Home | Friday 31st October 2008 | Issue 653
People took to the streets in Oaxaca ('wha-hacka'), Mexico on the 21st of this month against the audacity of the municiple government in arresting and charging Juan Martinez Moreno (a member of the resistence movement in Oaxaca) with the murder of indymedia journalist Brad Will in the uprisings of 2006, despite film and photographic evidence showing the real culprits.
The protesters blocked the road as they marched to the bario where Brad was killed. Carrying enlarged photos of the men involved in the murder, guns still in hand, the protesters demanded the release of the innocent Moreno - and the arrest of the real murderers, Manuel Martinez Feria, Abel Santiago Zárate, Manuel Aguilar, and Juan Carlos Soriano Velasco.
Although human rights organisations are pointing towards ‘obvious holes in the case’ against Moreno, the question as to why none of the actual trigger men have been detained or even questioned can easily be answered - Feria is the ex-mayor of Oaxaca, while two of the others are cops.
Other demos are planned in connection with this, and for the upcoming second anniversary of the ‘Battle in Oaxaca’ (2nd November), when 3500 police and army forcibly and brutally took back the city after months of occupation by striking teachers, their supporters and other activists (see SchNEWS 567).
*For more, plus breaking news of how a well-known local reporter - who writes in support of the Oaxacan struggle and dares criticise the the ruling government party - was kidnapped, beaten, tortured and robbed on Saturday night in Oaxaca, see www.narconews.com