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  • ...Shocking image of indigenous woman giving birth on a clinic LAWN when ....

    10/10/2013 7:27:48 AM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    FULL TITLE: The photograph that shamed Mexico: Health director suspended after shocking image of indigenous woman giving birth on a clinic LAWN when nurses denied her treatment went viral A disturbing photograph of an indigenous woman from Mexico delivering a baby on a patch of grass outside a medical center has set off a firestorm online and sparked a national debate that led to the suspension of the head of the clinic that has turned the mother away. The shocking image, taken by a passerby, shows 29-year-old Irma Lopez , who is of Mazatec ethnicity, squatting after giving birth, her...
  • ‘Dead’ candidate elected in south Mexico village

    07/11/2013 7:45:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mark Stevenson
    Prosecutors are investigating how a man certified as dead got elected mayor of a village in southern Mexico. Authorities say relatives of Lenin Carballido used a death certificate showing that he died of a diabetic coma in 2010 to convince police to drop an arrest warrant against him for allegedly participating in a 2004 gang rape. A living Carballido later ran in, and narrowly won, Sunday’s election in San Agustin Amatengo in Oaxaca state. In his campaign, he posted photos of himself all around the village of 1,400 residents, with slogans like “Now is the Time” and “United for Development.”...
  • Oldest Temple in Mexican Valley Hints at Possible Human Sacrifice

    04/23/2013 4:06:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    LiveScience via Yahoo ^ | Monday, April 22, 2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    A newly discovered temple complex in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, reveals hints of a specialized hierarchy of priests -- who may have committed human sacrifice... The temple dates back to 300 B.C. or so, when it was in use by the Zapotec civilization of what is now Oaxaca. Archaeologists have been excavating a site in the valley called El Palenque for years. The site is the center of what was once an independent mini-state. Between 1997 and 2000, the researchers found and studied the remains of a 9,150-square-foot (850 square meters) palace complex complete with a plaza on the...
  • Malia in Mexico story vanishing from the Web

    03/19/2012 5:59:15 PM PDT · by lward99 · 161 replies · 3+ views
    Times247 ^ | 3/19/12 | Eric Ritz
    Have you heard that Malia Obama, the president’s daughter, is reportedly spending her spring break in Oaxaca, Mexico? Allegedly, she’s jetting off with some of her classmates and 25 Secret Service agents to a country that the State Department has said all Americans should avoid. But something is different about the latest “Obama vacation controversy:” references to it are disappearing from the Internet — and fast.
  • SF won't let restaurant owner sell grasshopper tacos

    06/08/2011 3:28:42 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 37 replies
    ABC Channel 7 / SF ^ | 6/7/11 | by Jonathan Bloom
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco restaurant owner had a hit on his hands until the health department stepped in and said he can no longer sell his special grasshopper tacos or any other insect-inspired entrees. But Harry Persaud and his loyal customers are hoping to change their minds.
  • 157 Million Pesos Stolen In Mexico

    03/21/2011 7:03:41 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies
    KRGV ^ | 03/21/2011
    OAXACA - Thirteen million dollars worth of pesos have been stolen from a cash transporting company in Oaxaca, Mexico. Authorities say six armed robbers wore fake uniforms and even drove up in a money transport company's truck. No one was hurt in the huge hold-up. Elsewhere in Mexico, the violence continued. Masked gunmen killed ten people at a bar in a rough neighborhood in Acapulco. The same day, four others were attacked in a nearby town. The bodies of six men and women were also found. The weekend violence happened in areas where the Beltran-Leyva cartel is in control.
  • Mexico investigates report of 50 missing migrants

    12/22/2010 1:47:57 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Dec. 22, 2010
    MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities said Wednesday they are investigating the possible kidnapping of 50 illegal migrants in the southern state of Oaxaca, a day after saying there was no evidence of the crime. Honduran, Guatemalan and Salvadoran migrants were being interviewed by officials at the federal Attorney General's Office about an assault last Thursday, the National Migration Institute said in a statement. The migrants — 30 men, 15 women and five children — were held up by gunmen while trying to cross the country by train and are now missing, said the Foreign Ministry of El Salvador, which first...
  • Mexico: Hunting party of 8 killed in Oaxaca state

