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Demo outside Mexican embassy TOMORROW (Monday) and solidarity meeting

hands off oaxaca! | 19.11.2006 13:49 | Oaxaca Uprising | Indymedia | Repression | Zapatista | London | World


Picket the Mexican embassy (16 St George St W1, nearest tube: Oxford Circus) from 5pm to 6.30pm this Monday 20th November!

Then come to a public meeting from 7.30pm at the National Union of Journalists (308 Grays Inn Rd WC1, nearest tube: Kings Cross) with Jeremy Corbyn MP.

Since the end of October, tens of thousands of police and soldiers have invaded the southern city of Oaxaca to smash a social mobilisation that started five months before as a teachers' strike.

This violent repression against the peaceful population has claimed several lives, including indymedia reporter Brad Wills, but the people are fighting on with the demand that the corrupt local governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, known by his initials URO, must go.

The Zapatistas have called for a general strike on Monday 20 November, the anniversary of the Mexican revolution in 1910, in support of the Oaxacan social movement and, specifically, to demand that URO must go.

In a communique dated October 30th, spokesman subcomandante Marcos stated: "The central message that the Zapatistas send and will continue sending is that the people of Oaxaca are not alone: They are not alone!"

November 20th is also the date that cheated presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) is inaugurating his "parallel presidency."

AMLO lost the election in July by less than 1 per cent of the vote after numerous recorded irregularities, including ballot-stuffing and vote-dumping. Since then, he has mobilised millions of supporters, holding mass rallies and a national democratic convention.

Come to the picket to protest against repression and fraud, then take part in the meeting to help take the solidarity movement here forward. There have been proposals for more demonstrations and direct action, as well as the formation of a solidarity committee to help coordinate various groups and individuals active on this issue. Get involved!

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