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NYC Indymedia journalist Brad Will shot dead by government forces in Oaxaca

A shootout has occurred in the municipality of Calicate, in Oaxaca City, Mexico today, leaving New York City Indymedia journalist Bradley Will dead after being shot in the chest. He died before reaching the hospital, according to La Jornada. A photographer from the newspaper millenio diario, who was at Wills side, was shot in the foot and reported injured, his status unknown.
Radio APPO, the radio of the Assembly Popular of the Oaxacan People, are reporting truckloads of armed paramilitaries entering the city. There are also calling for people to reinforce the thousands of barricades that have been constructed for months as part of the statewide teacher strike and popular uprising that has demanded the removal of PRI governor ulisis Ortiz Ruiz.

www.vientos.info/cml www.lajornada.com

Article from La Jornada:

Matan a documentalista de EU en Oaxaca; un fotógrafo herido
La Jornada On Line - 27/10/2006 18:38

Oaxaca, Oax. Una balacera ocurrida en el municipio de Calicante causó la muerte del documentalista estadunidense Brat Will, de Indimedia Washington, quien recibió un balazo en el pecho. A su vez, un fotógrafo del periódico Milenio Diario, Oswaldo Ramírez, resultó herido con un disparo en el pie, informó la edición Web del periódico. El enfrentamiento ocurrió cuando grupos de supuestos guardias blancas, según reportó Radio Fórmula, agredieron a los brigadistas que resguardan las barricadas.

El dirigente de la APPO, Flavio Sosa, pidió la urgente intervención del gobierno federal en ese municipio, porque dijo que grupos al servicio del alcalde priísta están amedrentando con armas de guego a los brigadistas que resguardan las barricacas. Nosotros sólo tenemos piedras y ellos armas de fuego", dijo.

De acuerdo a las primeras informaciones, en Calicante se registró una balacera y aparte del periodistas muerto y el fotógrafo herido, tres personas más resultaron heridas. El reportero fue herido en el estómago, y falleció antes de llegar a un hospital.

Tanto en Calicante como en el municipio de San Antonio, ambos conurbados a la capital, priva un ambiente de tensión, debido a que en ambos grupos de appistas que resguardan las barricadas y de supuestos guardias blancas se encuentran separados por un centenar de metros y se corre el riesgo de un enfrentamiento mayor. Los brigadistas se mantienen agazapados tras las barricadas y de acuerdo con la información, uno de ellos se encuentra herido sin posibilidad de ser trasladado a un centro de atención.

Google translation 27.Oct.2006 18:23


**Caveat lector**

Article from the Day: They kill documentalista of EU in Oaxaca; a photographer hurt On Day Line - 27/10/2006 18:38 Oaxaca, Oax. A shooting happened in the municipality of Calicante caused the death of the documentalista estadunidense Brat Will, of Indimedia Washington, that received a shot in the chest. As well, a photographer of the periodic Daily Millenium, Oswaldo Ramirez, was wounded with a firing in the foot, informed the edition Web into newspaper. The confrontation happened when groups of supposed white guards, according to reported Radio Formula, attacked to the brigadistas that protect barricades. The leader of the APPO, Flavio Sosa, requested the urgent intervention of the federal government in that municipality, because it said that groups to the service of the mayor PRI member are intimidating with arms of guego to the brigadistas that they protect the barricacas. We only have stones and they firearms ", said. According to the first information, in Calicante a shooting was registered and aside from the journalists dead and the hurt photographer, three people were more wounded. The reporter was hurt in the stomach, and passed away before arriving at a hospital. As much in Calicante as in the municipality of San Antonio, both conurbados to the capital, deprive an atmosphere of tension, because in both groups of appistas that they protect the barricades and of supposed guards white are separated by a hundred of meters and the risk of a greater confrontation is run. The brigadistas stay seized after barricades and in agreement with the information, one of them is wounded without possibility of being transferred to an attention center.

Horriffic 27.Oct.2006 19:03

ne portlander

Brad was a friend of mine...

Here's a photo of him I got from another mutual friend, and the photo of him dying in the streets in Oaxaca.

!viva Brad Roland!
!viva Rachel Corrie!

more detailed account 27.Oct.2006 19:21

ne portlander

there article about this that is worth reading here:

just picked this up 27.Oct.2006 19:27


CNN ran a story about Brad Will. This was included in the report:

"An Associated Press video taken at the scene shows people ducking for cover as shots rattle out from many directions. A group of six men are seen running through the street with the injured American."

My computer has limited capabilites especially when it comes to viewing video. Could someone see if they can find this video?

Viva 27.Oct.2006 20:52


My comrade.

Find strength, and let us get down there and tell this story that they wanted to silence.

Solidarity 27.Oct.2006 21:35


This is where solidarity matters. One of our imcista comrades is dead. The people of Oaxaca are under seige. They are pleading for reinforcements to help them. We cannot sit up here in the North and just watch blankly as they are slaughtered. If you can go to Oaxaca, please get down there. If you cannot go now, find other ways to help. If you know anyone down there, please ask to see what they need, what we can do to help them. If you cannot go and do not know anyone there, then please at least call the Mexican Consulate and all of your representatives to demand an end to the violence. The people of Oaxaca are fighting a very important battle, and we must stand with them now. They have set an inspiring example of courage and strength and ingenuity. Now, we must be brave and creative too, and not let them be sacrificed to global indifference.