    08/16/2010 12:58:32 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 27 replies
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Aug. 16, 2010 | IXTLI MARTINEZ
    OAXACA, Mexico — Unidentified gunmen shot eight men to death and piled their bodies in a pickup truck in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexican authorities reported Monday after a weekend in which at least 19 people were slain nationwide. The victims were apparently on a hunting trip in rural Oaxaca near the Gulf coast when they were attacked. The state prosecutors' office said they were shot in the head and found Sunday, and one was 15 years old. The motive is under investigation, but the region has been wracked by drug violence, land disputes and other feuds.
  • Magnitude-6.2 Quake Hits Southern Mexico

    06/30/2010 10:56:40 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    KVIA/AP ^ | June 30, 2010
    Located In Mountain Region MEXICO CITY -- A strong earthquake rattled southern Mexico on Wednesday, sending people fleeing into the streets in Pacific coast towns and in the nation's capital. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.2 quake was centered in a sparsely populated, mountainous area of Oaxaca near the southern Pacific coast. "It felt strong, very strong," said Tomas Herrera Sanchez, a police officer on duty in the town of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, the closest sizable town to the quake's center. "There are people who got scared and left their houses," but there were no immediate reports of damage,...
  • More survivors return after attack on Mexico aid convoy (2 killed)

    04/29/2010 4:45:02 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies · 306+ views
    AFP ^ | 4/29/2010
    SANTIAGO JUXTLACUACA, Mexico — Two Mexican activists missing after an attack on an aid convoy, in which one Mexican and one Finn were killed, returned on Thursday and said two missing journalists were alive. The activists said one of the journalists had been shot in the foot so they could not leave a mountainous area where they had fled after Tuesday's attack in San Juan Copala, southern Mexico, where tensions are high between indigenous Trique groups and authorities. Police were unable to enter the volatile area on foot on Thursday due to gunfire, the father of the injured journalist, David...
  • A Lifestyle Distinct: The Muxe of Mexico

    12/07/2008 1:47:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies · 905+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 6, 2008 | Marc Lacey
    ...nowhere are attitudes toward sex and gender quite as elastic as in the far reaches of the southern state of Oaxaca. There, in the indigenous communities around the town of Juchitán, the world is not divided simply into gay and straight. The local Zapotec people have made room for a third category, which they call “muxes” (pronounced MOO-shays) — men who consider themselves women and live in a socially sanctioned netherworld between the two genders...
  • Mexico Seizes Arsenal, Drugs in Tijuana

    03/07/2008 10:35:36 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 6 replies · 498+ views
    AP news ^ | 3.7.08 | various
    Soldiers seized assault rifles, grenades, marijuana and bulletproof vests bearing police insignia after a brief shootout in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. No one was wounded in the overnight exchange of fire with three suspects hunkered down in a house in La Mesa district, army Gen. Sergio Aponte Polito told reporters Friday. Troops seized 91 assault rifles — some with butts of gold and ivory — along with 18 grenades, the bulletproof vests and more than 880 pounds of marijuana, Aponte Polito said. The three suspects, aged 25 to 33, were arrested. The bust followed weeks of bloody confrontations...
  • Mexico police chief, three others killed in Oaxaca

    01/30/2008 3:30:10 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 2,287+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 30, 2008 | Paulina Valencia
    OAXACA, Mexico - Gunmen shot dead a local police chief and three other people on Wednesday in Oaxaca, a politically tense southern Mexican city where leftists held a months-long siege in 2006. Oaxaca state Gov. Ulises Ruiz said the murders were linked to drug smuggling cartels whose violent turf wars killed more than 2,500 people across Mexico last year. Local police chief Alejandro Barrita was in charge of police units guarding banks and businesses on Oaxaca, a pretty colonial city still scarred by the protests of 2006. Barrita was killed while he was exercising in a city park. The gunmen...
  • Bomb explodes at Sears store in Mexico

    08/01/2007 2:17:10 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 48 replies · 1,245+ views
    Houston Chronicle/ AP ^ | Aug. 1, 2007 | JOSE MARIA ALVAREZ
    OAXACA, Mexico — A small, homemade bomb exploded outside a Sears store in the troubled southern city of Oaxaca early Wednesday, damaging the entrance but causing no injuries, authorities reported. A similar bomb was found and deactivated outside the entrance of a nearby bank, state Attorney General Evencio Martinez told national radio station W Radio. "I believe it could be (the work of) local groups, given the type and style of device," Martinez said. He denied the bombs were related to the People's Revolutionary Army, a small leftist group that bombed gas pipelines in July. Sears in Mexico is operated...
  • Mexican police, protesters clash in southern city of Oaxaca

