The first attacks were reported early this morning, around 10 am when unknowns attacked Radio Universidad with heavy gunfire. This radio is under control of students and members of the Popular Assemly of the Pueblos of Oaxaca, APPO. This group is movilized since jun 14, when the Governor of the state, Ulises RuÃz Ortiz attempted to repress teachers protesting in demand of a raise in salaries and for better conditions. Eventhough the use of force was brutal, the police failed to expell the teachers from downtown where they had been camping. This provoqued a huge popular movement wich demanded the Governor to resign.
Mexican President Vicente Fox ordered federal forces to the state of Oaxaca to restore order following the deaths of three people, including a U.S. photographer, in a clash yesterday between protesters and gunmen.
The forces will gather in Oaxaca City, the capital city where protesters have blocked the downtown for almost 160 days, according to an e-mailed statement from the president’s office.