After the recent resurgence of the mass
movement in Oaxaca
the authorities have responded by launching a wave of brutal repression. Many
activists have been arrested. Among these is a comrade of the Militante Marxist
Tendency and APPO activist. Workers and youth in all countries should protest strongly!
For the attention of:
Felipe Calderón Hinojosa,
Illegitimate President of México,
Fax: (55) 52772376
Tel: (55) 27891100
Francisco Ramírez Acuña
Secretario de gobernación
Fax: (55) 5093 3414
Tel: (55) 5093 3400
Ulises Ruiz Ortiz
Gobernador de Oaxaca
Fax: (951) 5020530,
Tel.: (951) 502 05 30; 502 05 31;
502 05 32; 502 05 33; 502 05 34
Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos.
Tel: (55) 56310040
Fax: (55) 56818490
(send copies of all messages to
To the working people of Oaxaca and
the whole of Mexico:
The undersigned declare the following:
1) It is clear that both the federal authorities of Mexico and the local authorities in Oaxaca know no other
method of dealing with the legitimate demands of the working people than brutal
repression of any expression of social unrest and imprisonment, torture and
even assassination of fighters for social justice.
2) This baleful policy of Calderón and Ulises Ruiz became once again
evident in the brutal intervention of the police to put down in blood the
peaceful demonstration organised on July 16 by the APPO and the Oaxacan
teachers, an action which led to arrests, torture and the imprisonment of
dozens of demonstrators.
3) Not satisfied with this result, immediately after repressing the
mobilisation, Calderón and Ulises Ruiz launched a witch-hunt, raiding people’s
homes and arresting more militants, having them tortured and imprisoned on
trumped up charges that are clearly false and outlandish.
4) This witch-hunt led, among others, to the arrest of comrade Adán
Mejía López, a member of the Militante Marxist Tendency. The comrade was
arrested at 8.20pm on July 17 as he was travelling through the centre of Oaxaca.
5) Comrade Adán Mejía López, who is being held in the Unidades Mixtas
de Atención al Narcomenudeo, UMAN
(Mixed Units for Drug Dealing), is a distinguished and principled militant who
has struggled for the best causes of the working class and the other oppressed
layers of society in Oaxaca and Mexico. This is the real reason – there being
no other – for his arrest.
6) Both Calderón and Ulises Ruiz are very mistaken if they think that
with all these repressive measures they are going to break the fighting spirit
of the Oaxacan and Mexican working people. With these actions all that these
two degenerate rulers will achieve is to spread the flame of revolution in Oaxaca and throughout Mexico.
7) Let it be clear to Messrs Calderón and Ulises Ruiz: the hatred of
the masses towards you is growing all the time and this social discontent will
lead to your downfall and you will be thrown into the dustbin of history, the
place where you rightly belong.
8) We consider an attack against one Mexican worker as an attack on the
whole Mexican and world working class and we will act accordingly, developing
all kinds of solidarity actions until comrade Adán Mejía López, together with
all the other political prisoners, are released.
9) We call on all the trade unions, the PRD, the APPO, the National
Strike Committee CNH, the National Democratic Convention and the EZLN, together
with all the other workers’, peasants’ and indigenous organisations of the
country, to form a United Front against repression and for freedom for all the
10) At the same time, we call on all the organisations in struggle to
organise and prepare a general strike, as this is the best way of stopping the
wave of repression being carried out by the Calderón government and by Ulises
11) The workers, peasants and indigenous people of Oaxaca
must strengthen their organisations and unity, promoting actions to bring down
Calderón and all his accomplices in the PAN and the PRI, including Ulises Ruiz,
so as to put an end once and for all to their anti-working class and
On the basis of all the above, we demand:
a) Immediate and
unconditional release of comrade Adán Mejía López together with all the other
political prisoners in Oaxaca and Mexico.
b) Immediate end to
house arrests and to the persecution, arrest, torture and imprisonment of
militants in Oaxaca and Mexico.
c) No restrictions
of freedoms and political rights of the working people of Oaxaca
and the whole of Mexico
We put all responsibility
for the physical, psychological and moral integrity of comrade Adán Mejía López
on the shoulders of Felipe Calderón and Ulises Ruiz. If the comrade suffers any
kind of harm, both the illegitimate President and the pernicious governor of Oaxaca will be held
Freedom for all political
General strike against repression!
Long live APPO!
Long live the struggle of the Mexican working class!
For the unity of the workers’, peasants’ and indigenous movement to overthrow Calderón and Ulises Ruiz!
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