Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Mexico, October 3

Update: Nancy Davies of NarcoNews Another street abduction took place October 1 in Oaxaca. Pedro Garcia Garcia, identified as a student activist and law student at Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (UABJO), as well as an adherent to the popular teachers social movement, was snatched at 2:20 in the afternoon, in full view of observers. ... Unidentified plainclothes thugs, presumably PRI hired by the governor, were initially reported to have snatched two others at the same time, one of them a woman with a infant, with whom Garcia was walking, but this has not been confirmed. ... The Asamblea Popular de Pueblos de Oaxaca (APPO), through Radio Ley, called for reinforcements from all the nearby neighborhoods, emphasizing that shooters were present, as well as thugs beating and attacking the APPO barricades and viciously beating the people on guard there.... Oaxaca has been subjected in the past few days to acts of random violence perpetrated by the all-but-destroyed governor. The sounds of gunfire and helicopters were heard all night on October 1. Businessman Carlos Slim, owner of the Grupo Carso y Telmex, says that the Mexican economic model is not working. Growth, correcting for population, is 0.2%, and 400,000 people are expelled to look for work. The refugees provide $25B, meaning that the economy is really in very bad shape. A UN Commission has hammered Mexico for failing to have a program to deal with urban poverty. Unregulated growth has produced a mess of complexity greater than in recorded history. Speaking of history, a columnist at El Universal recounts the history of grievances in Oaxaca. On Televisa, they showed three Oaxaca banks that had been bombed, as well as a note left by the bombers. As Sendero del Peje said (my paraphrase), the note read like it was written by the government. Especially in a provincial city like Oaxaca, no one talks about "the bourgeoise" or about using bombings as a "propagandistic means" of announcing the formation of a guerrilla army. Plus, as far as I could tell, they didn't take any money. See also El Universal October 2 has a special resonance. This is when government troops murdered people in cold blood in the Plaza of Tlatelolco [aside: until now, most people believed that hundreds had been killed then. According to the NSArchive there is now evidence that only about forty people were killed. Presumably many more were wounded.] So, the situation in Oaxaca, where the government is apparently planning to attack protestors, is doubly painful. Ulises Ruiz Ortiz is making sure to blame the PAN for anything bad that happens. What a prince.
Wow. Fingers crossed here, Charles!
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