Contact: (559) 499-1178, FIOB
Fresno, California, December 21, 2006
National and International journey for justice in Oaxaca¡
350 political prisoners, 370 people injured and 24 deaths are the results of the struggle that the Oaxacan communities are holding since May 24, 2006 against the current governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz. The governor has violated citizens’ rights by using extreme forces and paramilitaries to repress the popular manifestations of people whose only demand has been for the local government to solve the social problems and stopped the selective crimes against social leaders.
Since the beginning of the conflict the Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales (FIOB) has been condemning through every means these abuses and tomorrow we will join the national and international journey for justice in Oaxaca that has been convoked by the Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca (APPO) of which we are member of. We will have a press conference at the Mexican Consulate after a march that will start from the Fresno City Council.
Date: Friday December 22, 2006.
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place: Mexican Consulate (corners of Merced and O Street)
March will start at 12:00 p.m.
Starting Point: Fresno City Council (
Ending Point: Mexican Consulate (2409 Merced Street, Fresno, CA 92721)
Our demands are the following:
q Immediate resignation of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, because he has been the main responsible of the injustices that occurred in our state and because he has not shown capacity to govern in a democratic manner.
q Freedom for all political prisoners.
q End of the tortures against political prisoners.
q End the persecution and repression of the social leaders.
q Immediate withdraw of the federal forces out of Oaxaca.
q Stop the indiscriminate detention and assassination of social leaders.