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By Gabriela Gorbea*&output-quality=75After years of proposals, protests, popular resistance, and a constitutional reform law passed under President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico this week finally opened up its nationalized oil industry to private money.

But once the auctioning for new exploration began on Wednesday, it turned out to be a flop.

Mexico successfully auctioned off only two out of 14 oil exploration fields it put on the block, as most industry heavyweights stayed away and some potential bidders apparently didn't want meet the government's minimum prices.

Call it another embarrassment for a country still reeling from the unprecedented second jail escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and a reminder of the problems that Mexico's oil industry still faces going forward. led by artist Francisco Toledo temporarily interrupted construction of a massive convention center project within the Cerro del Fortín nature reserve in Oaxaca City.

The Oaxaca state government was forced to halt construction on a parking garage in the Cerro del Fortín, a protected nature reserve, after activists won a second injunction from a judge on Wednesday, June 10. The parking lot, planned as part of a convention center complex, has faced opposition from residents as well as the activists. “We are not against the construction of a convention center,” said renowned artist Francisco Toledo. “But such projects should be well-planned and should require the consensus of the people.”

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CG5KKQDUcAACtZx56 NGOs Appeal to the International Community from Oaxaca


Mexico is facing an unprecedented political crisis. The violence that has taken place during the current electoral process—21 political assassinations during the campaign season—far surpasses that of previous national elections and it is the outcome of impunity, corruption, violence, and collusion with organized crime perpetrated by both political parties and the government at all three levels.

The mobilizations that are taking place in Mexico are the result of a profound institutional and political crisis, arising from the series of reforms—labor, fiscal, electoral, energy, and educational—passed without the consensus of the population and pushed by the government of Enrique Peña Nieto to benefit national and transnational businesses, not the majority of the population.

The large presence of police and military in Oaxaca since the afternoon of June 5th—with the arrival of thousands of federal police officers, members of the gendarmerie, soldiers, and marines—to “safeguard” the federal midterm elections on June 7th and to recover the offices of the National Electoral Institute (INE by its initials in Spanish) that were occupied by the teachers’ union, do not contribute to generate a climate of trust and freedom needed for such a democratic exercise. The militarization of a social conflict shows an alarming return to authoritarianism.

Photo Credit: CNN MexicoOn June 7, midterm elections will be held in Mexico with voting to determine all 500 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, as well as nine governorships, 17 state legislatures and roughly 300 mayors. In the weeks and months prior to the elections however, the legitimacy of the electoral system have been challenged by voices across the political spectrum, including threats from a major teachers’ union to burn ballots and blockade roads to prevent access to ballot stations as well as a call for an electoral boycott by parents of 43 students who were disappeared last September in Iguala, Guerrero.

Community Police Commander Nestora SalgadoNestora Salgado García, a Mexican-American woman and former coordinator of a community police force in the indigenous community of Olinalá, Guerrero, has been locked up in a federal maximum security prison in Tepic, Nayarit since August 2013 after being falsely accused of kidnapping and involvement in organized crime. The pretext for these accusations was that she arrested teenagers for drug dealing and the local sheriff Armando Patrón Jiménez for tampering with evidence at a crime scene. Salgado’s arrest happened soon after she issued a press release denouncing Olinalá’s mayor and other government officials for their involvement in drug trafficking. In March 2014, federal judge Arroyo Alcántara dismissed the accusations and ordered her liberation, having determined that her actions were legal considering the powers given to the Community Police by Guerrero state law. In spite of this ruling, she is still being kept in the high security prison in solitary confinement without proper medical attention and few opportunities to talk to her lawyer and family.

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