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Two Years After the Barricades in Oaxaca, Part I

Davies: Two Years After the Barricades in Oaxaca, Part I

May 28, 2008
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Dear Colleague,

Two years after barricades filled the streets of Oaxaca - and federal police were ordered in to clear them - the social movement which spurred those five months of resistance is still smoldering strongly. Narco News' Nancy Davies returns to give us an update from Oaxaca, where she notes that the social movement has shifted through many forms, always surviving regardless of the formation or ruination of organizations that rise up around it.

Davies walks us through the current form in which the movement is advancing, whether it be in organized opposition to an international wind generation complex, or towards the resistance of the privatization of Mexico's oil producer, PEMEX, not to mention the quickly slipping support of the unpopular Oaxaca Governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

Davies reports:

"The 'social movement,' not to be confused with the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) or the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), resides in the populace seeking change. It is alive and well. It lives in all eight regions of the state, strongly situated within civil society and non-governmental organizations.

"...These public discussions all over Mexico, and across the state of Oaxaca, come at the instigation of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the 'defeated' PRD presidential candidate and leader of the anti- privatization campaign. Lopez Obrador came to Oaxaca on Tuesday, May 20. He spoke at an 'invitation only' event at the Hotel Mision de Los Angeles, to about 1,200 people. He recruited hundreds of them in 'brigades' to go door-to-door to collect signatures in opposition to privatization, and dozens to head up the statewide forums."

Read Davies complete update on the Oaxaca social movement online at Narco News:

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