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PROTEST MEXICAN GOVT REPRESSION: ATENCO

Date:
Friday, May 05, 2006
Time:
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Event Type:
Protest
Organizer/Author:
Mexico Solidarity Network
Location Details:
MEXICAN CONSULATE, 532 FOLSOM STREET (BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND
STREETS) (FOR BART RIDERS, EXIT MONTGOMERY STREET)
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Join with simultaneous actions across North America to DEMAND:
  • End the State aggression against the people of Atenco.
  • Remove all security forces from Atenco and release all prisoners.
SUMMARY
Atenco under state of siege, Zapatistas declare red alert

The municipality of Atenco, a self-declared autonomous community near Mexico City, is under a state of siege, occupied by 1000s of Federal Preventative Police who ransacked homes throughout the community. The conflict was sparked by police intervention on behalf of US-based multinational Wal-Mart, whose plans to build a megastore in nearby Texcoco are being vigorously resisted by native Nahua farmers and flower vendors.

Latest information from Mexico City:
  • Javier Cortés Santiago, a 14 year old boy, was shot to death by police Wednesday
  • 207 arrested, including 13 foreigners
  • At least 40 more are unaccounted for
  • 42 civilians injured, many beaten, 6 in the hospital in critical condition.
  • Barbara Zamora, a prisoners' lawyer reporting from within Almoloyita Prison states that women were raped by police.
The Atenco-based Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra, EZLN (Zapatistas), Other Campaign, Mexico Indymedia, Mexico City Free Media Center (CML-DF), Mexico Solidarity Network and many others are calling for solidarity actions via protests, phone campaigns and email campaigns directed at Mexican Consulates.
Added to the calendar on Fri, May 5, 2006 1:52AM
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