while exporting their pollution to the global south. Carbon trading threatens to turn countries like Brazil into a "carbon sink" for the global north while ignoring the underlying capitalist ideology of endless growth and boundless consumption that is creating massive climate change.

Help us stop the G8 by slowing the propaganda systems that the G8+5 and the Mexican Government will be using during the meetings and the attacks to spread disinformation about their actions. As in our previous actions, people from all around the world will make their virtual presence manifest on the doorstep of the G8+5 and the Mexican Government.

To join the action, click here:

In addition to the virtual sit-in on the websites, you can also manifest your virtual presence via email or telephone:

Write to:

Vicente Fox Quesada

(Presidencia, Los Pinos)


011 52 (55) 2789 1100

011 52 (55) 18 7501 Atencion Ciudadana

Fax: (55) 52 77 23 76

email: (at)

Dear President Vicente Fox,

Please do not authorize the use of Federal force to resolve the current social and political dispute in Oaxaca.


If you use email, please send copies to:

Prvesident Elect Felipe Calderón Hinojosa:
felipe (at) and

Secretary of Government: Carlos Abascal:
segob (at)

UPDATE: As of 10:50pm sunday night, there were reports that the attack had begun and that members of the PRI forces had begun attacking barricades which were defending radio antennas.

More news and updates about the unfolding situation in Oaxaca at:
More information on resistance to the G8+5 meeting in Mexico City at:

To join the action, click here:
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