Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico

Between the months of May and December of 2006 the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) formulated to push for the resignation of the state’s governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.  This started with a simple strike by students and teachers who asked for the resignation of Ortiz on charges of corruption and repression.  After two weeks of protesting the governor attempted to squash the resistance.  3000 officers were sent into the Zocala to remove the protestors.  A violent conflict between police and the protestors began.  This battle for the Zocala raged for several days ending with the APPO occupying the central zone of the city of Oaxaca.  The APPO began to run the central zone of the city from this point until the end of the conflict. Civilians armed with lead pipes guarded access points to the central zone and businesses began to open their doors once again.  Over the next several months there would be continued clashes against the APPO and the state and federal police.  On December 4, 2006, Flavio Sosa (the leader of the APPO) traveled to Mexico City to conduct peace talks and chargers being brought against him.  Sosa was arrested upon his arrival.  This ended the APPO uprising against the state of Oaxaca.   Ulises Ruiz Ortiz is the current governor of the state of Oaxaca.  Images in this portfolio were made during July 2006 in the state of Oaxaca.


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