Well, people have finally been charged in his murder–unfortunatly, it appears that the people charged are probably the wrong people.
From Democracy Now!
As you see in the video, which you’ve shown today, which Brad filmed, and his camera was still running as people carry him away, he falls, and immediately all the people around him rush to help him. They rush to pick him up and carry him to safety. Coming around the corner, many newspaper photographers then took pictures of the witnesses who were trying to resuscitate him and then who rushed him off to the hospital. Those very people who risked their lives to pick him up and to carry him to safety, the Mexican government is now saying those are the ones who shot and killed him, instead of the paramilitary forces down the street who had been shooting at people all day, whose photographs have been published in the national and international press with them pointing their guns straight at the camera.
Mexico City’s La Jornada is reporting that the Federal District has had four consecutive days of bomb threats since last week’s discovery of a pipe bomb in Latin America’s tallest skyscraper, located in the Mexican capital.
Anonymous calls have been received by police alleging that bombs were located in various buildings on Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma, as well as in downtown’s emblematic Torre Latinoamericana. None of the threats have proven to be true, but some observers are warning that after the bombing of a Sears store in Oaxaca and the pipe bomb incident last week, things might get even worse.
Wednesday’s bombing outside of a Oaxacan Sears store owned by ricochon Carlos Slim and the undetonated bomb of a nearby Banamex has an owner. El Ejercito Popular Revolucionario (EPR) in a communiqué released over the internet said the action was intended “to hit the interests of Mexican and foreign oligarchy. We are willing to continue our actions to achieve the necessary conditions so that our detained and disappeared comrades … are presented, alive,” the group claims that Mexican security forces arrested two of their members in May. The EPR, self described as the winds of freedom on their own website, is the same organization that took credit for a series of gas pipeline bombings in central Mexico in early July.
This morning a Sears store in Oaxaca was shaken by a small bomb. No injuries were reported. The attorney general of the Mexican city is blaming local organizations. A second, undetonated bomb was found at a U.S.-owned bank in the city. Sears stores in Oaxaca are owned by Carlos Slim.
It’s hard to believe that idyllic Oaxaca City is the scene of such calamity and bloodshed, as Mala’s been telling us about lately. As she mentioned in a previous post, New York-based journalist for Indymedia, Brad Will, was caught in the crossfire and killed by a bullet to the chest as he was covering the confrontation for the website.
Spain’s 20 Minutos reports today that Will was shooting video at the time, and captured his last moments — and his own death — on tape.
Will received a shot in the chest during a shootout and died on the way to a public hospital.
Now there are questions as to who fired the shot that killed him.
For the moment, the only valid testimony is the one that he himself captured with his camera: his own death.
At about 3 p.m., the police officers began advancing. Water cannons were fired on people who did not clear the way. Chaos ensued as men, women and children fled.
Elsewhere, bulldozers cleared some of the hundreds of barricades that had been erected around the town.Protesters said the police killed one of their supporters in the raid, although police officials did not confirm the death.
Protesters vowed to continue their struggle against Ulises Ruiz, the governor of Oaxaca State and his policies.
We’ve been covering the situation in Oaxaca, Mexico since the summer, specifically the role of the Indigenous teacher’s movement and the violence. While the teachers on strike have agreed to return to work tommorow, police have begun to surround the city in a show of State sponsored force. According to Yahoo! News:
Officials said police had begun to enter the city and remove some barricades, and reporters saw about a half-dozen federal police trucks equipped with water cannon and bulldozer blades moving onto a highway about 100 yards from signs that said “Welcome to Oaxaca.”
What began in May in Oaxaca, Mexico as a simple teachers’ strike demanding better wages and basic supplies has grown into a firestorm of civil disobedience and state violence. After refusing to negotiate with the teachers union, Gov. Ulises Ruiz sent the state police into Oaxaca City’s central plaza on June 14 to remove the teachers´ protest camp with tear gas and police batons.The protests and reactionary violence have led to a drop in the area’s tourist industry impacting even those outside the teachers’ struggle.
So much attention has been focused on what’s been going down in Mexico City with the presidential election chaos that protests and deaths in Oaxaca, Mexico are being ignored by the mainstream media. Every year since 1980 union members of the state teaching profession; Section 22 of the National Syndicate for Education Workers, have taken to the streets. They grew into the thousands and were joined by a wider sector of the Oaxacan social justice movement, specifically Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) all demanding an improvement to wages and rural education facilities. Additionally there have been calls to oust Oaxaca’s widely unpopular head of state, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, accused of electoral fraud and state-initiated repression.