    07/17/2007 1:06:25 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 389+ views
    Houston Chronicle /AP ^ | July 17, 2007 | JOSE MARIA ALVAREZ
    OAXACA, Mexico — Police fired tear gas Monday to prevent hundreds of leftist protesters from reaching the venue of an international folk festival in Oaxaca, in the worst outbreak of violence in the troubled Mexican city since November. Protesters hurled rocks and burned vehicles as they sought to march to a stadium where the renowned Guelaguetza festival is scheduled to start July 23. Police responded with tear gas and rocks. Some protesters said they only wanted access to the stadium to hold an "alternative," non-commercialized version of the festival, while others vowed to block the event entirely. The picturesque colonial...
  • Son of U.S. consul stabbed during mugging in Oaxaca [Mexico]

    04/24/2007 10:05:15 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies · 707+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | April 24, 2007
    OAXACA, Mexico — The son of the U.S. consul in southern Oaxaca state was stabbed during an apparent mugging, U.S. Consul Mark Leyes said Monday. Leyes said three assailants beat and stabbed his son, Marcos Leyes Perez, and then took his money after he left a disco in Oaxaca City at about 1 a.m. Sunday. Leyes said his son, whose liver was punctured, was the victim of a mugging and his assailants probably did not know he was the son of the U.S. consul. He was listed in stable condition at a local hospital, the government news agency Notimex reported....
  • 'Help save what's left of my life'

    02/01/2007 1:32:51 PM PST · by aCDNinUSA · 101 replies · 2,871+ views ^ | January 31, 2007 | Susan Lazaruk
    "MEXICO - A B.C. construction worker jailed for more than two years in Mexico over a building contract that went sour says he's been wrongly imprisoned by a corrupt system. "Get me out of here," a frustrated Peter Kimber said yesterday from his prison cell in Huatulco, where he suffers from kidney problems and other ill health. He said he has endured dozens of beatings and atrocious conditions because he can't pay bribes to get out. "I want somebody to actually help save what's left of my life," he said. "I've tried it on my own for two years and...
  • Gunmen kill leader of Mexican leftist party in Oaxaca

    01/24/2007 1:05:56 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 442+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Jan. 24, 2007 | JOSE MARIA ALVAREZ
    OAXACA, Mexico — Gunmen shot dead a local leader of Mexico's largest leftist party in the southern state of Oaxaca where at least nine people were killed in political violence last year, police said today. Democratic Revolution Party official Fructuoso Pedro Garcia was shot with nine bullets in the main square of Santo Domingo Morelos, a seaside town about 150 miles south of Oaxaca's colonial state capital, said state police commander Alberto Guzman. The killing occurred last Wednesday, three days after Garcia announced he would run for mayor of Santo Domingo Morelos. Guzman said the killing appeared to be for...
  • Mexico catches alleged drug cartel chief

    01/18/2007 11:24:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 399+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/18/07 | Mark Stevenson - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Authorities on Wednesday announced the capture of a purported drug cartel leader, the first major drug arrest under the administration of President Felipe Calderon, who has pledged a nationwide war against the drug trade. Pedro Diaz Parada was arrested in the country's southern state of Oaxaca on Tuesday and taken to Mexico City. He faces charges of organized crime and drug trafficking, the attorney general's office said in a news release. Prosecutors say Diaz Parada founded the cartel named after him in Mexico's southeastern region. Federal police and soldiers stopped the sport utility vehicle in which Diaz...
  • Gunmen Slay Indian Activist in Oaxaca [Mexico]

    12/10/2006 7:06:16 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 354+ views
    Washington Post/AP ^ | December 10, 2006 | REBECA ROMERO
    MEXICO CITY -- Assailants shot dead an Indian activist in Mexico's conflict-ridden state of Oaxaca, police said Saturday. It was not clear if the killing was related to months of political violence in which at least nine other people have died. The bullet-ridden corpse of Raul Marcial Perez was found Friday on a road near the Mixtec Indian community of Agua Fria about 120 miles north of Oaxaca City, state police said in a news release. He had been shot earlier in the day, it said. Marcial Perez had been involved in disputes involving two rival Triqui Indian rights groups,...
  • Leader of Oaxaca protests arrested in Mexico City

