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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 03:04 AM
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30. Houston Chronicle:Fox issues ultimatum to Oaxaca protesters
Oct. 29, 2006, 1:37AM
Fox issues ultimatum to Oaxaca protesters
Already bloody standoff reaches a boiling point as feds step in

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

OAXACA, MEXICO The endgame approached Saturday to the five-month standoff that has seized the picturesque capital of Mexico's southern Oaxaca state.

With thousands of federal police and hundreds of army troops flown in in preparations for retaking the city center, President Vicente Fox's government issued an ultimatum to protesters to immediately abandon the barricades they've constructed.

The protesters striking school teachers and activists from an array of mostly leftist social organizations vowed to stand firm.

"We're not going to use firearms, but we're going to resist as best we can," said Florentino Lopez, serving as spokesman for the protesters' umbrella organization, which is known by its initials, APPO.

"We will not hand this city over to the federal government. They have killed our brothers. They aren't welcomed on our land."

The bloodshed prompted U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza to reissue a warning telling U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Oaxaca.

"Mr. Will's senseless death, of course, underscores the critical need for a return to lawfulness and order in Oaxaca," Garza said in a statement. "The fact that Mr. Will was a journalist attempting to report on the violence in Oaxaca so that the general public could be more aware of the situation there makes his death all the more lamentable."
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