Vicente Fox disrupted in NYC by questions about Oaxaca and Brad Will

A book signing at Barnes and Noble turned tense when audience members asked about Brad Will…

By Friend of Brad Will

fox-nyc_10-9-07.jpg October 10th, 2007: Former Mexican President Vicente Fox faced a skeptical, if not hostile crowd on October 9th during what was supposed to be a tame and uneventful book signing event at Barnes and Noble in New York City’s Union Square park neighborhood. In town to shill for his new tome, “Revolution of Hope”, Fox has lept upon the Bush bashing parade full bore, joining the ranks of Alan Greenspan and others who were in positions of power to speak out loudly against world wrecking policies, but chose to wait until out of office and on the writing circuit to cash in on the now almost universal disdain for America’s leader. Such is the courage of this ill begotten ilk.

Vicente Fox sounded like a stilted Mitt Romney, and of the same tall height, or some such christo-fascist with his wanting to “thank god, publicly” numerous times. Fox further enlightened the unimpressed crowd of over 150 with snippets like, “Information is important,” and that the first Spaniards on these continents “came through Ellis Island” while calling the Barnes and Noble mega chain bookstore a “library”, more than once.

Fox did not actually read from his book, completed with the support of a ghost writer. Fox was spoon fed questions written by audience members and placed in a fishbowl, at the heavily policed event. Fox is regularly confronted with dozens of demonstrators, whether in the States, or in Mexico, and the same was expected in New York. Most recently, he faces corruption charges and allegations of illicit gain, bolstered by tabloid photo spreads of his grandiose and recently renovated then did he send federal troops to tear gas and shoot and arrest hundreds of people, and why did he not launch a federal investigation and handling of the inquiry into the murder of Brad Will. Security swarmed the audience members who were in three different sections of the seating area while all the cameras and photographers turned to the activists and audience members piqued by so paltry and pathetic a performance by Fox. Most of the questioners left, while one was grabbed and carried down the stairs and pushed through the front door, breaking a window. Meanwhile, the first on many media interviews highlighting the situation in Oaxaca and Brad Will occurred just feet from where Fox was still trying to sign some of his pawning books, before security and police could muster another push out the door. Hundreds of fliers were distributed in the event and in the store and outside featuring friendsofbradwill.org and bradwill.org.

This month will mark an entire year since Brad was killed and the Oaxacan uprising was violently, if temporarily suppressed.

Check the websites and do what you can, from NYC, to DC, to Cincinnati to Oaxaca and beyond.

1 Comment to “Vicente Fox disrupted in NYC by questions about Oaxaca and Brad Will”

  1. By eldiariony.com, 10/16/2007 @ 10:57 am

    Reclaman a Fox por muerte de periodista
    LOCALES – 10/11/2007
    Judith Torrea/edlp

    NUEVA YORK — La muerte del periodista estadounidense Brad Will en Oaxaca persiguió al ex presidente de México Vicente Fox en la presentación de su libro “Revolución de Esperanza” el martes en la noche en una librería céntrica de Manhattan.

    Aunque el ex presidente prefirió centrar su discurso en los logros democráticos de México, atreviéndose incluso a hablar de la formación de la Unión Europea, de temas personales como su amor por Dios e incluso de su admiración por el santo católico español San Ignacio de Loyola -al que el ex mandatario se refirió coloquialmente como “Iñaki de Loyola”-, la muerte sin esclarecer del periodista estadounidense se convirtió en la protagonista del evento.

    En el turno de los preguntas -que estuvieron monitoreadas previamente por la librería que acogía el evento- en donde se le eligieron preguntas como en dónde había aprendido inglés, uno de los asistentes interrumpió el evento preguntando por la muerte del periodista y el envió del ejército federal a las manifestaciones de los profesores de Oaxaca que durante dos décadas habían luchado por un aumento salarial, y recientemente en contra del gobernador Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, al que consideraban que había sido elegido en un proceso electoral fraudulento.

    El ex presidente contestó que “no hay absolutamente ninguna prueba de que cualquier agente de la policía federal efectuara ningún disparo ni golpeara a nadie” durante los disturbios en Oaxaca, que ocurrieron mientras Fox era presidente.

    Sin embargo, los amigos de Brad Will, que murió asesinado el 27 de octubre del 2006, le dijeron que era un “mentiroso”, tras lo que fueron despedidos agresivamente del evento por miembros del servicio de seguridad mientras repartían información exigiendo al Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos y el Congreso que luchen por esclarecer su muerte y presionen al gobierno de México para realizar una investigación.

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