Austin, Cities Around the World Denounce URO and the Mexican Government

Over 70 people gathered outside of the Mexican Consulate in downtown Austin today to protest the recent killings of unarmed protesters and an Indymedia journalist in Oaxaca City. The protesters erected an altar to remember those killed by paramilitaries and police during the four month rebellion that started when governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz ordered local and state police to violently assault a planton or sit-in of striking teachers in the city center. Friends of murdered Indymedia video-journalist Brad Will spoke about their relationships with him before roughly 30 people entered the Consulate to denounce the murders and the Mexican government's tacit support for paramilitary violence in the impoverished southern Mexican state. One demonstrator handed over a detailed report including photos of Brad Will's murder at the hands of municipal police and members of the state's ruling party, the PRI. Photos from Austin Solidarity Demo 1 | 2 | 3 | Update Solidarity encampment to be built in front of Mexican Consulate | Virtual sit-in Jam Mexican Gov't websites Besides protesting the civilian murders by plain clothed police, the demonstration today called on President Vicente Fox to stop his support of the PRI government of Oaxaca, which includes Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, and his police death squads. After the attacks on protesters on Friday, Fox ordered 10,000 federal troops from the the Federal Preventative Police (PFP), military police, and army to "restore peace and order to Oaxaca." Instead of reining in vigilante police who have murdered unarmed protesters at will throughout Oaxaca, the PFP have attacked encamped members of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca or APPO, leaving at least three people dead, including a 15 year old boy, and 70 people arrested. For more on the PFP invasion of Oaxaca City click here. Currently, Federal Police are occupying the zocalo, or city center, after protesters relinquished the symbolic square without violence. As Fox declares this operation a success, APPO remains defiant of the State and Federal government as thousands more barricades have been erected throughout the city, and have established another planton in Santo Domingo de Guzman, a few blocks from the zocalo. Rebellion may spread throughout Mexico as EZLN calls for road blocks and nationwide stike | Three thousand teachers from Michoacán state will go to Oaxaca to support the APPO Video from PFP invasion 29Oct | Photos from march against repression in Oaxaca | Photos of PFP Invasion 29Oct | More photos: the Battle is not over Solidarity Demos across the globe | New York City: 12 People Arrested at Mexican Consulate Including Indymedia Photographer Erin Siegal | Video from the NYC Demo 1 | 2 || Miami, Florida


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