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Announcement ::
GUADALAJARA Call To ACTION
04 Jun 2004
FYI the # of the Mexican consulate in Boston is Tel: (617) 426-4181 * Fax: (617) 695-1957. please read below, make the call & forward this message... * * * * * * * * * ~ Please forward widely ~ CALL TO ACTION: OPPOSE REPRESSION IN GUADALAJARA
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FYI the # of the Mexican consulate in Boston is Tel: (617) 426-4181 * Fax: (617) 695-1957 please read below, make the call & forward this message...

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~ Please forward widely ~
CALL TO ACTION: OPPOSE REPRESSION IN GUADALAJARA
In Guadalajara, Mexico, violent repression and torture is occurring during protests of the meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union May 26-29th. Activists are protesting the meetings of an exclusive group of heads of state who do not represent needs of their communities, who are signing agreements that will increase poverty and exploit resources and labor.

Police harassment and brutality has been rampant during the protests. On May 27, after a camp where out-of-town protesters were staying, was surrounded by police and no one was allowed to enter or exit for five hours. The following day, Friday, May 28th, serious confrontation broke out during the main march of the conference. The police unnecessarily
attacked protesters with tear gas, pepper spray and physical aggression. After standing their ground for over an hour, protesters were forced to flee the area. The majority of arrests were made after the confrontation had ended, as protesters attempted to reach a safe place. Over 100 activists and bystanders have disappeared. Protesters are being held in 5 different jails and 2 different hospitals and the authorities
have refused to release their names . Witnesses in the jails have
reported torture inside the jail. Women have been forced to strip naked, and men have been brutally beaten while handcuffed on the ground. Nine of the people being held are foreigners, one of them severely injured. Her physical condition is unknown and no visitors, including lawyers, have been allowed to visit any detainees.

Authorities have claimed that they will release all but 9 prisoners on two conditions: out-of-town protesters must leave immediately, and all damaged property must be paid for. Even if the impossible ransom demands were somehow met, nine prisoners with more serious charges will not be
released, facing up to four years in prison if convicted.
OUR DEMANDS:
1) Unconditional freedom for all the political detainees
2) Drop all charges
3) No more harassment, torture, beatings or arrests
4) Proper medical treatment for injured detainees
5) Safe passage home for all activists

WE CALL FOR ACTIONS OF SOLIDARITY
1) phone calls to the Mexican embassy and consulates
Mexican Embassy: (202) 728 1600
2) donations for legal fees (see
http://guadalajara.mediosindependientes.org/)
3) flyering in your community and at Mexican consulates
4) creative actions of all kinds to pressure the Mexican government
The Mexican Consulate is your area can be found at
http://www.mexonline.com/consulate.htm or call the Mexican Embassy: (202) 728 1600

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO MAKE DONATIONS: See
http://guadalajara.mediosindependientes.org/ or
http://indymedia.org/en/index.shtml
See also:
http://guadalajara.mediosindependientes.org
http://indybay.org/americas

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