    12/05/2006 12:48:47 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 391+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Dec. 5, 2006 | REBECA ROMERO
    OAXACA, Mexico — Police arrested the symbolic leader of a six-month protest movement that took over the southern city of Oaxaca and left at least nine dead, hours after he said at a news conference in Mexico City that he'd gone to the capital to negotiate a peaceful solution. Flavio Sosa, whose heavyset, bearded presence became an emblem of the leftist Oaxaca People's Assembly, was arrested late Monday on charges related to the barricades, vandalism and irregular detentions carried out by some protesters. "Sosa ... is known for his use of violence, damaging private property and public byways, and also...
  • Mexico APPO protest deterioates into violence

    11/26/2006 6:01:12 AM PST · by rovenstinez · 3 replies · 393+ views
    The Universal Newspaper ^ | Nov 26, 2006 | rovenstinez
    The Oaxaca People´s Assembly´s planned 48-hour siege of federal police forces stationed in the main plaza of this state capital turned ugly Saturday afternoon and clashes continued into the night. APPO protesters fired bottle rockets through plastic tubes and lobbed countless rocks at the police lines closing off the Zócalo. The police responded by firing heavy amounts of tear gas. Several buildings were set ablaze, including the historic Camino Real hotel, although details about damage were sketchy. A massive APPO demonstration converged on the Zócalo in mid-afternoon and began dispersing at key intersections to encircle the Federal Preventative Police (PFP)...
  • Tensions increase in Mexican state of Oaxaca, APPO threatens to beseige federal police (Translation)

    11/15/2006 4:29:35 PM PST · by StJacques · 19 replies · 783+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | November 15, 2006 | Jorge Octavio Ochoa & Alejandro Torres ( translated by self )
    APPO will beseige PFP in Oaxaca's Zocalo Capital Plaza The State Council of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca agrees not to permit either entry or exit to one single element of federal forces Jorge Octavio Ochoa & Alejandro Torres/Correspondents El Universal (Mexico City) Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Wednesday 15 November 2006 2:28 p.m.  The Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) will beseige, starting the 25th of November, the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) who are located in the historic center of the capital and for two days APPO will not permit either entry or exit to...
  • Oaxacan leftists (APPO) threaten to expand and unite protest with Lopez Obrador (Translation)

    11/13/2006 4:07:12 PM PST · by StJacques · 18 replies · 618+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | November 13, 2006 | Alejandro Torres & Jorge Octavio Ochoa ( translated by self )
    APPO will reactivate blockades in Oaxaca They also agree to extend their protests against the government over which Felipe Calderon Hinojosa will preside if when he begins his mandate Ulises Ruiz Ortiz still remains in his position [as Governor of Oaxaca]. Alejandro Torres & Jorge Octavio Ochoa/Correspondents El Universal (Mexico City) Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Monday 13 November 2006 1:17 p.m.   Reinstalling barricades, taking state public offices and town councils, and the closure of major highways are some of the conclusions which the constituent congress of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) approved upon concluding its work early...
  • Youths Firebomb McDonald's in Oaxaca

    11/12/2006 10:24:59 PM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 8 replies · 524+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 11-11-06 | REBECA ROMERO
    OAXACA, Mexico - Four youths wearing masks tossed gasoline bombs at a McDonald's restaurant in the conflict-torn city of Oaxaca on Sunday, damaging the windows, seats and play area, police said. Security personnel at the shopping center where the McDonald's is located extinguished the blaze, police said. The restaurant was closed during the pre-dawn attack, and nobody was hurt. The shopping mall is near a university where leftist protesters set up their headquarters last month after police drove them out of city's main plaza, which they had occupied for five months in a bid to force the resignation of the...
  • Oaxaca bishop: No sanctuary for leftists

    11/11/2006 8:17:59 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 4 replies · 646+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11 Nov 2006 | REBECA ROMERO
    OAXACA, Mexico - The Roman Catholic bishop of Oaxaca said Saturday the church cannot grant sanctuary to four leftists who led a five-month takeover of the city to demand the resignation of the state governor. The four had publicly asked for protection in one of the city's churches earlier this week, fearing they might be arrested on charges stemming from their role in demonstrations which at times turned violent. But Bishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello told reporters on Saturday that the church has neither the resources nor the facilities to provide sanctuary, an ancient tradition in which temples shielded people...
  • Reports: Three explosions in Mexico City at federal electoral tribunal, party headquarters, bank

    11/06/2006 1:04:16 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 45 replies · 2,881+ views
    <p>Three simultaneous explosions occurred late Sunday night in Mexico City, destroying an entrance at the headquarters of a leading political party and apparently affecting the Federal Electoral Tribunal and a bank branch.</p> <p>The government news agency Notimex said there were no immediate reports of injuries.</p>
  • Thousands demonstrate in Mexican city

