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NYC Indymedia volunteer Brad Will killed in attack by Paramilitaries in Oaxaca

 

Foto: La Reforma
Foto: La Reforma


Paramilitaries attacked the barricades near Oaxaca's office of justice, in the Calicanto municipality. There are several injured and one person dead.

Indymedia New York's reporter, BRAD WILL, was shot in the chest and died before he made it to the hospital; Oswaldo Ramírez, photographer for Milenio Diario, has also been shot and is injured in the foot.

THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT BRAD FROM A PERSON WHO WAS THERE WITH HIM:
- He was at the Santa Lucia Barricade
- He was shot from a distance of 30-40 meters right in the pit of the stomach
- It was urban paramilitary Priistas in plain clothes who shot him
- People then pulled him away to safety; its confirmed that he's dead; his body is at the red cross in oaxaca
- 3 additional dead (4 total); 1 member of radio universidad was injured, he went to the hospital in a volkswagen cuz no ambulances would come

More information: English report
NarcoNews (english) - CML - La Jornada - IMC México

Other spanish media
milenio.com - reforma.com

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ataque a la poblacion en oaxaca

radiozapote 28.Oct.2006 02:13

:::viernes 27 de octubre:::
:::COBERTURA DEL CML:::COBERTURA DE LA KE HUELGA:::COBERTURA DE INDYMEDIA MEXICO:::

LA PAGINA DEL YAHOO PUBLICA ESTA FOTOGRAFIA:

27 de octubre:::this is what happen with Bradley:
abajo la traducciòn: esto fue lo que le ocurrió a Bradley:

From person who was with him:
[20:25] - He was at the Santa Lucia Barricade
[20:25] - he was shot from a distance of 30-40 meters right in the pit of the stomach
[20:25]
[20:25] - They say it was urban paramilitary priistas in plain clothes
[20:25] eso es
[20:25] - they pulled him away to safety; its confirmed that hes dead; his body is at the red cross in oaxaca;
[20:25] 3 additional dead (4 total); 1 member of radio universidad was injured, he went to the hospital in a volkswagen cuz no ambulances would come

Escrito por la persona que estaba con él(Bradley):
[20:25] - Bradley estaba en la barricada de Santa Lucia
[20:25] - le dispararon a una distancia entre 30 a 40 metros justo en la boca del estómago
[20:25] - dicen que fueron paramilitates urbanos priistas vestidos de civiles
[20:25] eso es
[20:25] - sacaron a bradley a un lugar seguro; su muerte ha sido confirmada; su cuerpo está en la cruz roja de oaxaca;
[20:25] 3 muertos más (4 en total); 1 miembro de radio universidad fue herido, fue al hospital en un volkswagen porque ninguna ambulancia pudo venir



:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

::: la movilizacion en la segob en el DF continua.rodea la segob PFP. hasta elmomento compañeros que se encuentran ahi reportan calma en la situacion


ESCUCHA LA SEÑAL DE RADIO PLANTON EN VIVO DESDE OAXACA


RADIO UNIVERSIDAD DE OAXACA, APPO TRANSMITE EN VIVO

19:40::DF-el mìtin enfrente de gobernaciòn tiene defrente a granaderos y a la Policìa Federal Preventiva. Habrà una reunión de la APPO en el DF, en el senado de la república, hoy a las 9:00pm

19:20:::Radio Universidad reporta mas heridos en Calicanto y en San Bartolo Coyotepec, uno reportero de radio universidad herido en el brazo, otro en Calicanto herido en un hombro. Los compañeros de Radiouniversidad piden al pueblo oaxaqueño reforzar las barricadas.

19:11::: Se confirma la muerte de un maestro mas en San Bartolo Coyotepec, por priìstas que dispararon a la barricada

18:54::: DF- En estos momentos ya hay un MÌTIN EN LA SECRETARÍA DE GOBERNACIÓN protestando por lo ocurrido en este día contra la APPO y el magisterio en Oaxaca. APPOya!!!

18:30:::Además de lo informado en Sn. Bartolo Coyotepec, población que dista a unos 6 kilometros de Oaxaca, priístas armados disparan contra los maestros que resguardan la "Casa de Gobierno".

18:05 Radio APPO informa al aire, que desde el techo del palacio municipal de Santa Lucia del camino, hay francotiradores disparando contra población civil desarmada.

18:03 Radio APPO en línea confirma la muerte del periodista de Indymedia New York Bradley Roland.

17: 38 pm
:::DF movilizacion :::monumento a la revolucion al zocalo:::

:::muere un activista de indymedia de un disparo en la garganta:::

SITUACION DE EMERGENCIA.DISPAROS CONTRA LA APPO Y EL MAGISTERIO.
16:52::: priistas armados atacan a la poblacion en oaxaca. el ataque sucede ahora en las instalaciones de la procuraduria del estado.la gente se organiza para resistir. Dos maestros han sido heridos de bala y se reportan 4 secuestrados.Los priistas utilizan camionetas con logos del PRD .En la colonia cal y canto la gente esta siendo atacada.

