[News] The APPO Lives - Communiqué from Somewhere in the State of Oaxaca

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The APPO Lives


Communiqué from Somewhere in the State of Oaxaca, 
from the State Council of the Popular Peoples’ Assembly of Oaxaca

The Other Oaxaca

December 3, 2006


 From somewhere in the state of Oaxaca, as the 
State Council of the Popular Peoples’ Assembly of Oaxaca,


FIRST: The APPO is more alive than ever in the 
hearts of the workers, indigenous people, 
campesinos, housewives, students, youth, 
children, and all the exploited and oppressed in 
Oaxaca and Mexico. The State Terror that has been 
unleashed on the people of Oaxaca and the 
international community with increased brutality 
since November 25 has not weakened our desire to be free men and women.

Nor has it made us change our minds about whether 
our struggle should continue to be a political, 
peaceful and mass movement, despite the fact that 
17 people have been killed during this stage of 
the struggle, dozens of people have disappeared 
and hundreds are political prisoners; we consider 
this toll to consist of crimes against humanity.

SECOND: The APPO continues to act permanently; 
although we are not visible at sentries or heard 
over the radio 24 hours a day, we still live and 
communicate with the same indomitable spirit 
which we have inherited as exploited people. We 
are fighting and will continue to fight intensely 
for the fall of the tyrant and his dictatorship, the dictatorship of capital.

This new stage of struggle that we have named the 
“Stage of Peace with Justice, Democracy and 
Liberty without Ulises Ruiz Ortiz” is, at the 
same time, a novel exercise to continue the 
struggle that the APPO is learning to build with 
patience, perseverance and wisdom.

Our original peoples taught us this on November 
28 and 29 at the Forum of Indigenous Peoples of 
Oaxaca, when they told us that the “path must be 
taken slowly,” which is what we are doing now, 
without losing sight of the common objective, 
which is the profound transformation of living, 
working, academic and recreational conditions for 
our people. As the faithful puppet of the wealthy 
and the drug traffickers who he defends and 
represents, URO (Ulises Ruiz) stood in the way of 
this path. As representatives of a people who 
decided to embark on the route to their own 
emancipation, we will remove him from this path that belongs to us.

THIRD: The Council is calling all people of 
Oaxaca from now until December 10 to organize and 
carry out mobilizations and protest actions to 
spread the “Stage of Peace
”, the call for the 
release of political prisoners, the return of the 
disappeared, the cancellation of orders of 
apprehension, an end to illegal arrests, an end 
to gag orders, the withdrawal of the Federal 
Preventive Police (PFP), and what brought us all 
together: the departure of the murderer Ulises 
Ruiz from Oaxaca. We call for this to happen in 
all regions of the state through our regional, 
municipal and sectorial Popular Assemblies. We do 
so because on December 10 we will hold a “Grand 
Concentration,” meeting at 10am at the monument 
to Juárez, located at the Crucero de Viguera in 
Oaxaca City, to express our condemnation of and 
opposition to the baton and rifle policy to which 
this group of murderers and thieves who call 
themselves the government in Oaxaca want to subject us.


December 2, 2006

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