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November 12, 2006

Oaxaca Chronicles II

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Things still pretty grim in Oaxaca. On the one hand, the massacre I expected weeks ago has not happened, and the people continue their struggle. On the other hand, the federal police are still there in force, which seems to have emboldened the thuggish supporters of Ulises Ruiz and the PRI party; it sounds like they are threatening and assaulting protesters, and there is an atmosphere of fright and intimidation throughout the city.

And then I got an email yesterday with a scary prediction. Stratfor, the private intelligence/political analysis company apparently reported that:

The Federal Preventive Police of Mexico said Nov. 10 it will switch its operations in Oaxaca from simply containing protesters to fully restoring public safety. The police entered the city Oct. 29 to disperse the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) protesters that were blockading several roads and a government square. After dispersing the protesters, the police remained in the square to ensure that the APPO did not resume its attempts to gain control. The police will now try to restore security in the city after the anarchy of past weeks left it at the mercy of different criminal and troublemaking groups.

It is my view that the Mexican government has refrained fron a crackdown because of the media attention that the struggle has been receiving. But now that so many eyes are focused on the outcome of the US Congressional elections, maybe the Mexican government feels safe enough to try. So now is a good time to remind them that we are watching. Might not hurt to write your own Congressman, or Congressman-elect, or local newspaper. Or if you want to help more directly, email me; I think I know some people going down to Oaxaca soon.

Posted by Jake on November 12, 2006 12:06 am

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