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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Wall Mart Protest!!!

Friday, May 05, 2006
*Please distribute widely*

Wal-Mart Stores tied to attacks on Mexican Peasants in outskirts of Mexico City
(San Salvador Atenco).

Groups in Southern California mobilize in response encourage bi-national protests

WHAT: Protest at Wal Mart in response to Repression, death and brutality of Flower
vendors near Mexico City

WHEN: Sunday May 7th, Noon

LOS ANGELES: 17150 E. Gale Ave.., La Puente, CA 91745
RIVERSIDE: 5200 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92503
SANTA ANA: 3600 West Mcfadden Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Automous Peoples' Collective, La Otra en el Otro Lado, Harmony Keepers,
Riverside Area Peace & Justice, Axis of Justice, Santa Ana pueblo unido, and more

MAY 5, 2006 SAN SALVADOR ATENCO, MEXICO-Violent attacks against the people of San
Salvador Atenco by Federal Police have led to several casualties, including the
death of a child. Federal Police have declared a state of siege and continue to
ransack the homes of community members, searching for police officers that have
been detained in response to the imprisonment of protestors. The violence started
on Wednesday May 3, as local vendors attempted to sell flowers in the nearby
community of Texcoco, to remove competition at the future site of a Wal-Mart
store. Police forcefully dispersed the vendors, injuring several of the vendors in
the process. As the Anteco-based Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra
(Peoples Front in Defense of the Land) gathered to protest, the demonstration
quickly turned for the worse with the violent response of Federal Police.

Atenco is a self-governing community that is aligned to the EZLNs La Otra Campana
(Other Campaign). Through militant protests last year the people of Atenco
successfully blocked the construction of an airport in the region, in effect
becoming famous across Mexico for their zealous protests against injustices
mitigated by the Mexican government and Corporate interests.

A demonstration is planned for Sunday May 7th at the La Puente/ City of Industry.
Wal-Mart store located at 17150 E. Gale Ave., 91745, in response to the
Corporations ties with the Mexican police & WalMarts effective death sentence to
local farmers and merchants . Organizers believe that an urgent response directed
toward the Wal-Mart Corporation is needed in order to inform the public about
Wal-Marts questionable ethics. As of May 3, 2006 the EZLN declared a Red Alert in
support of the people of Atenco. Organizations across southern California,
including the Autonomous Peoples Collective and Harmony Keepers began protesting
the brutal events at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles today, May 5th, and many
plan to continue actions to protest the Wal-Mart stores.

Wal-Mart is effectively brutal on all peoples of the Americas and beyond. Partly
as a result of trade agreements like NAFTA, many transnational corporations,
including Wal-Mart super stores have emerged in Mexico in the last decade.
Wal-Mart, now infamous for its blatant disregard for employee rights and use of
sweatshops in China, is an unwelcome guest for many Mexican intellectuals,
artists, working people and activists. This is not the first time Wal-Mart has
encountered problems with moving in on new territory. In recent years, community
members in Inglewood, CA successfully turned away the super-store, due to concerns
that Wal-Mart would destroy small businesses in the area. The concerns of groups
in the US along with those of the people in Atenco is a reflection of growing
outrage about Wal-Marts unethical business practices, notorious union busting, and
general disregard for the people affected by their practices. Thus it becomes
apparent that Wal-Marts low prices
are brought to you at a very high human cost.

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