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News :: International
Boston Expresses Solidarity with Oaxaca
27 Dec 2006
In response to the Zapatistas call to action for Oaxaca on December 22, approximately 25 people gathered at the Mexican Consulate in Boston at noon. People came from all over the region, including Western Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Nova Scotia, and Rhode Island. Unlike many demonstrations, this event was attended by a cross section of people from the area, ranging from a family of five who lived in Oaxaca for years to students to older women with canes.
Numerous people spoke of how they had been to Oaxaca, while others said the reason they traveled so far to Boston for the event was because of the importance this struggle holds for them.

People rallied outside of the consulate, located at 20 Park Plaza in Boston, for around an hour. At that time, the lone police officer at the demonstration stated that the police were told that the event was from 12-1 and then later from 4-6 pm, and thus people would have to leave between then. Either the police gathered poor information (because none was shared explicitly with them) or this was a lie. Regardless, people came to a consensus that we should march through Boston at this time. With chants of "Oaxaca is not alone, bring the struggle home" and "from Boston to Mexico, repression has got to go", people marched through Boston that were bustling with Christmas shoppers. Remaining on the sidewalk, participants went up and down a number of streets, namely Boylston and Newbury (Newbury St. is the biggest shopping street in the city). The march included two people in costumes on stilts, and other participants passed out hundreds of informational flyers.

Upon return to the consulate (at around 2:30 I believe) we were told again that we could not be there until 4. Ignoring this order, we stayed, but many people had to leave for various reasons and some people left to make photocopies. We kept a low profile until 4 pm, but remained present and continued distributing flyers. At 4 o'clock people returned and many new people arrived, and the demonstration continued. Someone arrived with a beautiful banner (that can be seen here at the last mobilization:

Two people went up to the consulate separately between 4 and 5 pm, expressing solidarity with Oaxaca and condemning the state repression. When someone else tried to go up (the consulate is on the 5th floor of a large building and security has to let you up) at 5:05 pm he was told that the consulate was closed for the day. Participants remained outside, chanting and flyering until around 6:30 pm. //

(NOTE: this is a quick write up written by one of the participants to let more people know that this event happened. i encourage other people who were present to elaborate more or share their own -more eloquent- accounts. Also, I have no photos or video but I know it was taken, so if you have that please post it)
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