GRASSROOTS POLITICAL TRIAL & JUDGEMENT

3 & 4 AUGUST 2007

 The communities and teachers of Oaxaca, Mexico, have been organizing to get water, electricity, housing, roads and healthcare; school premises, school supplies, meals and shoes for pupils; decent wages for teachers . . . We have held strikes, sit-ins, mega-marches of 1.5 million people and occupations of government buildings and TV and radio stations.   Seven months have passed since the deadly alliance of the fascist parties PRI & PAN unleashed the most ferocious and bloody repression within living memory in the state of Oaxaca. People are being punished for demanding the removal of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz who came to power through the most fraudulent elections in the recent history of the state. Having stolen the election, he then abolished constitutional rights and violated the human rights of the majority of the population, violations condemned by international human rights organizations whose findings have been ignored so far. The 14th of June and 25th of November 2006 will remain engraved in the memory of the people of Oaxaca and Mexico as dates when the forces of repression of both state and federal governments tried to drown in blood an unarmed people demanding justice.  350 women and men, young and old, were arrested, then tortured and in many cases raped in high security prisons.  More than 60 people were murdered, 50 were disappeared and 500 activists are now being hounded with arrest warrants. Despite this brutality, the Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca (APPO) not only survives but is extending its power across the state.  It is preparing to launch a new battle against the impunity of the governments of PRI and PAN behind which they are trying to hide their many crimes against the people of Mexico and their affront to the people of Oaxaca. We call on

– The people of Mexico

– Our sisters and brothers in Agua Fría, Aguas Blancas, Atenco, Sicartsa

– The relatives of the miners of Pasta de Conchos, of the murdered women of Ciudad Juárez and of Ernestina Asensio who was gang-raped in Songolica Veracruz

– The power of international solidarity 

JOIN US ON 3 & 4 AUGUST 2007 for a GRASSROOTS TRIAL in the ZOCALO OF MEXICO CITY against CRIMINALS ULISES RUIZ ORTIZ, VICENTE FOX QUEZADA, CARLOS ABASCAL, illegitimate president FELIPE CALDERÓN and all those who are responsible for committing crimes against the humanity of the people of Mexico. 

We call on all organizations in Oaxaca and nationally, and on people all over the world to participate in this grassroots trial to witness and to judge, or to hold actions wherever they are, so that this trial becomes an INTERNATIONAL ACTION AGAINST IMPUNITY ANYWHERE. 

l TO CONVICT AND PUNISH ALL TYRANTS

l IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

l THE DISAPPEARED TO BE RETURNED ALIVE

l IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF ALL ARREST WARRANTS AGAINST COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS

l COMPENSATION FOR THE FAMILIES OF OUR MURDERED SISTERS AND BROTHERS 

JUSTICE FOR OUR DEAD, DISAPPEARED, IMPRISONED AND PERSECUTEDNI UN PASO ATRAS – FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER 

Contact in Mexico: codep_cnpp_oax@yahoo.com.mx or codepappo@yahoocom.mx   

Contact in the US: philly@crossroadswomen.net

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