Sunday (June 19, 2016) we received a call from our compañera Doña Vicky, who is in Nochixtlan, near Oaxaca City, in the midst of protests against the government’s educational reform that, at the time of the phone call, were being met with violence. At least eight people have died in the protests so far.
Doña Vicky has come to Canada several times with CIPO-VAN to speak about her Mixtec Indigenous culture and the struggle for human rights of the people of Oaxaca. As she spoke on the phone we could hear police helicopters flying overhead and the sound of shouts and people running.
She asks that Canadians write and telephone their government and the government of Mexico and Oaxaca State to push them to uphold human rights in the State of Oaxaca.
English language media are reporting only comments from government officials who blame an unknown group outside of the protesters who they say began firing on both police and protesters. Doña Vicky and the protesters say this is covering up the fact that police opened fire on the protesters with live ammunition instead of the rubber bullets they claimed they were using. We’ve listed a few links to coverage of the events below:
We urge you to contact your MP and the Mexican Government to urge them to end the attacks on peaceful protests and make way for negotiations with the teacher’s union. Below is a short sample message you can use, as well as contact information. You can also sign this petition, started by members of the arts community in Oaxaca.
ATTN Lic. Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico
ATTN Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, Minister of the Interior
ATTN Luis Raúl González Pérez, President, Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission
ATTN Gabino Cue Monteagudo, Governor of the State of Oaxaca
ATTN Arturo Peimbert Calvo, Human Rights Commission of the Peoples of Oaxaca
ATTN United Nations Human Rights Council
ATTN Dr. Emilio Álvarez Icaza, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Human Rights Commission
I have learned from numerous reputable media outlets that on June 19, 2016, Mexico’s federal police forces attacked a peaceful protest led by teachers in the town of Nochixtlan, Oaxaca. I was shocked to see the images of such violence against the public, with people being beaten, injured and even killed but police, who used high-caliber firearms.
I ask you to do everything in your power to stop this atrocious attacks on innocent people, who are exercising their right to peaceful public protest, and defending public education in their country. As a concerned citizen of Canada, I do not expect a democratic country to resort to such heinous use of force against its own citizens, and I appalled by the actions of Mexico’s government.
Stop this massacre and bring those who ordered and implemented this attack to justice!
CONTACTS IN CANADA
Find your Member of Parliament here
CONTACTS IN MEXICO
Lic. Enrique Peña Nieto
President of Mexico
Email: FILL ONLINE FORM HERE
Tel. (011 52) 55 5093 5300
Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong
Minister of the Interior
Tel: (011 52) 55 5728 7300
Luis Raúl González Pérez
President, Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission
Tel: (011 52) 55 1719 2000, ext. 8280, 8293
Gabino Cue Monteagudo
Governor of the State of Oaxaca
Tel: (011 52) 951 501 8100
Arturo Peimbert Calvo
Human Rights Commission of the Peoples of Oaxaca
Tel: (011 52) 951 503 0520
United Nations Human Rights Council
Tel: +41 22 917 9656
Dr. Emilio Álvarez Icaza
Executive Secretary, Inter-American Human Rights Commission
Tel: +1 202 370 9000