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Today, seven years have passed since in April 2010 a humanitarian and human rights caravan that was carrying food and medicine to the inhabitants of the indigenous triqui community of San Juan Copola was attacked by paramilitary forces. The triqui region of Oaxaca has long since been immersed in violence and disruption due to political tensions between governing administrations. The shootings killed the participating mexican activist Bety Cariño (37) and Jyri Jaakkola (33), finish human rights observer, and wounded several more observers. Although 13 perpetrators are fully identified, only 5 are in jail.
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A coalition of indigenous Mexican communities (CNI) has announced the creation of its own government in coordination with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). Dubbed the Indigenous Governing Council (CGI), this government will aim to promote autonomy for indigenous Mexicans.
“This council proposes to govern this country,” the EZLN said in a communique.
One representative said “Indignation, resistance and rebellion will feature on the 2018 electoral ballots,” in the EZLN’s de facto capital of Oventic, according to the Mexican magazine El Proceso.
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Oaxacan communities, social and civil organizations and independent academics united in the Oaxaca State Organization for Defense of Native Maize wrote this letter to show their support of the Sioux Tribe of Standing Rock in fight against the Dakota access pipeline:
AN OPEN LETTER OF SOLIDARITY AMONG INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
It is our right to conserve the territories, the cultures and the spirituality which have nourished the lives of the original peoples of the world.
In the face of the violent events taking place since September, 2016, in the territories of the Sioux Nation at Standing Rock, North Dakota, against the Hunkpapa Lakota Nation and other native peoples whose ancestors have long inhabited the banks and adjacent areas of the Missouri River in the United States of America, we, the undersigned, representatives of indigenous and campesino communities, non-governmental organizations, and independent academics of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, manifest our opposition to the systematic violation of indigenous human rights by the violent imposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which affects the territory, water, and culture of the Sioux Tribe at Standing Rock.
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Ten years ago today, Indymedia reporter Brad Will was killed while filming teacher protests in Oaxaca, Mexico. His case remains unsolved, despite calls for an investigation by members of Congress, and even a temporary delay in U.S. aid.
Bradley Roland Will (June 14, 1970 – October 27, 2006) was an American activist, videographer and journalist. He was affiliated with Indymedia. On October 27, 2006 during a labor dispute in the Mexican city of Oaxaca, Will was shot twice, possibly by government-aligned paramilitaries, resulting in his death.
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September 26 marks the second anniversary of the night student teachers were attacked by police in the city of Iguala, Guerrero. Three students and three bystanders were killed in the attacks and 43 students were disappeared. The case sparked months of angry demonstrations in Mexico that seriously damaged President Enrique Peña Nieto's image both at home and abroad.
“This is one of the worst cases of human rights violations seen in Mexico’s recent history. Two years later, the Mexican government has done very little to help these wounds heal. It is shocking that, despite dedicating significant resources, the Mexican government has not found the students, and that its own officials have obstructed the investigation,” said Maureen Meyer, Senior Associate for Mexico at WOLA.