    11/06/2006 12:29:38 AM PST · by CrawDaddyCA · 4 replies · 425+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 5, 2006 | IOAN GRILLO
    OAXACA, Mexico — Thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched through this tense colonial city on Sunday, demanding the security forces abandon camps they set up last week to end a five-month protest. Masked police officers clutching automatic weapons watched the protesters from rooftops as they marched to a plaza about a block away from the encampments, yelling "Get out federal police!" The leaders then formed a human chain to keep the crowd of 20,000 from confronting police, but about 400 people broke through and attacked the officers with stones and bottles. Some of the police lobbed rocks back, while officers on...
  • Violence Continues in Oaxaca Today -- Mexican Federal Police Confront Radical Students (Translation)

    11/02/2006 11:41:01 AM PST · by StJacques · 18 replies · 1,959+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | November 2, 2006 | Jorge Octavio Ochoa, Alejandro Torres & David Aponte ( translated by self )
    Reporting confrontation between PFP and students in Oaxaca The cordon of federal agents fell back about 200 meters and they returned to the starting point, the terminus of University Avenue Jorge Octavio Ochoa, Alejandro Torres & David Aponte/Correspondents El Universal (Mexico City) Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Thursday 2 November 2006 11:20 a.m.   A confrontation between students of the Benito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca (UABJO) and elements of the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) is being reported. The uniformed officers are being practically bombarded by a rain of stones, sticks, molotov cocktails, and fireworks, from the interior [of the University] to...
  • Investigation of Oaxacan leftist org APPO requested, evidence of Hugo Chavez ties surfaces (Trans)

    11/01/2006 3:46:58 PM PST · by StJacques · 33 replies · 2,512+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 31, 2006 | Jorge Teherán ( translated by self )
    PRI members ask Segob to investigate financing of APPO The National College of Adherent Organizations of the PRI [Institutional Revolutionary Party] calls for the clarification of those who have supported the more than 160 days of protests which were carried out in Oaxaca Jorge Teherán El Universal (Mexico City) Tuesday 31 October 2006 6:31 p.m.   Organizations of the PRI demanded today of the Governmental Secretary, Carlos Abascal Carranza, to make publicly known who they find behind the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), since it is known that "these movements cost." In a press conference, organizations adhering...
  • Oaxacans Opposed to APPO Leftists March in Support of Sunday's Federal Police Intervention (Trans.)

    10/31/2006 11:32:58 AM PST · by StJacques · 24 replies · 580+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 31, 2006 | Alejandro Torres, David Aponte & Jorge Octavio Ochoa ( translated by self )
    They are marching in Oaxaca in support of Ruiz They are demonstrating in favor of the intervention of the Federal Preventive Police; they thank President Fox; they repudiate APPO Alejandro Torres, David Aponte & Jorge Octavio Ochoa/Correspondents El Universal (Mexico City) Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Tuesday 31 October 2006 12:18 p.m. Sympathizers of Governor Ulises Ruiz are carrying out a march in the streets of the city of Oaxaca, in which they are shouting slogans against the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO). The demonstration left around 10:30 a.m. from the Seven Regions bridge on Porfirio Diaz, and...
  • Two Forces Maintain Siege of Oaxaca Facing Uncertainty, Mexican City Shuts Down

    10/31/2006 6:46:11 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 492+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 31, 2006 | Manuel Roig-Franzia
    OAXACA, Mexico, Oct. 30 -- The men who weave wool into boldly patterned rugs don't bother coming here anymore... Oaxaca, Mexico's colonial-era jewel, was almost unrecognizable Monday, a barely functioning city befouled by smoldering trash and the charred hulks of burned-out buses. Five months after teachers launched a strike for better pay, and two days after the arrival of federal police, Oaxaca is a place under siege by equally determined opposing forces. Police outfitted with gas masks control the city square. Masked protesters armed with rocks control the rest. No one seems to know what will happen next. The police...
  • Mexican police storm embattled Oaxaca

    10/29/2006 4:08:39 PM PST · by ARealMothersSonForever · 16 replies · 739+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | October 29, 2006 | MARK STEVENSON
    OAXACA, Mexico - Federal police armed with assault rifles and riot shields stormed this normally picturesque tourist destination Sunday, bypassing barricades and touching off fierce street battles as they tried to end five months of protests and violence. Officers in black helmets entered the city from several sides, reinforced by armored vehicles, trucks mounted with high-pressure water cannons and bulldozers. Helicopters roared overhead. Police marched up to a metal barrier blocking the historic city center — which has served as home base for the protests since late May — but pulled back as protesters armed with poles and sticks attacked...
  • Mexican Federal Police Using Armored Cars to Advance Against APPO Leftists in Oaxaca (Translation)

