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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.....

.....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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  -Oaxaca Resistance Crushed! Radio APPO stops transmitting Wiley50  Nov-30-06 12:06 PM   #0 
  - .  Wiley50   Nov-30-06 12:29 PM   #1 
  - The resistance will live on!  mom cat   Nov-30-06 12:29 PM   #2 
  - Thanks MC! I've added some graphics now n/t  Wiley50   Nov-30-06 12:36 PM   #3 
  - The Arrest of Gerardo Bonilla: Acclaimed Muralist Among Oaxaca's Disappeared  Judi Lynn   Nov-30-06 12:39 PM   #4 
  - Nice Find! Thanks n/t  Wiley50   Nov-30-06 12:52 PM   #6 
  - Buena suerte, Calderon. You're going to need it. n/t  sfexpat2000   Nov-30-06 02:12 PM   #9 
  - will the corruption ever cease?  judaspriestess   Nov-30-06 12:39 PM   #5 
  - Tommorrow I think the whole country will explode  Wiley50   Nov-30-06 02:06 PM   #7 
     - my thoughts too...  druidity33   Nov-30-06 02:24 PM   #11 
     - That is my hope...  countryjake   Nov-30-06 02:58 PM   #13 
  - K&R now, have to read later.  sfexpat2000   Nov-30-06 02:11 PM   #8 
  - Thank you for this news! Been looking everywhere for any update.  countryjake   Nov-30-06 02:23 PM   #10 
  - damn  rman   Nov-30-06 02:34 PM   #12 
  - Human Rights Abuse Targets Human Rights Advocates  Wiley50   Nov-30-06 02:59 PM   #14 
  - thank you for updates  DemReadingDU   Nov-30-06 03:44 PM   #15 
  - Truly horrifying. Thank you for keeping us informed.  emlev   Nov-30-06 04:00 PM   #16 
  - THE MODS CROPPED THIS AS CPOYRIGHTED. IT WAS NOT!  Wiley50   Nov-30-06 04:14 PM   #18 
  - Poor people have always had to fight against a stacked system.  Selatius   Nov-30-06 04:09 PM   #17 
  - THIS IS PART MODS EDITED OUT Mistaking it for copyright material  Wiley50   Nov-30-06 04:58 PM   #19 
  - This should be spread far and wide! They need our support, now more than ever!  countryjake   Nov-30-06 05:31 PM   #22 
  - K&R. Thank you, Wiley50.  Vidar   Nov-30-06 05:23 PM   #20 
  - Rights activist held in Oaxaca prison, alleges false arrest  Judi Lynn   Nov-30-06 05:31 PM   #21 
  - One more kick!  countryjake   Nov-30-06 05:52 PM   #23 
  - Kick  sfexpat2000   Nov-30-06 08:12 PM   #24 
  - Thanks To Everyone  Wiley50   Nov-30-06 10:47 PM   #25 
  - .  Wiley50   Nov-30-06 11:51 PM   #26 
  - More here, including photos  emlev   Dec-01-06 03:03 AM   #27 
  - Waiting ;to see what happens today.  lonestarnot   Dec-01-06 07:53 AM   #28 
  - CALDERON HAS TO BE SWORN IN IN FORTIFIED MEXICAN  sfexpat2000   Dec-01-06 10:20 AM   #29 
  - K & R n/t  Jcrowley   Dec-01-06 10:31 AM   #30 
  - thanks for the update  corkhead   Dec-01-06 12:11 PM   #31 

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