Coverage of the Oaxaca Rebellion
in the Narco News Bulletin, List I, from
26 May 2006 to 22 October 2006

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NOTE: All of the 72 items listed here are on the home pages of Issues 41, 42 and 43 of the Narco News Bulletin website, except the 28 June and 17 July reports of Nancy Davies, which are on my website. —G.S.

26 May 2006, The Desperate Government in Oaxaca. “When they start beating up photographers and shoving around elderly women, they must be frantic”, by Nancy Davies

7 June 2006, Oaxaca Near Meltdown Over Teacher Strike. More than Just an Educators’ Pay Dispute, the Conflict Is a Sign of Governor Ruiz’s Inability to Rule a State Fed Up with Repression and Corruption, by Nancy Davies

8 June 2006, The Battle of Oaxaca Through an Ex-Pat’s Eyes. Eager to See the World Get Better but Not Able to do Much About It, Suddenly the “Revolution” Comes to Our Door, by George Salzman

12 June 2006, Stand-off Continues as Oaxaca Teachers’ Strike enters Fourth Week. Teachers Soliciting Signatures to Impeach Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz in a Struggle Between Civil Society and the PRI, by Nancy Davies

14 June 2006, Teachers Repel 3,000 Police from Oaxaca’s Historic Center. Thousands of Police Surround the City Center as Strikers Hold Their Ground, by Geoffrey Harman

14 June 2006, “The Center of the City Looks Like a War Zone”. Scenes of Chaos in Downtown Oaxaca City as Striking Teachers Defend Themselves from Police Attack, by Nancy Davies

15 June 2006, Police Unleash Repression Against Oaxaca Teachers. Growing Demand for Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz’ Removal, by James Daria and Dul Santamaría

15 June 2006, Oaxaca Teachers Retake the Center of the State Capital, Waiting for Negotiations. The Day After a Failed Police Invasion, Strikers Seek Removal of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, by Nancy Davies

17 June 2006, In Oaxaca Mega-March, 400,000 Send A Firm No to the Repression by Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortíz. Blockades and Occupations Throughout the State; San Blas Atempa Takes Back its Autonomous City Hall, by Nancy Davies

21 June 2006, Oaxaca Teachers Organize “Popular Assembly” to Oppose the State Government. Talks with Federal Negotiators Cancelled as Teachers’ Strike Dedicates Itself to Ousting the Governor, by Nancy Davies

21 June 2006, Four Weeks that Shook Oaxaca. A Teachers’ Strike Evolves from a Labor March to a Celebration of Resistance to a United Front for Widespread Discontent, by Geoffrey Harman

22 June 2006, Protest in Front of Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles Demonstrates Outrage Over Repression in Oaxaca. Carrying Bilingual Signs, Vigil Participants Demand Resignation of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, by Margarita Salazar

23 June 2006, Oaxaca Government Stages “Protest March” Against Striking Teachers. Word on the Street Reveals that Many Demonstrators Were Paid to March or Threatened with Job Loss; Teachers Remain in Control of City Center, Demanding Governor’s Resignation, by Nancy Davies

24 June 2006, The Uprising of Oaxaca – How Far Can it Go? Two Issues Must Now Be Resolved: Removal of Governor Ulises Ruiz and Resolution of the Teachers’ Educational Demands, by Nancy Davies

27 June 2006, A Call from the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca. The Next “Mega-March” Will Be Held on June 28, As a Popular Struggle is Constructed “From Below”, by the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca

28 June 2006, Statewide Popular Assembly Meets in Oaxaca. The Fourth “Mega-March” Brings out 600,000 on June 28, by Nancy Davies
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29 June 2006, A Teacher in Every Town. Forty Percent of Oaxaca’s Municipal Governments Are In the Hands of Educators’ Union Supporters, as Mobilizations and Assemblies in the State Capital Keep Growing, by Nancy Davies

1 July 2006, “No Truce; Not One Step Back” Oaxaca Popular Assembly Holds its Fifth Meeting, Refuses To Recognize The State Government and Vows to Install a Popular Government on July 5, by Nancy Davies

3 July 2006, Oaxaca Voters Punish the PRI. Citizens Denounce Electoral Fraud In a Show of Democracy from Below, by Nancy Davies

7 July 2006, Oaxaca Initiates Alternative Government. Popular Assembly Reclaims Government Palace for the People, by Nancy Davies

7 July 2006, Oaxaca’s Social Rebellion Faces New Challenges as the Movement Enters a New Phase With Teachers Heading Home to Finish Out the School Year, State Government Attempts to Exploit Divisions and Fatigue, by James Daria and Dul Santamaria

15 July 2006, Bishop Samuel Ruiz Visits Oaxaca An Ungovernable State Seeks Historic Solutions, by Nancy Davies

17 July 2006, The Real Thing: The people take back their own celebration , by Nancy Davies

22 July 2006, The Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca Lodges Legal Denunciation of Governor Ruiz, Movement Presents Impeachment Papers to the Mexican Congress, by Nancy Davies

