Monday, October 30, 2006

Oaxaca = War Zone

q&a from the bbc
mark in mexico blog
el universal
narco news
indie media
some photos
please pray for peace and the safety of our families and friends...

6 comments:

chuck said...

for sure. it must be extremely difficult to be here on the sidelines. he has them.

elnellis said...

thanks chuck

Aaron said...

phil, we are praying peace for you guys, your fam, and for oaxaca...

Jaime said...

Things are pretty wild down here, i'm writing this because i just want to ask you that dont believe everything that "Mark in mexico" has to say, unfortunately all the violence is true, but he is bias with the popular movement. There are not only radicals in this, it is true though that they are a minority. but the base of the movement is the people, I'm not talking about the rich people who lives in the very exclusive area by the Plaza del Valle Malls, I'm talking about the people that work for minimum wages, the people that sees how the politicians become rich overnite, how they deceived people, promised everything but do nothing. This people are the ones that are on the streets, whom answer the University radio station calls for backup, the people whom are tired that the government just takes everything from them, their land, their ways, their idiosyncrasy, their culture. These are the indians, the native oaxacans whom want something better for their children.
Something that "Mark in Mexico" forgets to mention is that besides this movement, there are groups of people arguing about the future of Oaxaca, the artists, the handcrafters, the media workers, you name it, they called it "mesas de diálogo" (dialogues' tables)they want to propose changes in Oaxaca, in these dialogues' tables a lot of people are involved, some of them dont support the uprising but they definitely want some changes.
thanks for praying for my city, which I deeply love, even though there are sometimes that I would like to move somewhere else and leave everything behind, but what is happening here will happen in other parts of the country if the government doesn't start listening to the people.

Jaime said...

images and sounds speak louder than words. so here are some links to download some videos about what's happening, I think they are subtitled in English but if they dont ask somebody that speaks spanish to translate. I highly recomend the high resolution ones, doesn't really take to long to download.

http://salonchingon.com/cinema/brad.php?city=ny

http://salonchingon.com/cinema/oaxaca_o29.php?city=ny

and if you have sometime and want to know why we opposed the entry of the federales here's a video of what happened early this year in a place near mexico city, where the federales entered to "bring safety to the town".

http://salonchingon.com/cinema/otra_canal6atenco.php?city=ny

elnellis said...

thanks for the perspective, jaime.