Correction

~ 28.Oct.2006 02:32

his name was Brad, not Will.

more photos

remy 28.Oct.2006 03:07







According to the mexican newspaper El Universal (www.eluniversal.com.mx),the guys with red shirts are a paramilitary group that attacked the members of the APPO (social movement of Oaxaca) and journalists.

ULISES: BASTA DE TANTA VIOLENCIA

FERNANDO 28.Oct.2006 03:21

ULISES, LA UNICA SOLUCIÓN Y QUE LA PAZ LLEGUE, ES QUE TU TE VAYAS, BASTA DE MANCHARTE LAS MANOS DE SANGRE DE TUS HERMANOS, TU TAMBIEN ERES OAXAQUEÑO Y POR AMOR A OAXACA...¡¡¡RENUNCIA!!!

Brad two days ago

remy 28.Oct.2006 03:26



This a picture of Bradley taken two days ago in downtown Oaxaca (according to Narconews website).

Oaxaca en pie de lucha!!

Red 28.Oct.2006 06:03

All th e support to the workers of Oaxaca!
May Bradleys death be one more reason, among with all the people who are died in the efforts of make a equal oportunities society, for the Oaxaca people to be stronger in this journey!

more photos of Brad

remy 28.Oct.2006 08:31







from ap

more photos of the assassins

remy 28.Oct.2006 08:34





from ap

Updates

UK Indymedia 28.Oct.2006 13:35

Updates 27/10/06:

(i) It was been confirmed that Oswaldo Ramírez, photographer for Milenio Diario, has also been shot and is injured.
(ii) According to a post at CML at 23:06 local time the murderer of Brad Will has been identified as Pedro Carmona, a paramilitary who was the mayor of neighboorhood of Felipe Carrillo Puerto de Santa Lucía del Camino.
(iii) The APPO has confirmed that schoolteacher Emilio Alfonso Fabián has died from three bullet wounds after an attack by shooters for Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.
(iv) Al Giordano, a friend of Brad Will, wrote on Narco News: Tonight, from the Oaxaca City Morgue, Brad Will shouts "Ya Basta!" - Enough Already! - to the death and suffering imposed by an economic system, the capitalist system. His death will be avenged when that system is destroyed. And Brad Will's ultimate sacrifice exposes the Mexican regime for the brutal authoritarian violence that the Commercial Media hides from the world, and thus speeds the day that justice will come from below and sweep out the regimes of pain and repression that system requires. Brad gave his life tonight so that you and I could know the truth. We owe him to act upon it, and to share the risks that he took.

'William Bradley Roland, also known as Brad Will, 36, a documentary filmmaker and reporter for Indymedia New York in Mexico, Bolivia and Brazil, died today of a gunshot to the chest when pro-government attackers opened fire on a barricade in the neighborhood of Santa Lucia El Camino, on the outskirts of Oaxaca, Mexico. He died with his video camera in his hands.' (source: Narconews)

Brad had been in Oaxaca taking video and reporting on the state wide popular uprising and teacher strike that began in June with the violent attempted removal of the striking teachers from their encampment in the center of Oaxaca City by federal police forces. 3 others were also killed alongside him (making 4 dead in total); 1 member of Radio Universidad was also injured: he was taken to the hospital in a volkswagen van as police would not let any ambulances come.

Since the beginning of the strike in June, teachers and other groups have formed the APPO - the Popular Assembly of the Oaxacan People - and have called for the removal of the governor of state Ulises Ruiz of the PRI. There is a long history of Mexico using government sponsored paramilitaries to repress social movements, including a massacre of hundreds of students in Mexico City in 1968. As reports of protesters surrounded by armed government forces and police continue to pour in, activists in cities around the world are planning protests at Mexican embassies in outcry against the violent aggression against the people of Oaxaca.

Links: Last Communique from NYC Indymedia Journalist Brad Will | NYC Indymedia | IMC Mexico | Narco News | CML | La Jornada

Brad Will's death has been confirmed by La Jornada (Mexico) and Radio APPO Oaxaca. A photographer from the newspaper Milenio Diario, who was at Will's side, was shot in the foot and reportedly injured, his status currently unknown. Radio APPO, the radio of the Popular Assembly of the Oaxacan People, is reporting truckloads of armed paramilitaries entering the city. They are calling for people to reinforce the thousands of barricades that have been constructed for months as part of the statewide teachers' strike and popular uprising that has demanded the removal of PRI governor Ulisis Ortiz Ruiz.

As reported on the global Indymedia site, Brad was at the Santa Lucia Barricade and was shot from a distance of 30-40 meters right in the pit of the stomach. They say it was urban paramilitary PRI-istas in plain clothes who shot him. People then pulled him away to safety, however it is confirmed that he is dead; his body is at the Red Cross in Oaxaca.

