Protest shows solidarity with Oaxacan workers

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, nearly 100 people gathered outside the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles to denounce state


A banner supporting the people’s assembly in Oaxaca. Aug. 16, 2006.
Photo: Marino

repression in Oaxaca and show solidarity with the people who are demanding the ouster of Oaxaca’s governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz. Members of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) and the Party for Socialism and Liberation participated in the event along with many other Mexican American and Indigenous organizations.

Recent developments in Oaxaca have led to an explosive political situation. Progressive and revolutionary organizations have created a people’s assembly and led militant demonstrations. The Oaxacan state government has responded by imprisoning political activists and sponsoring right-wing gangs that operate like death squads.

Speakers at the LA rally drew connections between workers’ struggles on both sides of the border. They discussed the struggle for democratic rights and against electoral fraud in Mexico and the fight for immigrant rights in the United States.

One activist named Francisco pointed out that the democratic struggle against electoral fraud in the Mexican presidential election is drawing broader sectors of the working class into the movement throughout Mexico, including the state of Oaxaca. The struggle also now includes adherents of the Zapatistas’ “Other Campaign” and workers in the United States.

Click here to read a Spanish-language article on the protest in La Opinión.


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