Monday, January 08, 2007


Mexico, January 8, 2007

Put the toys down and back out with your hands up. Nancy Davies Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, fraudulently elected governor, and self-regarded as king of Oaxaca...has declared that no public assemblies will henceforth be permitted in sensitive (i.e. public spaces) areas such as the city’s zocalo or the large plaza of Oaxaca’s famous gilded church, Santo Domingo. ....URO’s order is unconstitutional..... Under orders from URO, about 500 police barricaded for two days the delivery of toys donated by sympathetic citizens for the children. On Thursday, Aristeo López Martínez, coordinator of Public Security, Roads and Municipal Transportation, informed the public that the installation of the APPO toy fair would not be allowed, and if they tried it, they would be thrown out. Citizens who approached to deliver their gifts were told to put them on the sidewalk, behind the barricade set up in front of the graphic arts museum. Not only were the those who came with gifts outraged, but also passerby’s and tourists. The armed and helmeted troops, their shields at rest, stood sweating in the sun behind heavy metal barricades which held back the flood of toys and balloons heaped up on the pedestrian street of Alcalá on the north side of Santo Domingo. Nobody but the occasional tourist was permitted entry to the Santo Domingo area, guarded at all access points by troops. JP Morgan raised the risk index for Mexico by five points to 103. Brazil is at 198 and Argentina is at 226. We have lost, at least for the moment, an important resource in Otratele. This has been an impressive demonstration of what professional journalists can do with independent media and is an example to Americans who want to see a new media. The populist organization of Oaxaca, APPO, has stated that the Interior Department of Mexico has created the conditions for a reactivation of conflict, having used pretexts to maintain people in jail despite a lack of evidence. Newsweak (of which I would remain blissfully ignorant were it not for La Jornada) has reportedly reported that Latin American elites are generally (53%) optimistic and convinced that things are on the right track. 81% think the economy will continue to improve and 43% think it is already pretty good. 67% of Argentines, for example, think the economy is great. But by contrast, 83% of Mexican leaders think the economy is fair to poor. 86% of respondents, including a majority who regard themselves of the center or right believe that the White House has done a lousy job of relationship building with the region. Governor Humberto Moreira Valdez of Coahuila has blocked the closure of the Pasta de Conchos mine until the bodies of 63 dead miners are recovered. Bill Conroy reports that an informant on the payroll of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (with the approval of the U.S. Attorneys Office) oversaw the House of Death execution chamber in Juarez, Mexico, for a ruthless narco-trafficker named Heriberto Santillan-Tabares — who was a major boss in the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes (VCF) drug organization. The informant, Guillermo Ramirez Peyro, a former Mexican federal cop, along with another executioner, a Mexican state police commander named Miguel Loya, played an active role in the murders carried out at the House of Death between August 2003 and mid-January 2004. Bushco is trying to cover this up under the pretext of national security. Conroy concludes: So now it is up to you, dear reader, to determine if the balance of the JAT report should be released to the public, in the interest of justice, a free press and democracy. Maybe your voice can prompt some Congressional action on this front. More importantly, maybe your voice will help to revive the soul of this nation. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
no public assembly. that is completely unmexican. i cannot wait to see this ladrón fall.
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