Oaxaca: APPO calls for “peaceful revolution”

Follwing the conclusion of its “constitutive congress,” the Popular People’s Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO) announced through its spokesman Flavio Sosa Villavicencio its intention to convert “the popular revolt into a peaceful, democratic and humanist revolution,” on the model of the indigenous communities of Chiapas. (APRO, Nov. 15)

In Mexico City, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced his support of the APPO, saying “We are ready to support them. They can decide what we can do to support the people of Oaxaca.” (Noticias de Oaxaca, Nov. 15)

In other news, Amnesty International announced it will be sending a delegation to Oaxaca next week to investigate mounting reports of human rights abuses in the state. (Noticias de Oaxaca, Nov. 14)

Noticias de Oaxaca reports that nearly a dozen state health workers who didn’t have their contracts renewed are claiming they were fired as retribution for fialing to attend marches in support of Gov. Ulises Ruis. (Noticias de Oaxaca, Nov. 15)

All above sources archived at Chiapas95

Schools have “officially” re-opened in Oaxaca, but AP reprots that “only a small percentage held classes due to ongoing teacher-parent conflicts.” (AP, Nov. 17)

And Ulises Ruiz, ostensibly restored to power by the federal police intervention, sent a deputy Nov. 16 to hand-deliver his annual progress report to lawmakers after protesters threatened to interrupt his address if he gave it in person. (AP, Nov. 17)

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