Pics from protest at Mexican Consulate to call for justice in Oaxaca
These pictures are from Monday morning's protest at the Mexican consulate in Portland. The Friends of Brad Will in Portland, along with supporters of Oaxaca, gathered in front of the Mexican consulate to call for justice in the case of Brad Will's murder by Mexican paramilitaries, and justice for the people of Oaxaca.
This is the letter we submitted to the Mexican Consulate:
October 27, 2008
This letter is presented today on behalf of the Friends of Brad Will in Portland, Oregon.
Bradley Roland Will, a 36-year-old journalist-activist from New York, was killed on October 27th, 2006 while filming unrest in Oaxaca state, where protesters had been fighting for months to oust Gov. Ulises Ruiz for alleged electoral fraud. Will recorded video and wrote dispatches for indymedia.org.
When Brad was killed, the people photographed firing guns at the protesters were police, police commanders, and operatives and bodyguards for the PRI party, including Pedro Carmona, Able Santiago Zarate aka "El Chino," Juan Carlo Soriano aka "El Chapulin," Commander Manuel Aguilar Coello, and Juan Sumano.
However, despite reports from the National Commission on Human Rights, and Reporters Without Borders, the Mexican government has been ignoring this key evidence.
Instead, over the last two weeks, the Mexican government has arrested innocent activists and Brad's friends including Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno, Hugo Colmenares Leyva, and Octavio Perez Perez
Today, we present the following demands to the Mexican government:
1) Arrest the Killers.
Pedro Carmona, Able Santiago
Zarate aka "El Chino," Juan Carlo Soriano aka "El Chapulin," Commander Manuel Aguilar Coello, and Juan Sumano are all connected to the corrupt government of Ulises Ruiz in Oaxaca, and were identified by eyewitnesses and video evidence to be the ones who shot and killed Brad Will.
2) Drop False Charges, Release Political Prisoners.
Since Brad's death, Ulises Ruiz' government has been attempting to bring charges for Brad's killing against Brad's friends, APPO people, witnesses, and those who risked their lives trying to get Brad to a
hospital. We join the National Commission on Human Rights, and Reporters Without Borders in finding these attempts to be an absurd and outrageous attempt to divert attention from the real killers. We demand an end to this smokescreen and the punishment of innocent people including Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno, Hugo Colmenares Leyva, and Octavio Perez Perez.
3) Justice for Brad, Freedom for Oaxaca.
Brad is only one of dozens of activists, reporters, civilians, and unarmed people killed by the State response to the Oaxacan movement for justice and freedom. Friends of Brad Will not only demands
justice for them, but demands what they demand: the end of corrupt brutal rule by Ulises Ruiz.
4) No to Neo-Liberalism and Femicide
We join in solidarity with the friends and family of Marcella Sali Grace Eiler, an international solidarity activist working with CIPO, Colectivo Mujer Nueva and with the witnesses of Brad's death who was found brutally raped and murdered September 26th 2008 in San Jose del Pacifico in the state of Oaxaca. Her death is part of an escalation of violence against women in an era of neo-liberal trade agreements and drug wars. We demand an end to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central America-Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), and Plan Puebla Panama (now known as the Mesoamerica Project), and to the the cultural and political systems that have permitted the raping and killing of women.
5) No to Plan Mexico
A year almost to the day after Brad was murdered, the Bush Administration announced the Merida Initiative (aka Plan Mexico), providing at least $1.6 billion in US armament, training, and resources to the same police and military forces that killed Brad and many other activists and journalists in Mexico and Central America under the pretense of stopping narco-trafficking. Already the weapons have been used in massacres and repression of activists in Morelos and Chiapas. Along with the AFL-CIO, the United Steelworkers, Tikkun, Wespac, Witness for Peace, Cispes, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, The Friends of Brad Will demand and end to the Merida Initiative.
On behalf of the Friends of Brad Will in Portland, we are submitting these demands to the Mexican Consulate in Portland.
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