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ACT: resist represstion in Guadalajara

In Guadalajara, Mexico, violent repression and torture is occurring during protests of the meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union May 26-29th.Over 100 activists and bystanders have disappeared. Protesters are being held in 5 different jails and 2 different hospitals and the authorities have refused to release their names. Witnesses in the jails have reported torture inside the jail. Women have been forced to strip naked, and men have been brutally beaten while handcuffed on the ground.
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CALL TO ACTION:
In Guadalajara, Mexico, violent repression and torture is occurring during
protests of the meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean and the
European Union May 26-29th. Activists are protesting the meetings of an
exclusive group of heads of state who do not represent needs of their
communities, who are signing agreements that will increase poverty and
exploit resources and labor.

Police harassment and brutality has been rampant during the protests. On
May 27, after a camp where out-of-town protesters were staying, was
surrounded by police and no one was allowed to enter or exit for five
hours. The following day, Friday, May 28th, serious confrontation broke
out during the main march of the conference. The police unnecessarily
attacked protesters with tear gas, pepper spray and physical aggression.
After standing their ground for over an hour, protesters were forced to
flee the area. The majority of arrests were made after the confrontation
had ended, as protesters attempted to reach a safe place.

Over 100 activists and bystanders have disappeared. Protesters are being
held in 5 different jails and 2 different hospitals and the authorities
have refused to release their names . Witnesses in the jails have
reported torture inside the jail. Women have been forced to strip naked,
and men have been brutally beaten while handcuffed on the ground. Nine of
the people being held are foreigners, one of them severely injured. Her
physical condition is unknown and no visitors, including lawyers, have
been allowed to visit any detainees.

Authorities have claimed that they will release all but 9 prisoners on two
conditions: out-of-town protesters must leave immediately, and all damaged
property must be paid for. The current situation at 9:00 pm,
Saturday night: ten people have been let out, a list of names has
finally been released, 43 of which will remain in jail on charges, and
eight foreigners are about to be deported.


OUR DEMANDS:
1) Unconditional freedom for all the political detainees
2) Drop all charges
3) No more harassment, torture, beatings or arrests
4) Proper medical treatment for injured detainees
5) Safe passage home for all activists

WE CALL FOR ACTIONS OF SOLIDARITY
1) phone calls to the Mexican embassy and consulates
2) donations for legal fees
3) flyering in your community and at Mexican consulates
4) creative actions of all kinds to pressure the Mexican government
The Mexican Consulate is your area can be found at
 http://www.mexonline.com/consulate.htm or call the Mexican Embassy (202)
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