Oaxaca, la cara del fascismo mexicano, martes el 17 de abril de 2007
Oaxaca, the face of Mexican fascism, Tuesday the 17th of April 2007

Friends,
      On Friday, 13 April, the so-called Bank, Industrial and Commercial Auxiliary Police arrested (more accurately kidnapped) a young man who has been active in the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca. I posted a report about that at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaxacastudyactiongroup/message/2658 .Two days later a Sunday newspaper report gives further information about his abduction. He had still not been released yesterday so far as I know, and the authorities are charging him with drug possession, quite evidentally a contrived charge. The report follows, with a translation.
      An earlier article, a first-hand report by Nancy Davies based on her presence Sunday at the demonstration in support of David Venegas Reyes, the captive, is on the Narco News site at http://www.narconews.com/Issue45/article2627.html . The subheadline of Nancy's report (just below) is also worth noting. Even this ever-hesitant bishop was finally led to point to the racket of the government, jailing people on fraudulent charges and then collecting a ton of money for them to be bailed out. From what I know about the situation here, that money will never be accounted for and never returned. Another form of government theft.
Another Member of APPO Arrested in the Continuing Struggle for Justice
“The Government Fabricates a Crime and Then Sells the Prisoner his Freedom,” Says the Bishop of Oaxaca About Actions of Government

      And here's the Sunday newspaper report (original followed by translation):

NOTICIAS Domingo 15 de Abril de 2007, página 8A
 
Hasta Anoche no Rendía Declaración
 
Pone PABIC a “El Alebrije” a disposición de UMAN
 
Octavio Vélez Ascencio
 
El consejero estatal de la Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca (APPO), David Venegas Reyes “fue torturado” por agentes de la Policía Auxiliar, Bancaria, Industrial y Comercial (PABIC), después de ser detenido anteayer al mediodía en inmediaciones del Parque Juárez El Llano.
 
      “El compañero tiene las huellas en el cuerpo de ese trato inhumano e ilegal de los policías del tirano (el gobernador Ulises Ruiz Ortiz)”, dijo uno de los portavoces del movimiento popular, Cástulo López Pacheco.

      El vocero expuso que el consejero, conocido como El Alebrije, antes de ser presentado a una autoridqd ministerial, fue sometido a un interrogado “entre una golpiza” para responder a sus preguntas.
 
      “Ya pudo hablar con sus familiares y con algunos compañeros y contó que durante seis horas lo estuvieron golpeando para que diera informes sobre la APPO, sobre quienes son los consejeros, cual es la posición política de cada uno de ellos y en dónde se encuentran sus domicilios”, señaló.
 
NOTICIAS Sunday 15 April 2007, page 8A
 
Until Last Night no Declaration [of charges] was presented
 
PABIC places “El Alebrije” at the disposition of UMAN
 
Octavio Vélez Ascencio
 
David Venegas Reyes, state councilor of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), “was tortured” by agents of the Auxiliary, Bank, Industrial and Commercial Police (PABIC), after being arrested the day before yesterday at midday in the neighborhood of the El Llano Juárez Park.
 
      One of the spokesmen of the popular movement, Cástulo López Pacheco said, “Our companion has marks on his body from that inhumane and illegal treatment by the police of the tyrant (governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz).”
 
      The spokesman explained that the councilor, known as El Alebrije, before being presented to a ministerial authority, was subjected to an interrogation “[administered] with a beating” to [make him] respond to their questions.
 
      He said, “I was already able to talk with his relatives and with some companions and I know that during six hours they beat him in order that he give information about APPO, about who the councilors are, what is the political position of each one of them and where they can find their homes.”
 
      Incluso, mencionó que “fue obligado a golpes” por la policía para dejarse fotografiar con la droga supuestamente encontrada entre sus ropas al momento de su detención.
 
      “Lo estuvieron paseando, le pusieron una capucha para que no viera; de ahí lo obligaron a golpes a que se dejara tomar las fotos que publicaron los medios de comunicación”, apuntó.
 
      Venegas Reyes, fue arrestado por elementos de la Pabic alrededor de las 13:30 horas frento a los juzgados federales y posteriormente subido a una camioneta Ford, pick up, color rojo, sin placas de circulación, que se desplazó por la Avenida Juárez.
 
      En un comunicado, la Secretaría de Protección Ciudadana (Seproci), informó que Venegas Reyes fue detenido por insultar a los ocupantes de una patrulla en avenida Juárez e Hidalgo — esquina que no existe en la ciudad —, y al ser revisado supuestamente se le encontró entre sus ropas 30 gramos de cocaína y dos bolsas con “chinches” de heroína.
 
      Also he mentioned that “he was forced by beating” by the police to submit to being photographed with the drugs supposedly found in his clothing at the moment of his arrest.
 
      He pointed out, “What they were doing to him, they put a hood on him so that he could not see. Then they beat him so that he submitted to them taking photos that they published in the media.”
 
      Venegas Reyes was arrested by agents of the PABIC about 13:30 in front of the federal court and subsequently put into a red Ford van, a pick up, without license plates, that took off on Juárez Avenue.
 
      In a communication, the Secretary of Citizen Protection (SEPROCI), said that Venegas Reyes was arrested for insulting the occupants of a patrol vehicle at Juárez Avenue and Hidalgo — a corner that doesn’t exist in the city — and on being searched, 30 grams of cocaine and two bags with “bedbugs” of heroin were found. [I think that’s the translation of the slang term “chinches”.]
 
      Sin embargo, López Pacheco acusó que PABIC “cargo” a El Alebrije porque su compañero “no es drogadicto ni narcotraficante”.
 
      “Como no tenían que delito que imputarle, los policías le pusieron droga”, asentó.  
      Antes el supuesto hallazgo, señaló, Venegas Reyes fue presentado en la Unidad Mixta de Atención el Narcomenudeo (UMAN), operada por las procuradurías general de la República (PGR) y de Justicia del Estado (PGJE), donde hasta anoche aún no se definía se podía salir mediante una caución.
 
      Venegas Reyes, coordinó la instalación de las barricadas en la zona poniente de la ciudad, especialmente la de Brenamiel, uno de los últimos reductos de la APPO que cayó tras el ingreso de la Policía Federal Preventiva (PFP) en octubre del año pasado.
 
      However, López Pacheco accused PABIC of “planting” [the drugs] on El Alebrije because his companion “is not a drug addict or a narco-trafficker.”
 
      He affirmed, “Since they had no crime to charge him with, the police planted the drugs.”
 
      In view of the supposed discovery, he indicated, Venegas Reyes was presented to the Combined Unit for Attention to Narcotics Trafficking (UMAN), operated by the Federal Attorney General (PGR) and the State Attorney General (PGJE), where until last night still had not  specified if he could be released on bail.
 
      Venegas Reyes coordinated the installation of the barricades in the western zone of the city, especially that of Brenmiel, one of the last bastions of the APPO. It fell when the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) entered in October of last year.


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