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Arrests Fail to Deter Protest-Vigil for Oaxaca at Mexican Consulate

Brad Will PresentelOct. 31: Seventy-five people gathered in front of Chicago's Mexican Consulate on Monday to protest the latest state repression and violence being carried out against the people of 0axaca. The protest was followed by a memorial sidewalk vigil for those murdered by police and pro-government paramilitaries -including New York City IMC journalist Brad Will. The actions were collaboratively organized by Chicago Otra, Chicago Indymedia, and Brad's many grieving friends in the Chicago area.

Video: Infamia en Oaxaca [ 1 | 2 ] - Brad's final footage.

Chicago cops arrested two people at the onset of the 3:00 PM action. Chicago IMC journalist Christine Geovanis was arrested after attempting to tape a photo of Brad Will to the exterior front wall of the consulate. A second activist was arrested after objecting to her arrest. Both were charged with disorderly conduct and spent 11 hours in lock-up.

Protesters refused to back off after the arrests, and Chicago Otra led a delegation (and a Indymedia videographer) into the consulate to demand the removal of occupying federal forces from Oaxaca and justice for those killed by police and PRI gunmen loyal to the corrupt state government of Ulises Ruiz. Not surprisingly, consular officials remained noncommittal. Chicago Otra immediately announced a series of actions and events in the coming days to raise local public awareness about the dramatic escalation of government attacks against striking teachers and APPO — the embattled grassroots popular movement of Oaxaca - Read More | Photos: [ 1 | Photos and Story of Chicago's Demonstration at Mexican Consulate ] Video: Chicago Stands with Oaxaca - Labor Beat | E-Actions: Sign a Letter in Support of the People of Oaxaca | Electronic Blockade of Mexican Embassy and Consulate Websites

Updates from Oaxaca: Massive March in Oaxaca | Photos: Photos from Día de los Muertos in Oaxaca | The Battle of Ciudad Universitaria | Breaking: The APPO Repels the PFP from The Benito Juarez University in Oaxaca | Oaxaca Update: War Escalates and Brad Will's Killers | Life during wartime.. Oaxaca City under siege. | Photos: The Battle in Oaxaca | Video: The Battle of Radio Universidad / " Batalla por Radio Universidad" | Videos: Multimedia de la rebelión popular en Oaxaca .


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