    10/29/2006 12:49:27 PM PST · by StJacques · 59 replies · 1,545+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 29, 2006 | Alejandro Torres, Jorge Octavio Ochoa & David Aponte ( translated by self )
    PFP utilizes armored cars to advance to the capital plaza of Oaxaca The armored cars have begun throwing streams of water against members of APPO Alejandro Torres, Jorge Octavio Ochoa & David Aponte/Correspondents El Universal (Mexico City) Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Sunday 29 October 2006 2:05 p.m.  At 1:52 p.m. the movement of the armored cars of the Federal Preventive Police began on the international highway. The armored cars have begun throwing out streams of water against the protestors. This is the first occasion in which the Federal Police are using these vehicles. Without stopping to sound their horns, the PFP...
  • Police surround besieged Mexican city

    10/29/2006 9:29:59 AM PST · by ARealMothersSonForever · 41 replies · 1,002+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | October 29, 2006 | MARK STEVENSON
    OAXACA, Mexico - Federal police in riot gear and armored cars took up positions on the outskirts of this southern Mexican city on Sunday, as leftist protesters who have taken charge of the streets stood firm at their barricades of tree trunks and hijacked trucks. The teachers whose strike over pay raises in May began the uprising in Oaxaca agreed to go back to work on Monday, and the federal presence appeared designed to bolster law and order ahead of their return. But some strikers and their leftist supporters were outlining plans for street-by-street resistance. Officials said police had begun...
  • [Mexico:]Oaxaca protesters melt away into night

    10/29/2006 7:34:38 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies · 621+ views
    Express-News Mexico Bureau ^ | 10/29/2006 | Dane Schiller
    OAXACA, Mexico — The streets were eerily quiet late Saturday after demonstrators who've held a grip on this city for months unexpectedly abandoned their encampments and blockades rather than risk a clash with hundreds — or perhaps thousands — of federal police. Burned-out buses, sandbags and an array of debris — from old tires to tarpaulins — are all that were left of what for months had been fortified positions where demonstrators vowed they'd fight to the death to further their cause. In the city's central plaza — the symbolic headquarters of a movement that involved thousands of striking teachers...
  • Mexico issues ultimatum to Oaxaca protesters

    10/28/2006 4:17:00 PM PDT · by DaoPian · 34 replies · 1,475+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/28/06 | Pablo Perez
    OAXACA, Mexico (AFP) - Mexico demanded that protesters in the southern city of Oaxaca immediately lift barricades and evacuate occupied buildings, as federal forces massed for possible action. Some 70,000 Oaxaca teachers and supporters have been on strike in the city for five months demanding higher pay and the resignation of the state governor. A statement from the Mexican interior ministry demanded "the immediate handover of the streets, plazas, public buildings and private property" taken over by protesters. President Vicente Fox ordered federal police to Oaxaca on Saturday after a US cameraman for the Indymedia independent media website and two...
  • After Violent Clashes with Leftists Yesterday, Mexican Federal Police Arrive in Oaxaca (Translation)

    10/28/2006 12:07:34 PM PDT · by StJacques · 35 replies · 1,540+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 28, 2006 | J.O. Ochoa and A. Torres ( translated by self )
    PFP arrives in Oaxaca; commerical air traffic closed Six Boeing aircraft have landed at the Benito Juarez International Airport with federal components; Bell type helicopters are also observed Jorge Octavio Ochoa and Alejandro Torres/Correspondents El Universal (Mexico City) Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Saturday 28 October 2006 12:15  An intense mobilization of aircraft of the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) can be observed at this time at the Benito Juarez International Airport of this city. At 11:53 in the morning a Boeing airplane landed registered as XCMPF of the Federal Preventive Police, in the disembarkation quarter which it carried out this morning. On...
  • Mexico sends troops to violent Oaxaca

    10/28/2006 9:28:34 AM PDT · by ARealMothersSonForever · 36 replies · 1,068+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | October 28, 2006 | REBECA ROMERO
    OAXACA, Mexico - President Vicente Fox announced Saturday he was sending federal police into the violence-wracked southern state capital of Oaxaca after a U.S. journalist and two Mexican men were shot to death. The clashes occurred Friday as leftist protesters barricaded streets as part of a five-month-old campaign to oust the governor. Fox's office issued a declaration saying that the federal forces would concentrate in Oaxaca on Saturday. His office later clarified that he was referring to federal police, not troops, but did not specify how many were being sent. The president earlier had refused to send such forces to...
  • NYC journalist killed in Mexico shootout[Oaxaca]