23 July 2006, Radio Universidad, A Voice of Oaxaca’s Social Rebellion, Attacked, Supporters Defend the Student-Run Radio Station from “Paramilitary” Aggressors, by Nancy Davies

28 July 2006, Oaxaca’s State Offices Blocked, Fears of a “Dirty War” After Paramilitary Attacks; Movement Requests Constitutional Impeachment of Governor and Recognition of New Popular Government, by Nancy Davies

2 August 2006, Oaxaca’s State TV Station Under Popular Control, Women March to the Zocalo Against Governor and Take Over Channel 9 Studios, by Nancy Davies

5 August 2006, Scenes from the Oaxaca Rebellion, After Seizing the State TV Station, the Movement Remains Firm and Peaceful as Government Steps Up Pressure and Provocations, by John Gibler

9 August 2006, Movement in Oaxaca Faces Threats and Gunfire as 300 Federal Police Arrive in the State Capital, Popular Assembly Blocks Oaxaca City Government Buildings and Repels Another Police Attack, by Nancy Davies

11 August 2006, Attorney General of Oaxaca Issues Arrest Warrants For Fifty Movement Leaders, Three Indigenous Triquis Shot Dead On The Road In Putla; Protest March Attacked Leaving One Dead, Two Wounded, by Nancy Davies

14 August 2006, Silent March for Victims as Dirty War Accelerates, Eight Popular Assembly Leaders Abducted; Four Leaders and Activists are Dead, by Nancy Davies

20 August 2006, General Strike in Oaxaca: 80,000 Workers Participate in Stoppage to Support the Popular Movement, Former Chiapas Bishop Ruiz Makes Second Visit to Oaxaca for National Forum, by Nancy Davies

21 August 2006, Teacher Rebellion in Oaxaca, A Precursor of Conflicts that Will Surge in Other States, by John Gibler

21 August 2006, State Forces Attack the Popular Media in Oaxaca, As the Popular Movement Spreads and Solidifies, the Government is in Panic, by George Salzman

22 August 2006, Dirty War for Control of the Media in Oaxaca, Responding to Government Attack on Occupied Channel 9, Social Movement Seizes Control of Ten Commercial Radio Stations, by Nancy Davies

23 August 2006, Two Days in the Life of Oaxaca's Revolution, A Neighborhood Organizes to Hold a Radio Station and Protect Citizens from Police Repression, by James Daria

26 August 2006, The Battle of Oaxaca in the Context of Mexico's Post-Electoral Crisis, “I Never Wanted to be a War Correspondent When I Grew Up”, by Nancy Davies

28 August 2006, Navigating the Politics of Populist Upheaval, Consider Oaxaca, Where a Crooked Governor Won’t Pay Off Unions, Teachers Take Over the Capital, Partisans Burn Buses and Police Shoot Up Barricades, by Arno Kopecky

28 August 2006, Operation “Clean-Up” in Oaxaca, Following the CIA’s “Psychological Operations” Manual for the Nicaraguan Contras, the State Government Has Unleashed a Bloody Counterinsurgency Strategy to Eliminate the Social Movement, by Diego Enrique Osorno

30 August 2006, The Revolutionary Surge in Oaxaca, From Teachers’ Strike Towards Dual Power, by George Salzman

3 September 2006, Oaxaca’s Social Movement Develops Radical Vision for a National Government of the People, Despite Fatigue, Marchers Once Again Fill the Streets of the State Capital, as Social Leaders from Other States Visit to Learn from Oaxaca’s Example, by Nancy Davies

5 September 2006, Oaxaca State Government’s Transfer to Juchitán Canceled: “The Conditions Do Not Exist”, The Teachers’ Union in this PRI-Dominated, Indigenous City Joins the Popular Mobilization, by Hermann Bellinghausen

7 September 2006, Oaxaca’s Popular Assembly “Expels” the State Government, Events Announced to Build a “National Movement from Below”, by Nancy Davies

9 September 2006, Clarifying in Order to Move Forward, One Hundred Days Into the Oaxaca Commune, a Successful Assault on Power is Possible, by Alberto Hijar

17 September 2006, The Popular Assembly and the Teachers Take Gov. Ulises’ Place at the “Grito” Independence Day Celebration, Publish Manifesto; Teachers’ Union Rank and File Prevent the Return of Buses to the Government as Had Been Negotiated with the Minister of the Interior, by Octavio Velez Ascencio

18 September 2006, Oaxaca’s Cry for Independence More Than Ever, it Is the People Who Govern this State, by Nancy Davies

21 September 2006, The Politics of Violence in Oaxaca: Recent Government Actions Lead to Fears of Generalized Violence Against the People, by Raul Gatica

