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Habeas corpus, Oaxaca style

11 June 2007

… in other words, something that doesn’t exist. This is for those who are still in denial that there were disappearances after the crackdown in Oaxaca last fall…

(Translated from Milenio, 10 June, 2007)


Erick Sosa, younger brother of APPO (Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca) director Flavio Sosa Villavicencio was released Saturday from a Matamoros, Tamaulipas, prison where he has been held for the last six months, after a local judge signed an order of absolution.

The fact that Sosa had been imprisoned was confirmed by his attorney, Gilberto López Jiménez. A judge in Ocotlán de Morelos signed the order when he could find no element of a crime under which to sentence Sosa.

“He was being held in advance of probes into accusations of kidnapping, assault, and robbery with violence, based on instructions from the Oaxacan prosecutor’s office.”

Erick Sosa was detained by State Police last November when he was charged and jailed, López Jiménez said.

According to defense testimony, Sosa was charged with crimes that occurred in Oaxaca’s centro histórico, while he was working as an airport fireman.

The lawyer said that the judicial decision assumes the local courts prefabricated the crimes to allow Governor Ulises Ruiz to punish those who publicly opposed his regime.

Sosa is probably lucky to be alive. It’s good news that people who were disappeared are being found alive, and released from imprisonment, but what’s troubling is I still run across foreigners who were positively giggly about the crackdown last November, arguing that inconvenience to the tourists is more important than people’s rights to redress their government… or live.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul Stanley permalink
    12 June 2007 4:56 pm

    I know of no one who is giggly over the situation here in Oaxaca. The thousands of people out of work and the many others who depend upon tourism for their livelihoods are certainly not giggling. The troubles here have been a catastrophe for many.
    To refer to the situation the way you have shows at best your insensitivity. Solutions are needed here and cute statements do not help.

  2. 12 June 2007 7:44 pm

    My understanding is that Flavio ‘Fatboy’ Sosa and his ilk had grievances against Ruiz for not honoring a spoils carve-up agreement over transportation concessions.

    Fatboy started APPO and hijacked the annual teacher’s strike as a means of getting back at Ruiz. Bradley Will gets caught in the middle and suddenly all the Western World Armchair Socialists start taking note and agitating for change – without truly understanding what was happening.

    Paul is right – agitation is not what’s needed here. Change will not come about through violence.

  3. 12 June 2007 8:27 pm

    Not sure what disappearing Flavio Sosa’s brother had to do with Brad Will, or “World Armchair Socialists”. I can’t see it served any purpose but to cow the many Oaxacaños who are NOT in the tourist trade… farmers, miners, civil servants, etc. Outside of the city’s tourism industry, I can’t see who benefits from repression other than Ulises Ruiz.

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