    10/28/2006 6:05:14 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 32 replies · 1,146+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 28, 2006 | COLLEEN LONG
    NEW YORK — Undeterred by violence, journalist Bradley Roland Will felt compelled to document what he called human rights abuses around the globe, so he headed to the volatile city of Oaxaca in Mexico. As the situation turned increasingly dangerous, Will decided to stay. Despite his fears, he wanted people to know what was happening in Oaxaca. "I am entering a new territory here and don't know if I am ready," Will wrote Tuesday in an e-mail to an ex-girlfriend. "Life is crazy." The 36-year-old videographer from New York was killed Friday in the Mexican city where protesters have barricaded...
  • Pics of shootings and violence today in leftist-controlled Oaxaca (Photo Essay)

    10/27/2006 8:57:47 PM PDT · by StJacques · 105 replies · 6,475+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 27, 2006 | El Universal Staff Photos
    These are all from the homepage of the Mexico City newspaper El Universal's web site, I am including translations of the captions provided: Unknown subjects burn a van of the PRI [Institutional Revolutionary Party], where a shootout supposedly began in the municipality of Santa Lucia del Camino, Oaxaca Unknown men shoot at APPO members and reporters in Santa Lucia del Camino, Oaxaca; a foreign cameraman dies Unknown men shoot at journalists and members of APPO in the municipality of Santa Lucia; up to now they report 12 injured and the death of a foreign cameraman A cameraman, who looks foreign,...
  • Mexico: An American cameraman and a teacher killed in Oaxaca

    10/27/2006 8:43:00 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 714+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | October 27, 2006
    Mexico: an American cameraman and a teacher killed by ball with Oaxaca OAXACA (Mexico) - an American cameraman, Brad Will, independent chain Indymedia, and a teacher were killed by ball Friday at the time of exchanges of shots in the town of Oaxaca (southern), according to leaders of the movement of protest against the local governor who has lasted for more than 4 months. Brad Will "received a ball in the chest", declared with AFP Florentino Lopez, spokesman of the Parliament Popular of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) which requires the resignation of the governor of the State Ulises...
  • Oaxacan Leftists (APPO) "Suffocate" Oaxaca after Teacher's Union Decides to End Strike (Translation)

    10/27/2006 3:29:11 PM PDT · by StJacques · 16 replies · 640+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 27, 2006 | Jorge Octavio Ochoa ( translated by self )
    Blockades Suffocate Oaxaca They are provoking chaos and bottlenecks all over the city, by the closure of streets and main highways which APPO began this morning Jorge Octavio Ochoa/Correspondent El Universal (Mexico City) Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Friday 27 October 2006 12:55 p.m.  Absolute chaos and bottlenecks throughout the city were occasioned by the blockade of streets and main highways which the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) began this morning. The main international highway 190 has been closed since the earliest hours today as well as the Las Riveras de Atoyac highways, which were the only alternatives for...
  • Oaxacan Teachers Face Up to Leftist Intimidation, Vote 2nd Time to Return to Classes (Translation)

    10/26/2006 3:59:31 PM PDT · by StJacques · 6 replies · 321+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 26, 2006 | Jorge Octavio Ochoa ( translated by self )
    Return to classes approved in Oaxaca During the consultation of Section 22 of the SNTE, 31,078 teachers voted "yes" and 20,387 made theirs "no." The tentative date for the return to the classrooms will be next Monday Jorge Octavio Ochoa/Correspondent El Universal (Mexico City) Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Thursday 26 October 2006 4:04 p.m.  After eight hours of waiting and in absence of union leader Enrique Rueda Pacheco, today the wishes of the assembly of Section 22 of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) made known the official result of its consultation on the return to classes. From the outskirts...
  • Mexican Leftists in Oaxaca Issue Ultimatum to Governor to Resign within 72 Hours (Translation)

