APPO Statement from Oaxaca

COMMUNIQUÉ FROM THE POPOULAR ASSEMBLY OF THE PEOPLE OF OAXACA

In these moments, the Federal Police (PFP) are trying to enter Ciudad Universitaria (the university facilities in Oaxaca), they have launched tear gas inside and some elements have entered the premesis. Before these facts which violate any judicial orders including University Autonomy, which the Autonomous University Benito Juárez, in Oaxaca, won after a great student struggle, and which cost the lives of many of their best students.

The Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca makes the energetic call for the absolute defense of Ciudad Universitaria. We cannot permit that these university students be assaulted by the forces of occupation that the despots of the PFP have become.

We call the people of Oaxaca to the absolute defense of Ciudad Universitaria, en past days we have called for the peaceful withdrawal from the points where the APPO were established, and we did that to demonstrate the APPO’s disposition towards dialogue in this conflict, despite the fact that the government of Fox and Calderón, evidenced by the invasion of federal troops, was not. We showed ourselves to be prudent, willing to dialogue, the invading forces were not assaulted, and we only called for peaceful resistance; all of our actions were carried our in an orderly and peaceful manner, we ordered withdrawal so as not to fall into provocations, we called for people not to fall into confrontations with the PFP despite their aggressions. But as imperialist lackeys, you, Fox and Calderón, confuse prudence with weakness, peacefulness with cowardice, and thinking that the people of Oaxaca are a cowardly people, you are trying to put an end to them.

We give, then, the instructions to all the people of Oaxaca to advance in an organized and determined manner towards Radio Universidad, and to defend at all costs Ciudad Universitaria, and the University Autonomy that is being trampled upon.

The people of Oaxaca are a valiant people, and this we have demonstrated in these 5 months, we have demonstrated it throughout history, we defeated the French Army during that occupation, despite our technological disadvantages, and even then some stateless people collaborated with them, and history has judged them; the same people that in those times collaborated and applauded the intervention of the French Army are today applauding the death of 19 of our compañeros, applauded the intervention of the PFP, are now complaining that their businesses have been looted by the PFP, lament that their daughters are being sexually threatened by the PFP, and this is just the beginning.

Just as President Juárez showed us how to defend the principles of the Republic, just as Juárez and Magón showed us how to fight and to defend the dignity of the people, today, the people of Oaxaca will go to battle in defense of Ciudad Universitaria, in a disciplined and organized manner, we will defeat the invaders, the army of occupation, and if Fox doesn’t order a stop to this offensive, he will bite the dust, our lives and our blood will not be spilled in vain, justice and reason are on our side, and we are hundreds of thousands of Oaxacans that will fight on this day.

Sirs, Vicente Fox, Carlos Abascal Carranza and Felipe Calderón, you all are responsible for the deaths at the hands of the PFP and the PRIista paramilitaries, and you all will be responsible for the deaths that results from your stupidity and political interests.

NOT ONE STEP BACKWARDS
FOREVER, UNTIL VICTORY

ALL THE POWER TO THE PEOPLE

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