Mexico: Paramilitary Attack- Fears of a Dirty War
Davies: Oaxaca's State Offices Blocked
Fears of a “Dirty War” After Paramilitary Attacks; Movement Requests Constitutional Impeachment of Governor and Recognition of New Popular Government
By Nancy Davies
Commentary from Oaxaca
July 28, 2006
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The latest on Oaxaca's social rebellion can be found in Nancy Davies' commentary today in The Narco News Bulletin. Davies writes that members of the statewide teacher-led movement have vowed to block state government buildings until the governor leaves, and have filed a constitutional request for his impeachment. Meanwhile, concern is growing over a possible "dirty war" response to the movement in the wake of paramilitary-style attacks.
"After a successful display of organizing the general public to stage a free celebration of the traditional Guelaguetza celebration, the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO in its Spanish initials) embarked on the hard work of taking the next steps to strengthen the struggle.
"Backed by its majority membership of striking teachers, during a twelve-hour session concluding at 5:00 AM on July 26, APPO decided to blockade indefinitely the access to the State Congress, the Supreme Court, and offices of the Secretary of Finances and the Attorney General. The press office of Section 22 of the teachers' union (known by its Spanish initials SNTE), through its spokesperson Daniel Rosas Romero, said the measure was being taken in order to increase the ungovernability of Oaxaca and hasten the departure of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortíz (referred to as "URO"). The occupation began at 6:00 AM. on July 26, according to news broadcast on Radio Universidad, affiliated with the Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca."
"On the part of the government, the new phase is dirty war. Thus far, men assumed to be government paramilitaries have thrown Molotov cocktails into the homes of two prominent movement leaders (indigenous leader Alejandro Cruz López, and Enrique Rueda Pacheco, Secretary of Section 22). Radio Universidad has been attacked twice. Their phone lines and signal are frequently blocked. The station has been the main avenue of communication for more than two months, since the destruction of Radio Plantón, the teachers' small FM station, on June 14."
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The Narco News Bulletin