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News :: Human Rights : International
Solidarity in Chiapas for Oaxaca
14 Nov 2006
In a courageous and moving act of solidarity with the people of Oaxaca, a delegation of approximately 300 from Chiapas marched into the zocalo of Oaxaca City today, currently occupied by the PFP, the federal police force. They also visited the planton of Santo Domingo, occupied by the popular assembly movement, to deliver food and medicine aid (gathered in communities with scarce resources), as well as make a stop in their procession at the first Constituent Congress of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), to bring their message of solidarity and the need for organized and inclusive unity.
This action was organized by ¨Las Abejas¨, a tzotzil community from Acteal, Chiapas, where paramilitaries massacred 45 women, men and children in December of 1997.

Despite this first hand suffering of the repression, they broke the police barrier and marched with great dignity into the main plaza through tanks and rows of police, who appear more like military. There they formed a large circle and carried out a ceremony for peace. The federal police, heavily equiped, sorrounded this delegation of indigenous people wearing their traditional dress and singing songs of peace and justice. They carried white flags, one of which they gave to a group of Oaxaqueño leaders with the writing ¨peace, justice and dignity¨. To conclude, the women handed flowers to the police, some of whom accepted and some refused the gesture.

During this action, several police, one with his face covered, videotaped and took pictures of the people participating and of the journalists. This is all too suggesting of more repression to come. The entrance of this delegation to the zocalo was the first of the social movement since the occupation of the federal police began, almost two weeks ago.

While these actions took place, another caravan in solidarity with the popular movement in Oaxaca, made their way from Mexico City in 17 buses and 19 cars. After some four months since the formation of the APPO, today the people of Chiapas created their own Popular assembly of the Peoples of Chiapas.

As a testimony of the strength of this movement, a nationwide Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Mexico (APPM) is also being planned, with an initial popular meeting on November 18th and 19th in Mexico City. These are some of the powerful messages of discontent the people of Mexico are sending to the government and the world. They are demanding justice.

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