Please see  http://www.vec.ca/english/10/consulates-usa.cfm for a list of every Mexican embassy in the country. The consulate in Portland can be reached here:

1234 S.W. Morrison, Portland, OR 97205
Tel: (503) 274-1450 * Fax: (503) 274-1540

a press release 27.Oct.2006 22:39

ne portlander


For Immediate Release

October 28, 2006, 12:40 a.m. Contact:
Beka Economopoulos, (917) 202-5479
Brandon Jourdan, (646) 342-8169
Eric Laursen, (917) 806-6452


William Bradley Roland, aka Brad Will, a U.S. journalist and camerman,
was shot and killed yesterday in Oaxaca, Mexico, by paramiliaries
affiliated with the PRI, the former Mexican ruling party. Will was in
Oaxaca covering the continued resistance of teachers and other workers
against the PRI-controlled government of the State of Oaxaca. According
to reports from New York City Independent Media Center and La Jornada,
Will, 36, was shot at the Santa Lucia Barricade from a distance of 30-40
meters in the pit of the stomach by plainclothes paramilitaries and died
while enroute to the Red Cross.

Centro de Medias Libres ( http://vientos.info/cml) in Mexico City reports
that from Will's recovered videiotapes, they have identified his killer
as a paramilitary named Pedro Carmona, ex-president of Felipe Carrillo
Puerto de Santa Lucia del Camino, a colonia in Oaxaca.

At last report, Will was one of five people who died in the last day,
along with 17 wounded, as paramilitaries and federal police poured in to
retake the city, according to Centro de Medias Libres. The city had been
in the hands of the workers for five months. Will is the first American
to be killed in the months-long confrontation. A longtime journalist and
activist, he covered land occupations in the Pacific Northwest of the
U.S., direct actions and rebellions in Argentina and Ecuador, land
occupations in Brazil, and anti-privatization struggles in Bolivia. He
was a much-beloved figure in the global justice movement in the U.S. and
leaves behind many grieving friends.

Friends of Brad in the U.S. will be calling actions in the next day to
demand that the U.S. State Department press the Mexican government to
investigate Brad's murder and address the terroristic regime that made
it possible. Additionally, they will press for solidarity in the U.S.
with the Mexican movement for social justice that Brad gave his life to
document in Oaxaca.

# # # # #

Repost: Narco News 27.Oct.2006 23:35


Radio Interview with Brad in Brazil 28.Oct.2006 00:35


tales from Oaxaca; a blogger 28.Oct.2006 00:43


Myspace is owned by Fox News... that is News Corporation..

here's a blogger who has a friend there in Oaxaca and posted that person's letters

 link to blog.myspace.com

Mexican Consulates in the U.S. & Canada 28.Oct.2006 10:37

el enemigo comun

Mexican Consulates in the U.S. & Canada


Oaxaca solidarity:

El Enemigo Común (film and news)

email 'announcement' list

events and actions

. 28.Oct.2006 12:27


The original article up at the top is wrong in that there was no shootout. Paramilitaries shot at unarmed citizens and killed Brad Will. It is the corpomedia that is telling its usual lies and saying 'shootout'.

Same like corpomedia always says about US protests that protesters and cops 'clash' when the police attack people.

Subcomandante Marcos A call for resistance 28.Oct.2006 13:46

Subcomandante Marcos

Subcomandante Marcos has called for comrades to deploy to Oaxaca to resist the forces of oppression. Anyone going down needs to be aware that this is no game, that people are being killed, and that, obviously, being an Amerikan is no sheild from the violence. It should also be understood that the people of Oaxaca are under seige, and therefore they have no reason to trust anyone right now. If you go down, go to bear witness and to stand in solidarity with comrades.

pics 29.Oct.2006 07:59



so sad 29.Oct.2006 12:44


Cant believe Brad died, I met him at the last winter EF gathering and all I can say is that he was a nice, funny, caring guy and that he sang a beautiful song about Jeff Luers that he composed.

Por cada anaraquista muerto neceremos mil!

long live Brad

B, you'll be missed 29.Oct.2006 13:19


Brad was there right at the beginning of the Fall Creek campaign in Oregon, when Free was starting his initial 45 day treesit. Brad held down Comfrey, the cargo net, while the loggers piled up huge old growth logs against one of his supporting trees, shaking the net and threatening his life. Dude had more guts than you could shake a stick at, and a hell of a nice and funny guy as well. Damn man, we're gonna miss you. :-(

stay with us always 29.Oct.2006 19:09


The sight of a stunning sky
The dound of a soft voice
The smell of sweet jasmine
i will think of you then

oh brad 30.Oct.2006 17:01

atticus atticus40@aol.com

Oh Brad

I'm so sorry I got mad when you slept in a tent on my roof

love always