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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:39 PM
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4. The Arrest of Gerardo Bonilla: Acclaimed Muralist Among Oaxaca's Disappeared
November 30, 2006

The Arrest of Gerardo Bonilla
Acclaimed Muralist Among Oaxaca's Disappeared
By CounterPunch News Service

The impact of Oaxaca, Mexico's struggle is hitting home. Gerardo Bonilla, painter and friend of many in the Austin artistic, activist, and student communities, was one of 149 arrested this past Saturday in a federal police sweep of Oaxaca city that is increasingly targeting the impoverished southern state's artists and writers.....
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.....Last Monday the tension in Oaxaca increased when the Federal police (PFP) announced a "zero tolerance" policy against APPO members and their sympathizers.

Now police are searching and ransacking houses and buildings searching for activists. On Saturday November 25th Bonilla was standing in la Plaza de la Bastida where he often sells his paintings. Like many others on this day he was randomly swept up as the police came through the area arresting >everyone in sight. He has been flown to a maximum security prison outside the state of Oaxaca in Tamaulipas where he is being held with out due process or outside access. This event typifies the strategy that is currently taking place in Oaxaca. Since last Saturday there have been at least three confirmed deaths, more than 100 injured people, and 221 arrests - including 41 women.

This Thursday, November 30, many Austinites, including Bonilla's many friends here, will demand freedom for Bonilla as well as the hundreds of detained and disappeared. This is the fourth in a series of consulate protests against Mexican state violence; the first protest followed the May attacks on flower vendors in Atenco, near Mexico city. On Friday December 1 the new Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, will be sworn in, despite widespread political instability.
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http://www.counterpunch.org/cp11302006.html



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