The borderlands Hacklab [http://sdhacklab.org], Electronic Disturbance Theater [http://www.thing.net/~rdom/ecd/ecd.html] and Rising Tide NorthAmerica call for a virtual sit-in against the websites of the G8+5 and the Mexican government during the G8+5 meetings on October 3-4th, 2006 in Mexico.
While the Mexican government tries to play host to the G8+5 Gleneagles Dialogue
on Climate Change, it is mounting a massive violent attack on the
people of Oaxaca. Apparently the Mexican government thinks it can
cleanse the country of its growing pro-democracy rebellion while laying
out a red carpet to world politicians including the G8 Energy
Ministers. The neoliberal project of corporate globalization and
fossil-fuel-based "energy security" that causes global warming is built
on massive violence, from armies to riot police to militarized borders,
to turn the global south into its sweatshop and repress the uprisings
for justice, democracy, and sustainable livelihood of the people in
Mexico and other countries.
neoliberal model of industrial "development" sees the remaining
indigenous and "undeveloped" lands of the Earth as territories for
capitalist exploitation of natural resources and human labor, the
schoolteachers leading Oaxaca's popular pro-democracy strike have a
different vision. By taking direct action to shut down the tyrannical
rule of their state governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, the people of Oaxaca
are teaching that another world is possible.
October 1, 2006, a headline in the Mexico City daily Milenio
proclaimed, "Preparations for war in Oaxaca," while Mexico City's El
Universal newspaper reported that helicopters, planes and 15 troop
trucks had assembled in Huatulco, a Pacific tourist getaway and
military hub a short flight — but a long and difficult drive
— from Oaxaca city.
According to the independent news website Narconews.com, which has been
covering the Other Campaign of the Zapatistas, on Sunday, October1, 2006:
Mexican Navy carried out a reconnaissance operation over the buildings
and public spaces occupied by the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of
Oaxaca (APPO in its Spanish initials). Two MI-17 helicopters and one
CASA C212 Navy airplane with registration number AMP-118 flew over the
streets of the city – where opponents of Governor Ulises Ruiz
Ortiz have maintained several encampments over the past 130 days
– for about 40 minutes."
zocalo, or central city square, the Oro and La Ley radio stations, the
state government building, the Brenamiel and El Rosario radio antennas,
as well as the Department of Finance building – all places where
the rebels have installed protest camps – were reconnoitered by
low-level flights of military aircraft. As they passed over the Radio
Oro facilities, the two helicopters were fruitlessly "attacked" with
fireworks that teachers of the National Education Workers' Union local
Section 22 launched from Conzatti Garden. The airplane then made four
more passes over the areas around the zocalo and returned to the
airport, where five other military aircraft were stationed. At 5:30
that afternoon, the naval surveillance plane and two AMHT-202 and
AMHT-205 helicopters landed on a city airstrip and let out 18 soldiers
in black-and-grey camouflage, bulletproof vests, helmets and firearms."
Celaya Luría, state secretary of Citizen Protection, confirmed
that the objective of the military flights was to "reconnoiter" the
scene of the conflict, but claimed not to know if this was the prelude
to an eventual federal operation to remove the protesters. The state
official limited himself to saying: "We were informed that a flight
would occur over the areas where the dissidents are present. We believe
this is to obtain field information on the situation."
from the occupied radio stations, the rebels again declared a maximum
alert in the face of what they imagine could be the beginning of a
removal/eviction operation against the popular and teachers' movement."
of the Oaxaca's 3.2 million people, most of whom are indigenous, live
in poverty, and 21.5 percent of those over 15 are illiterate, while the
average number of years of schooling is 5.6 years -- almost two less
than Mexico's national average. Many students in Oaxaca's rural schools
lack books and desks. In May, tens of thousands of teachers seized the
capital's leafy central plaza to demand wage increases and improved
school conditions. The following month, Governor Ulises Ruiz sent
police to attempt to retake the heart of the city. Since then, radical
social movements of workers, peasants, students, women and others have
joined the striking teachers, building street barricades and taking
over radio and television stations. They demand that Ruiz resign,
alleging that he rigged the 2004 election and uses paramilitary gangs
to attack dissidents. A total of five "megamarches" were organized with
the largest reaching the astonishing number of around 300,000 people,
or one out of ten people who live in the state.
protests, as many as six people have been killed in violent incidents
which apparently involved irregular armed groups linked to the Ruiz
administration and the police, according to human rights organisations.
A number of demonstrators have also been arrested and injured, and
further assaults perpetrated against them by organized, unidentified
gangs of thugs have been reported.
example of neoliberal "development" in Mexico with major implications
for Oaxaca is Plan Puebla Panama (PPP), a transnational
"mega-infrastructure" project that would transform the region's
geography and economy if implemented. While claiming that one of its
main goals is to improve the conditions for the people of the region,
PPP is stealing land from indigenous people for infrastructure projects
to move resources more quickly into the hands of multinational
corporations and commodifying their culture for the tourist industry.
One of the projects affecting Oaxaca is the creation of a super highway
at Mexico's skinniest point, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in order to
move resources more readily across the land from the Atlantic to the
Pacific. This transportation corridor will be surrounded with
sweatshops, maquiladoras, operating without labor and environmental
protections. For all of these objectives, neoliberal control over the
government of Oaxaca is key to the realization of the PPP project.
an ugly history of military repression that coincides with major world
gatherings occurring inside the country. 38 years ago today, October
2nd, the Mexican military massacred hundreds of student protesters at
Tlatelolco, just days before the 1968 Olympic Games began in Mexico
City. If military violence against the pro-democracy protesters of
Oaxaca occurs before, during or after the G8 meeting in Mexico, the G8
leaders as well as the Mexican military must be held accountable for
the injuries and death. To prevent this, we demand that the G8
officials who are meeting this week in Mexico must publicly speak out
to condemn the possibility of another Mexican massacre at Oaxaca.
that the G8 end its support of destructive "carbon trading." The G8 is
composed of the leaders of the richest 8 countries in the world, who
are responsible for the policies of war, criminalization of
cross-border human migration, and massive environmental destruction.
While they claim to be meeting to solve the climate change crisis, they
are in fact discussing carbon trading agreements that will allow
corporations to profit while exporting their pollution to the global
south. Carbon trading threatens to turn countries like Brazil into a
"carbon sink" for the global north while ignoring the underlying
capitalist ideology of endless growth and boundless consumption that is
creating massive climate change.
stop the G8 by slowing the propaganda systems that the G8+5 and
the Mexican Government will be using during the meetings and the
attacks to spread disinformation about their actions. As in our
previous actions, people from all around the world will make their
virtual presence manifest on the doorstep of the G8+5 and the Mexican
More news and updates about the unfolding situation in Oaxaca at
More information on resistance to the G8+5 meeting in Mexico City at
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