It's Not Over In Oaxaca

The international recognition of struggle in Oaxaca seems far behind us, but it was today in 2006 that the police attempted to end the protest of teacher’s, leading to a more general movement in the ouster of Gov. Ulises Ruiz. Even today, as tragedy struck in the form of an explosion before a march commemorating the anniversary, the tensions between the people and the government of Oaxaca remain high.

Yet Kristin Bricker of Narco News this morning brings to light an oft stated case of abuse that goes back to the mid-1990s. It a story of the movement in Loxicha, one of the poorest regions of Mexico, that never happened in the midst of the Zapatista movement after it came to fruition in 1994. It is only now, over a decade later, gains are being made. An excerpt below.

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On February 9, 2006, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos entered Oaxaca’s Santa María Ixcotel jail to visit indigenous political prisoners from the state’s Loxicha region. When he left the prison, he called upon Other Campaign adherents in Oaxaca to launch a national campaign to demand freedom for the political prisoners.

That national campaign never happened.

However, a Oaxacan group called the Zapatista Collective stepped up. As adherents to the Other Campaign, they took Marcos’ words to heart and made political prisoner accompaniment a central focus of their organization’s work. Soon after Marcos’ prison visit, the collective approached one of the Loxicha political prisoners, a woman named Isabel Almaraz, and asked her how they could help her fight for her freedom. They worked with her for over two years, with her fighting from within the prison walls and the Zapatista Collective fighting from outside. On July 17, 2008, Almaraz won her freedom. (continue)

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~ by Daniel on June 15, 2009.

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