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OAXACA NEWSFLASH: Three thousand teachers from Michoacán state will go to Oaxaca to support the APPO
31 Oct 2006
REMINDER: Providence, RI
Demonstration today, 4 PM
Kennedy Plaza federal building

US, Mexico: Hands Off Oaxaca!
Troops and police out of Oaxaca!
For a government of the APPO and the workers'
For a general strike in defense of the people of

401-837-3685 laboraction (at)
REMINDER: Providence, RI
Demonstration today, 4 PM
Kennedy Plaza federal building

US, Mexico: Hands Off Oaxaca!
Troops and police out of Oaxaca!
For a government of the APPO and the workers'
For a general strike in defense of the people of

401-837-3685 laboraction (at)

[Note by Fred Bergen: What follows is a translation of
an excerpt from today's "Political Pulse" column in El
Universal (Mexico) by Francisco Cárdenas Cruz. As
Working Class Emancipation stated in its call for
solidarity demonstrations, the struggle in Oaxaca is
not over, despite the attacks of the state and its
paramilitary thugs and the betrayals by leaders of the
SNTE. Yesterday at noon, I represented Working Class
Emancipation at a demonstration by anarchists and
liberals condemning the assassination of comrade
journalist Bradley Will. While they condemned his
assassination and the brutal repression of the Oaxaca
Commune, I got the sense that they held out little
hope for the future of the struggle now that the PFP
and Army have entered Oaxaca city. Their main demand
was to pressure the US state department to in turn
pressure the Mexican government to investigate the
murder of Bradley Will. We are the first to say that
the situation in Oaxaca is critical, in fact, unlike
José Luis Zarco García, who, if I understand
correctly, claims to have been "surprised" by the
attack that was being prepared for at least a month,
we warned that the government's "offers" at the
negotiating table were nothing but traps for the
movement. But as long as the people of Oaxaca and
Mexico have not been completely demoralized by the
attacks, as long as they are willing to struggle (as
they clearly are), the struggle is not over and we
revolutionaries have no business giving up and
declaring it over. There is a way to win, hinted at by
this heroic action of the Michoacán teachers: general
nationwide strike until URO falls! Solidarity actions
in the US and elsewhere, centered in the working class
and its organizations, have an important role to play
in this struggle to defend the Oaxaca Commune, but not
by appealing to the genocidal imerialist US ruling
class to intervene! We should not doubt that the CIA
is already intervening, on the same side of the
barricades as the PFP and the Army.

The recent resolutions by the Mexican legislature
calling on URO to resign are too little too late, and
offer no solution to current repression or any of the
other problems facing the workers and poor people of
Oaxaca. As our comrades from the LTS-CC have
repeatedly emphasized, a change in government "from
above" would only give a new face to the same
repressive bosses' government. Only a provisional
government of the APPO and the worker, peasant, and
poor people's organizations that opens the way to a
workers' government in Mexico can solve the problems
facing the Oaxaca teachers and the rest of Mexico's
exploited and oppressed.

We humbly suggest "immediately" to the teachers in
Michoacán deciding when to begin their strike. As the
emergency declaration of the FT-CI asked, what are the
union leaders waiting for to call their members out on
strike in solidarity with Oaxaca? More murders? More
kidnappings? More incursions by the police and army?]

Three thousand teachers from Michoacán state, Mexio,
will go to Oaxaca to support the APPO
Marches held in various states denouncing the PFP
[Mexican Federal Police] incursion

Pablo Salazar [governor of Chiapas state] warns that
he will not allow the rule of law to be violated in

Section 18 of the National Coordinator of Education
Workers (CNTE, a teachers' union) in Michoacán
announced the departure of three thousand teachers
yesterday headed for the state of Oaxaca, and an
indefinite work stoppage at the over ten thousand
schools where the union is represented, in support of
the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO).

Representing the teachers and the members of the
Popular Assembly of the People of Michoacán (APPM),
José Luis Zarco García declared his non-cooperation
with Sunday's incursion into Oaxaca by elements of the

He pointed out that the entry of state forces into the
city was a surprise, since the dialog with the APPO
and the Oaxacan teachers had not concluded.

He said that [the SNTE teachers] would not allow the
PFP or the Army to stay in Oaxaca, and that "Michoacán
is getting organized to add approximately three
thousand comrades to the caravan that is leaving the
DF (Mexico City) for Oaxaca."

The teachers of Michoacán and the APPM will declare
this Tuesday when the work stoppage will begin in the
over ten thousand schools of Michoacán, and will march
from the offices of the Interior Department to Plaza
Melchor Ocampo [a central square in Michoacán
adjoining the cathedral]. ...

Workers and oppressed peoples of the world, unite!
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