Sunday, October 29, 2006

Oaxaca update: Federal invasion to break uprising

Looks like killing a white boy got the local PRI paramilitary/cops in trouble; lame-duck Mexican president Fox sent the federales in. And they're going in now.

Oaxaca Burns: PFP invasion right now
What began as an article about the murders of Oaxacan protesters and a New York journalist changed as La Jornada is reporting that the invasion of Oaxaca by Mexican Federal Preventative Police (PFP) is happening RIGHT NOW. According to Radio Universidad, (reporting live over the internet) PFP have advanced to area around the Oaxaca City center and PFP elements wearing balaclavas over their faces are invading private houses and arresting protest leaders.

Federal Police March on Oaxaca
By Dan Feder,
Posted on Sun Oct 29th, 2006 at 04:28:36 PM EST
For just over an hour the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) have been marching on Oaxaca City. Police are advancing with water cannon tanks and riot shields. They have cleared several barricades but others are holding their ground. Whether or not police are armed is unclear, but there have been several reports on the movement station Radio APPO of PFP officers beating protesters. The station also reports that snipers are flying low over the city in three helicopters. Leaders continue exhorting the people to resist but to abstain from any violence against the police.

The gold standard of coverage for this stuff: Narco News Bulletin and the Narcosphere

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