[noborders-brum] Indymedia Oaxaca Info-night comes to Birmingham: May 16th

phunkee phunkee at riseup.net
Tue May 8 17:46:31 UTC 2007

*_Indymedia Oaxaca Info-night comes to Birmingham_*

An IndyOaxaca compañero who is indigenous to the mixe territory of 
Oaxaca and an avid community radio, video and print and independent 
media activist with Indymedia Oaxaca is coming to talk and show films in 
Birmingham on *Wednesday 16th May @ Rooty Frooty at Digbeth's Custard 
Factory from 7pm - 9pm.
2006 was a tumultuous year in Mexico and there is still no end in sight. 
Above stands a highly contested presidential election and from below 
there is a Zapatista campaign to focus the grassroots, anti-capitalist 
Left all over the country.
The annual teachers strike in the south-eastern Mexican city of Oaxaca 
and the subsequent movement protests became the largest popular 
rebellion in over a decade. Then, hundreds of illegal detentions, 
disappearances and injuries, and at least eighteen documented deaths 

Read more about the Oaxaca Uprising pages on Indymedia UK:


In Oaxaca, a broad-based movement to unseat an unpopular and corrupt 
governor turned into a grassroots uprising for direct democracy. For 
months, hundreds of residents in the half million people City and 
surrounding area took part in and maintained more than 1,000 street 
barricades, protest camps, occupations of government buildings as well 
as the literal takeover of mainstream media outlets. Mexico's federal 
government later sent in thousands of militarized police to crack down 
on the popular uprising and prop up the regime of the status quo. Taking 
part in all of these events is a lively independent media movement . . .

We will screen short films and hear straight from the horse's mouth the 
reasons behind last year's events in Oaxaca, bad governments, land 
struggles, exploitation, migration, the destruction of the environment, 
the continuing annihilation of indigenous cultures, ways of life and in 
mexico, their eternal refusal to conveniently make way to projects like 
the Plan Puebla Panama and disappear for the benefit of the rich and for 
“the North”. We will look at what this means, to be indigenous, to be 
autonomous, to be rebellious, to organize and resist.

Resist dams, roads and agribusiness, biodiesel plantations or corporate 
T.V. We will update on the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) 
campaign of continuing resistance, and look into European and UK 
involvement in the area, dissect it and draw parallels with local plans 
and struggles, community organisation and independent media. We expect 
people's involvement and hopefully we'll get to look inside our own 
reality, actions and beyond...


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