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Ruiz "Used Mercenaries to Keep Himself in Power"

Davies: Ulises Ruiz “Used Mercenaries to Keep Himself in Power” in Oaxaca

November 1, 2009

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Dear Colleague,

The Mexican newspaper Milenio has obtained US-documents via the Freedom of Information Act that shed some light on the 2006 conflict in Oaxaca. Among the many “cables” sent by US-officials to then President Bush included several that showed the Mexican federal government’s worry that the conflict would lead to a “wider explosion” throughout the country.

Davies writes:

“The government of the USA worried about the 2006 conflict in Oaxaca, fearing it would encourage other ‘radical groups’ to rise against the government, according to cables sent by then US Ambassador Tony Garza to then President Bush.

“…An exchange of the newly available cables sent in 2006 reveals that, in the opinion of Washington, Ruiz ‘used mercenaries’ to keep himself in power; that Elba Esther Gordillo (lifetime leader of the National Education Workers Union, SNTE) wanted to take advantage of the conflict for her personal political benefit; and that the Mexican federal government was terrified about the risk of a ‘wider explosion.’ The cables make clear that George W. Bush’s government followed events of the social conflict with constant communications between various security bodies during the six months of movement control in Oaxaca in 2006 because the USA thought that Mexico could explode; it was also the year of the political opposition by Andrés Manuel López Obrador after the election of July 2.”

Read the rest of Davies’ article, along with other news from all América, online at Narco News:

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David B. Briones
The Narco News Bulletin

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