KULDEEP:the battle of oaxaca
By Kuldeep Prakash
The saga of resistance and rebellion continues in oaxaca, a southern state of Mexico.It was started with teacher’s strike in may.But now it is the peoples (using the term in its broadest meaning) revolt against neoliberal state of Mexico.they created a soviet like institution APPO containing 350 mass organisations which have representation of every class, community and section of the people.Government reacted, as it can be guessed, violently on protesters and sent the Federal Police Force(PFP) in oaxaca city. Peoples retaliated by barricading the city.In the last week of October police came out hugely and killed near about 40
protesters with many ‘disappeared’.A great battle is going on from previous 3-4 days in the streets of oaxaca.Police is shooting the peoples indiscriminately but people are still ‘nonviolent’ in their resistance. federal police surrounded the university of oaxaca on November 1.police fired killed and raped extensively but protesters forced it to retreat. the students of oaxaca had no weapons but rocks
and stones in retaliation. now police is mounting more and more repression day by day.yesterday APPO called for a magmas in the city for the demand to withdraw the federal police out of city.meanwhile the radio universidad (radio station of APPO) appealed peoples to remain non violent mentioning Mhatma Gandhi. Upto this time federal and state governments are refusing to call of the PFP. Zaptista rebels, active in nearby state of Chiapas declared their full support to movement.
As for as the political implications and the possible future of the movement is concerned.it is a very important revolt of the Latin America but with some political weaknesses.APPO is still confined to partial issues.it is not clear on the question of the state power.the question of violence.the proletarian leadership is also lacking. the future of the revolt will depend on the answers of certain questions as how they succeed to forge alliance with Zaptista revolutionaries and other anti imperialist forces and masses all over the country.if they succeed only then they will capable to make a nationwide armed rebellion to complete National Democratic Revolution.
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