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Brad Will Press Release: KILLER ID'D--ACTIONS BEING PLANNED
Centro de Medios Libres (http://vientos.info/cml ) in Mexico City reports that from.... videotapes, 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.
Subject: Brad Will, US Journalist and cameraman,
killed in Oaxaca - killer ID'd - actions planned in US
For Immediate Release
October 28, 2006, 12:40 a.m.
Beka Economopoulos, (917) 202-5479
Brandon Jourdan, (646) 342-8169
Eric Laursen, (917) 806-6452
WILLIAM BRADLEY ROLAND, U.S. JOURNALIST/CAMERMAN,
KILLED BY OAXACA PARAMILITARIES
KILLER ID'D - ACTIONS BEING PLANNED IN U.S.
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 Medios Libres (http://vientos.info/cml )
in Mexico City reports that [this part is incorrect: from Will's recovered videotapes,] 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.