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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Borderlands Hacklab Attack!!!URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

The borderlands Hacklab [], Electronic Disturbance
Theater [] and Rising Tide North
America [] call for a virtual sit-in
against the websites of the G8+5 and the Mexican government during the
G8+5 meetings on October 3-4th, 2006 in Mexico.

To join the action, click here:

While the Mexican government tries to play host to the G8+5 Gleneagles
Dialogue on Climate Change, it is mounting a massive violent attack on
the people of Oaxaca. Apparently the Mexican government thinks it can
cleanse the country of its growing pro-democracy rebellion while laying
out a red carpet to world politicians including the G8 Energy Ministers.
The neoliberal project of corporate globalization and fossil-fuel-based
"energy security" that causes global warming is built on massive
violence, from armies to riot police to militarized borders, to turn the
global south into its sweatshop and repress the uprisings for justice,
democracy, and sustainable livelihood of the people in Mexico and other

While the neoliberal model of industrial "development" sees the
remaining indigenous and "undeveloped" lands of the Earth as territories
for capitalist exploitation of natural resources and human labor, the
schoolteachers leading Oaxaca's popular pro-democracy strike have a
different vision. By taking direct action to shut down the tyrannical
rule of their state governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, the people of Oaxaca are
teaching that another world is possible.

On Sunday, October 1, 2006, a headline in the Mexico City daily Milenio
proclaimed, "Preparations for war in Oaxaca," while Mexico City's El
Universal newspaper reported that helicopters, planes and 15 troop
trucks had assembled in Huatulco, a Pacific tourist getaway and military
hub a short flight â but a long and difficult drive â from Oaxaca city.
According to the independent news website, which has been
covering the Other Campaign of the Zapatistas, on Sunday, October1,

"The Mexican Navy carried out a reconnaissance operation over the
buildings and public spaces occupied by the Popular Assembly of the
Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO in its Spanish initials). Two MI-17 helicopters
and one CASA C212 Navy airplane with registration number AMP-118 flew
over the streets of the city â where opponents of Governor Ulises Ruiz
Ortiz have maintained several encampments over the past 130 days â for
about 40 minutes."

"The zocalo, or central city square, the Oro and La Ley radio stations,
the state government building, the Brenamiel and El Rosario radio
antennas, as well as the Department of Finance building â all places
where the rebels have installed protest camps â were reconnoitered by
low-level flights of military aircraft. As they passed over the Radio
Oro facilities, the two helicopters were fruitlessly "attacked" with
fireworks that teachers of the National Education Workers' Union local
Section 22 launched from Conzatti Garden. The airplane then made four
more passes over the areas around the zocalo and returned to the
airport, where five other military aircraft were stationed. At 5:30 that
afternoon, the naval surveillance plane and two AMHT-202 and AMHT-205
helicopters landed on a city airstrip and let out 18 soldiers in
black-and-grey camouflage, bulletproof vests, helmets and firearms."

"Lino Celaya LurÃa, state secretary of Citizen Protection, confirmed
that the objective of the military flights was to "reconnoiter" the
scene of the conflict, but claimed not to know if this was the prelude
to an eventual federal operation to remove the protesters. The state
official limited himself to saying: "We were informed that a flight
would occur over the areas where the dissidents are present. We believe
this is to obtain field information on the situation."

"Meanwhile, from the occupied radio stations, the rebels again declared
a maximum alert in the face of what they imagine could be the beginning
of a removal/eviction operation against the popular and teachers'

Over half of the Oaxaca's 3.2 million people, most of whom are
indigenous, live in poverty, and 21.5 percent of those over 15 are
illiterate, while the average number of years of schooling is 5.6 years
-- almost two less than Mexico's national average. Many students in
Oaxaca's rural schools lack books and desks. In May, tens of thousands
of teachers seized the capital's leafy central plaza to demand wage
increases and improved school conditions. The following month, Governor
Ulises Ruiz sent police to attempt to retake the heart of the city.
Since then, radical social movements of workers, peasants, students,
women and others have joined the striking teachers, building street
barricades and taking over radio and television stations. They demand
that Ruiz resign, alleging that he rigged the 2004 election and uses
paramilitary gangs to attack dissidents. A total of five "megamarches"
were organized with the largest reaching the astonishing number of
around 300,000 people, or one out of ten people who live in the state.

During the protests, as many as six people have been killed in violent
incidents which apparently involved irregular armed groups linked to the
Ruiz administration and the police, according to human rights
organisations. A number of demonstrators have also been arrested and
injured, and further assaults perpetrated against them by organized,
unidentified gangs of thugs have been reported.

One example of neoliberal "development" in Mexico with major
implications for Oaxaca is Plan Puebla Panama (PPP), a transnational
"mega-infrastructure" project that would transform the region's
geography and economy if implemented. While claiming that one of its
main goals is to improve the conditions for the people of the region,
PPP is stealing land from indigenous people for infrastructure projects
to move resources more quickly into the hands of multinational
corporations and commodifying their culture for the tourist industry.
One of the projects affecting Oaxaca is the creation of a super highway
at Mexico's skinniest point, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in order to
move resources more readily across the land from the Atlantic to the
Pacific. This transportation corridor will be surrounded with
sweatshops, maquiladoras, operating without labor and environmental
protections. For all of these objectives, neoliberal control over the
government of Oaxaca is key to the realization of the PPP project.

Mexico has an ugly history of military repression that coincides with
major world gatherings occurring inside the country. 38 years ago today,
October 2nd, the Mexican military massacred hundreds of student
protesters at Tlatelolco, just days before the 1968 Olympic Games began
in Mexico City. If military violence against the pro-democracy
protesters of Oaxaca occurs before, during or after the G8 meeting in
Mexico, the G8 leaders as well as the Mexican military must be held
accountable for the injuries and death. To prevent this, we demand that
the G8 officials who are meeting this week in Mexico must publicly speak
out to condemn the possibility of another Mexican massacre at Oaxaca.

We demand that the G8 end its support of destructive "carbon trading."
The G8 is composed of the leaders of the richest 8 countries in the
world, who are responsible for the policies of war, criminalization of
cross-border human migration, and massive environmental destruction.
While they claim to be meeting to solve the climate change crisis, they
are in fact discussing carbon trading agreements that will allow
corporations to profit while exporting their pollution to the global
south. Carbon trading threatens to turn countries like Brazil into a
"carbon sink" for the global north while ignoring the underlying
capitalist ideology of endless growth and boundless consumption that is
creating massive climate change.

Help us stop the G8 by slowing the propaganda systems that the G8+5 and
the Mexican Government will be using during the meetings and the attacks
to spread disinformation about their actions. As in our previous
actions, people from all around the world will make their virtual
presence manifest on the doorstep of the G8+5 and the Mexican

To join the action, click here:

In addition to the virtual sit-in on the websites, you can also manifest
your virtual presence via email or telephone:

Write to:
Vicente Fox Quesada
(Presidencia, Los Pinos)
011 52 (55) 2789 1100
011 52 (55) 18 7501 Atencion Ciudadana
Fax: (55) 52 77 23 76

Dear President Vicente Fox,

Please do not authorize the use of Federal force to resolve the current
social and political dispute in Oaxaca.


If you use email, please send copies to:

President Elect Felipe Calderón Hinojosa: and

Secretary of Government: Carlos Abascal:

UPDATE: As of 10:50pm sunday night, there were reports that the attack had
begun and that members of the PRI forces had begun attacking barricades
which were defending radio antennas.

More news and updates about the unfolding situation in Oaxaca at
More information on resistance to the G8+5 meeting in Mexico City at


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