ACTION AT MEXICAN CONSULATE THIS MORNING SHOWS NYC SOLIDARITY WITH PEOPLE OF OAXACA, PROTESTS KILLING OF NEW YORK JOURNALIST

For Immediate Release
October 30, 2006 Contact:
Beka Economopoulos, (917) 202-5479
Brandon Jourdan, (646) 342-8169
Eric Laursen, (917) 806-6452

NEW YORK – Hundreds of New York activists are rallying this morning at the Mexican Consulate in solidarity with the people of Oaxaca. Brad Will, a New York-based journalist/camerman and beloved member of the city’s activist community, was murdered on Friday by paramilitaries affiliated with the deposed governor of Oaxaca. Yesterday, Mexican Army troops and police invaded the city, destroying portions of it, bulldozing barricades, and killing one person.

Today’s action in New York is to support the people’s efforts to create a new, self-governing direct democracy in Oaxaca. New York Friends of Brad Will demand that the Mexican government withdraw its troops, abandon attempts to restore ex-governor Ruiz, recognize the new self-governing People’s Popular Assembly of Oaxaca, and hold accountable the killers of Brad and other civilians.

One group of activists blockaded the entrance to the Consulate, citing appeals from some in Oaxaca for American supporters to show solidarity by shutting down operations of the Mexican government on this side of the border. Other activists are protesting with their voices and their presence in front of the Consulate, bringing with them hundreds of colorful “flowers” symbolizing the beauty and vibrancy of the indigenous people of Oaxaca’s movement to take control of their land and their lives.

“Today’s action is what Brad would have wanted,” says Beka Economopoulos, a New York City activist. “It puts our grief into action supporting the people and the movement he went to Oaxaca to document and help defend.” Further actions are planned for later in the week.

Brad’s final footage can be seen at http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2006/10/77896.html. For latest news about the situation in Oaxaca, please visit the NYC Indymedia Center at: http://nyc.indymedia.org.

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