24 September 2006, No Way to Go But Forward: The APPO Undertakes a Long Walk to Mexico, by Nancy Davies

26 September 2006, Self-Defense Drills in Oaxaca: Neighbors Prepare to Resist State Violence, by Diego Enrique Osorno

28 September 2006, Oaxaca Teachers Agree to Continue Protest Until Gov. Ulises Ruiz Falls: Some Claim the Current Business Strike Will Be Used as Pretext for Repression, by Hermann Bellinghausen

29 September 2006, Oaxaca is the Football, and the PRI, PAN and PRD Are Kicking it Around: None of Them has Figured Out a Way to Score, by Nancy Davies

29 September 2006, Oaxaca: Buisness Strike Failed; Destabilizing Operations Coming to Light. APPO Infiltrated by Government Operatives Planning Violence, by Hermann Bellinghausen

1 October 2006, Preparations for War in Oaxaca: Military Aircraft Doing Reconnaissance Flights Over APPO Encampments, by Diego Enrique Osorno and Óscar Rodríguez

1 October 2006, Second Navy Helicopter Flight Over Oaxaca City Triggers APPO’s Alarms: Movement Leaders Broadcast Warnings but Call for Calm, by Notimex, Translation by Dan Feder

2 October 2006, Marcos: “Oaxaca Is Not Just an Emergency, It Is Also an Example to Follow”: Delegate Zero Presents Seven Zapatista Comandantes to the Other Campaign in Mexico City, by Al Giordano

3 October 2006, Abductions in Oaxaca: Law Student and Possibly Two Others Reported Snatched from the Streets by Plainclothes Thugs, by Nancy Davies

3 October 2006, Communiqué: Encampment for Dignity and Against Repression in Oaxaca. Donate Seventy-Two Hours for Peace, by Civil Society Organizations of Oaxaca

5 October 2006, Crisis Escalates as Marines Land in Oaxaca: Governor’s Departure Now a National Demand, as Political Figures Pledge to Travel to the State as “Human Shields” in the Event of an Attack, by Nancy Davies

8 October 2006, Barricaded City: A Long Weekend in Oaxaca Ends Without Military Intervention, by Diego Enrique Osorno

8 October 2006, Indigenous Teachers Defend “A Just Cause”: Teachers Build and Defend Thousands of Makeshift Barricades Throughout Oaxaca City, by John Gibler

8 October 2006, Oaxaca Popular and Indigenous Organizations Boycott Negotiating Session in Mexico City. They Refuse to Sit at the Same Table as Ulises Ruiz; the Federal Government Says It Will Try Again on Thursday, by Kristin Bricker

9 October 2006, Protest of Repression in Oaxaca Called at Mexican Consulate in New York City for Tuesday, October 10. The Demonstration Will Be from 4 to 6:00 p.m., at 27 East 39th Street, by Industrial Workers of the World - NYC

9 October 2006, Mexican Government Snubs Immigrant Demonstrations Supporting the Fight of the APPO in the United States. “We will use other methods,” if the repression continues, warn Oaxacans; In California, New York, Texas and Massachusetts preparations are made for protests against the government, by Margarita Salazar

10 October 2006, APPO, The De Facto Government in Oaxaca, Moves Toward Permanence. As Both Sides Dance Around an Agreement, a Decentralized People’s Government, Based on Indigenous Traditions, Begins to Take Shape, by Nancy Davies

11 October 2006, The People of Oaxaca’s March for Dignity Heads Towards Mexico City: A Conversation with Two Section 22 Teachers on the Long March from Morelos to Mexico State, by Erwin Slim

13 October 2006, Police and Government Thugs Open Fire on APPO Members: Four Wounded Outside the Department of Citizen Protection in Oaxaca City, by Enrique Mendez and Octavio Velez

16 October 2006, Paramilitary attacks continue in Oaxaca: Soldiers in Civilan Clothes Fire on Unarmed Protesters, by John Gibler

17 October 2006, Oaxaca Women Tap for Hope with Their Fingernails. As Stalemate Continues Between Federal Government and Popular Uprising, APPO Holds a “Dialog for Peace,” PRI Supporters Burn Indigenous Radio Stations, and Soldiers Shoot a Protester Dead, by Nancy Davies

18 October 2006, A Revolution with an Absolute Minimum of Violence: It’s Not “News” – But it Should Be, by George Salzman

19 October 2006, Oaxaca: Eight Dead, Eight: The Blood Flows from the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), by Luis Hernández Navarro

20 October 2006, Nine Dead: Indigenous Teacher Assassinated in Oaxaca City: The APPO Declares Maximum Alert After Reports of PRI Members Preparing Attack, by Enrique Mendez and Octavio Velez

22 October 2006, The Atenco, Oaxaca and Zapatista Rebels Unite in Public for the First Time: At the Scene of the Atenco Massacre of May 3–4, the Mexican Left Shows its Willingness to Forge Alliances and Defy the State, by Greg Berger

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