    10/24/2006 2:34:43 PM PDT · by StJacques · 25 replies · 949+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 24, 2006 | Jorge Octavio Ochoa ( translated by self )
    APPO gives ultimatum to Ulises Ruiz to resign within 72 hours They announce that as of Friday they will put into effect throughout the day a blockade of major highways in all the state and they will maintain the barricades throughout the city Jorge Octavio Ochoa/Correspondent El Universal Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Tuesday 24 October 2006 1:49 p.m.  As of Friday a blockade of major highways will be put into effect throughout the day in all the state [of Oaxaca], barricades will be maintained throughout the city and for the first time since they began this movement, all the population will...
  • In spite of intimidation from APPO leftists, Oaxacan teachers vote to end strike (Translation)

    10/22/2006 9:50:39 AM PDT · by StJacques · 14 replies · 664+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 21, 2006 | Jorge Octavio Ochoa ( translated by self )
    They voted to resume classes in Oaxaca, teachers reveal The consultation within the teacher's union showed a result of 26 thousand teachers in favor of a return to classes and 15 thousand against the proposal, according to sources within Section 22 of the SNTE1 Jorge Octavio Ochoa/Correspondent El Universal (Mexico City) Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Saturday 21 October 2006 8:40 p.m.  According to sources in Section 22 of the SNTE who were within the assembly, the consultation among the teacher's union showed a result of 26 thousand teachers in favor of a return to classes and 15 thousand against the...
  • Oaxacan Leftists (APPO) Order Striking Teachers to Meet, Urge Rejection of Settlement (Translation)

    10/20/2006 1:31:47 PM PDT · by StJacques · 22 replies · 391+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 20, 2006 | Jorge Octavio Ochoa ( translated by self )
    APPO whips Rueda The leader of Section 22 of the SNTE1 receives a series of criticisms on behalf of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca, who described him as a "traitor and sellout." Jorge Octavio Ochoa / Correspondent El Universal (Mexico City) Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Friday 20 October 2006 1:20 p.m. The leader of Section 22 of the SNTE, Enrique Rueda Pacheco, this morning received an official series of criticisms on behalf of the sympathizers of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), who catalogued him as a traitor and sellout. Meanwhile, the tension within...
  • Defeat for the Left in Mexico? Oaxacan Teachers Ending Strike, Returning to Classes (Translation)

    10/19/2006 6:21:05 PM PDT · by StJacques · 14 replies · 605+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 19, 2006 | Liliana Alcantara ( translated by self )
    Teacher's Union Accepts Resumption of Classes in Oaxaca The Secretary General of Section 22 of the SNTE,1 Enrique Rueda Pacheco, makes known that next Saturday they will set the date for the return to the classrooms. Liliana Alcantara El Universal Mexico City Thursday 19 October 2006 7:02 p.m.The Secretary General of Section 22 of the SNTE, Enrique Rueda Pacheco, informed everyone of the decision of the teacher's union of resuming classes in Oaxaca after five months of conflict. He made known that next Saturday they will set the date for the resumption of classes, which could be Monday, October...
  • Oaxaca Situation Intensifies -- Leftists Ejecting Government Officials from Offices (Translation)

    10/18/2006 1:43:13 PM PDT · by StJacques · 37 replies · 1,063+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 18, 2006 | Jorge Octavio Ochoa ( translated by self )
    APPO begins evacuating government offices Brigades of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca are carrying out tours of [government] premises to remove personnel. Reporting marches in support of Governor Ulises Ruiz. Jorge Octavio Ochoa / Correspondent El Universal (Mexico City) Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Wednesday 18 October 2006 1:30 p.m. -- Brigades of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) began tours of government offices around 1:00 p.m. to evacuate all personnel who work there. The first point which they visited was the Secretary General of Government, on República road, and afterwards they moved to the...
  • Teacher Hacked to Death in Mexican City

    10/06/2006 4:47:12 AM PDT · by DaoPian · 79 replies · 1,220+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 6, 2006 | REBECCA ROMERO
    <p>OAXACA, Mexico -- A teacher was hacked to death in this historic Mexican city that has been paralyzed for months by protests and violence, police said late Thursday. A colleague claimed the man was killed for opposing a teachers' strike. Thousands of trade unionists and leftists have been camped out in Oaxaca since May, building barricades, taking over buildings and burning buses. The protesters are demanding the resignation of Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz, accusing him of rigging the 2004 election to win office and sending armed thugs against dissenters. Victor Alonso Altamirano of the Oaxaca state police said teacher Jaime Rene Calva Aragon was on his way to a meeting Thursday evening when he was killed by two assailants wielding hefty ice picks. Fellow teacher Alma Rosa Fernandez accused militant leftists of killing Calva for opposing a statewide teachers' strike that was a catalyst for the wider protests.</p>