Solidarity Encampment Built at Mexican Consulate

A mini planton or solidarity encampment has been built in front of the Mexican consulate at 800 Brazos St. in downtown Austin, TX (corner of 9th and Brazos). On October 29th, the Mexican Army and Federal Preventive Police, in support of the repressive government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, entered into Oaxaca City and have systematically attacked the popular resistance movement which is seeking to create a new state constitution based on popular power. To protest the presence of federal troops in Oaxaca, people in solidarity with the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO in it’s Spanish initials) will be occupying the space in front of the Mexican Consulate in Austin. On Tuesday, October 31st at 4:30 pm they erected a tent and now plan to live in front of the consulate handing out information about the situation in Oaxaca until there is a peaceful resolution of the Army/Police occupation of the state. UPDATE: The planton at the Mexican Consulate was lifted at 6pm Saturday evening due to numerous requests from the owner of the building. Plans are being made to reinstate an alternate planton on Monday, November 6th. Location to be announced. La lucha sigue. The demands of the planton are a return to social tranquility, an end to the violence against the population and popular organizations in Oaxaca, and a clarification of the murders of over 15 people during the past 5 months of protests and strikes. Short interview from the planton (.mp3) || Report from Democracy Now! || Photos from the ground in Oaxaca || Update The APPO Wins an Important Battle Against the PFP || After Seven Hours of Pitched Battle, the Federal Police Ran for their Lives As the popular movement in Oaxaca continues "creating its own foundation as a people" the once entrenched Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has lashed out in a desperate,repressive violence. To quote Tomas Cruz, a native oaxaceno, "What we are seeing in Oaxaca is a breakdown of [a] political system that is completely corrupt and deliberately abuses its citizens at will, using the legitimacy of the state to impose a government that only uses power to advance a personal agenda and that of a very small political oligarchy." However, according to Juan Velásquez Cruz, a member of the APPO, "What we are constructing cannot go back, nobody can do that, not even this very repression can force it back, today the wheels of history walk at the side of the peasants and the poor workers and we will not be defeated, even if they send the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) and the military. These will confront a people that will defend itself meter by meter, block by block. I do not believe that there will be defeat. We will advance." As federal forces continue their attacks on the popular movements in Oaxaca solidarity actions continue across the globe. Oaxaca Solidarity Demonstrations in the US on Thursday, November 2nd || Mexican PFP Assaulting University of Oaxaca, Radio APPO, Right Now || Killed for the Truth, Paid for the Lies, and Impunity for the Murderers || Civil Rights Violations Documented; Federal Police Use Cherished Zócalo for Toilet Needs


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