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Dia de l@s Muert@s en Oaxaca: Brad Will among many
Dia de los Muertos is a little different this year in Oaxaca, with fresh graves and a military occupation. The backlash is starting, after five months without the 'authorities.'
Fotos from the past few days, including one of many of the memorials and altars dedicated to Brad Will, killed by Oaxacan police on Friday as he
was filming attacks on the Barricade 3 in Colonia Santa Lucia, now renamed Baricada Brad Will.
Audio from Teacher Juan Andres, who was shot in the shoulder the same day (5 min. 47 sec., Spanish).
This altar went up in the Plaza de Santo Domingo, where most of the teachers are now setting up their encampment after being evicted from the
Zócalo again on Sunday.
This instalation is in sand and charcoal
Names of the fallen in this struggle: teachers, painters, indymedia fotographers, teenagers...
Barricade 3 is located in a somewhat PRIista neighborhood and had been attacked before it came under fire on Friday. On Wednesday morning a crowd of people gathered to honor Brad at the altar that had been set up for him the night before.
A rosary was given, several people spoke, people added to the altar and shared chocolate and pan de muerto (bread). The teacher pictured above,
Juan Andres, was also shot on Friday, injured in the shoulder. His statement is above in MP3 format, in Spanish.
We walked down a few blocks, past the cemetary where people were gathering around the graves of loved ones, to the spot where Brad was shot. A small altar was already set up, but we added to it and gathered around, but had to leave together after a police car arrived and faced the crowd. I was inspired by the bravery of a group of people who lined up between the car and the crowd, all the way across the street, aiming video cameras at the car, standing in the line of fire, until the crowd decided to walk back to the barricade.
One minute video from the Dia de los Muertos Altar ceremony for Brad Will, at Barricade 3 in Santa Lucia