Some photos of the shooting

Articles: NYC Indymedia volunteer Brad Will killed in attack by Paramilitaries in Oaxaca | Brad Will, New York Documentary Filmmaker and Indymedia Reporter, Assassinated by Pro-Government Gunshot in Oaxaca While Reporting the Story | NYC indymedia journalist was killed by police or paramilitaries according to locals; oaxacans remain under violent siege | NYC Indymedia journalist Brad Will shot dead by government forces in Oaxaca | Journalist dies in Mexico protest

Previous feature article: Hundreds of thousands protested against government and police violence in Oaxaca

UK newswire: news about mexico, a photograper of indymedia was killed | Troops threat to protestors in Oaxaca, Mexico | Bilingual Bulletin from Oaxaca | Bullets and Barricades in Oaxaca, Mexico | Two Days in the Life of Oaxaca's Revolution | COURAGE AND RESISTANCE IN OAXACA AND MEXICO CITY | The situation tonight in Oaxaca, Mexico | Read more on the Zapatista topic page

¿Abajo las guerrillas? ¡¡Abajo los CÓMPLICES de la barbarie!!

anónimo 28.Oct.2006 14:00

Todo nuestro apoyo desde el Estado español. La única lucha perdida es la que se abandona.

C.N.T. - A.I.T.

Photos of Brad just before he died

remy 28.Oct.2006 16:58







From the website of El Universal (www.eluniversal.com.mx)

Brad was shot from pro-government paramilitaries just a few days after the PAN-PRI-controled Mexican Congress decided to side with the governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz. What happened yesterday is very likely a provocation from the same PRI-PAN coalition in order to justify the intervention of federal troops (ordered by president Fox last night) in order to bring "peace" (of the cementaries) in Oaxaca. It is now clear that the federal goverment has chosen repression over negotiation. Knowing that the new "elected" president Calderón has no legitimacy, the PAN-PRI coalition and the neoliberal project in Mexico cannot afford the political cost of a governor trown out by the people. Yet the "winds from below" in Mexico will just keep growing, and Brad died as a witness of it.

Bradley ofrendo su vida a los pueblos del mundo

Cristina de Oaxaca 28.Oct.2006 17:08

Conocimos muy recientemente a Bradley Roland Will, apenas cruzamos unas cuantas palabras pero entablamos una buena relaciòn en la que pudimos conseguirle una entrevista con Victor Raul Martinez, nuestro profesor que es un reconocido investigador que ha tomado posiciòn en favor de la resisitencia del pueblo de Oaxaca, el por su parte trato de integrarnos en el proyecto indymedia, Oaxaca. Por eso veo que era un activista audaz y muy conciente, amable y entregado a su trabajo, informar desde un punto de vista popular lo que esta pasando con las luchas de los pueblos del mundo, ayer desgraciadamente cayo por dos balas asesinas de Ulises Ruìz Ortìz y sus sicarios. Se dice en los periodicos locales, que fue asesinado por Juan Carlos Sumano policìa municipal que aparece en primera plana con pistola en mano disparando a la multitud. No obstante esta indignante perdida, fallecieron tres personas màs. Ante ello, es terriblemente indignante que la radio fascista local, anunciada como radio ciudadana, este trasmitiendo retrogrados comentarios, que justifican el asesinato de Bradley, por que era "de izquierda", " guerrillero disfrazado de periodista, "extrangero interviniendo en polìtica" y demas "crimenes por ser activista" lo mismo atacando a Indymedia. Por lo que pido que la denuncia de su homicidio se acompañe de la defenza al derecho a disentir y que nada justifica un crimen politico, lo mataron injustamente por sus ideas.Porlo que merece el respeto de todos.

Bradley documentalista al servicio del pueblo

Cristina 28.Oct.2006 18:03

Me limitare a denunciar que la radio fascista local, autonombrada "ciudadana"esta justificando el asesinato de Bradley por sus ideas, es decir es legitimo matar a quien tiene una posiciòn politica en favor del pueblo, los comentarios que hielan la sangre por que se hacen apenas a unas cuantas horas de su muerte, hablan del "guerrillero disfrazado de periodista", del "extrangero interviniendo en asuntos politicos" y que el agente muinicipal que le disparo dos tiros y acabo con su vida "solo estaba cumpliendo con su trabajo", ademas de señalar que la sim`ple pertenecia a INDYMEDIA justifica su asesinato, por lo que les sugiero que aunado a la denuncia del infame crimen politico que le arranco la vida, defiendan el derecho legitimo a la libre expresiòn de las ideas y particularmente al disentimiento, la tendencia a criminalizar la protesta social y justificar la represiòn politica, es clàsico del avance del fascismo en el mundo, del que Oaxaca no se ha salvado y contra el que debemos combatir resueltamente.

Testimonies from Mexican Newspapers (quick translations)

remy 28.Oct.2006 18:35

From Enrique Mendez and Blanche Petrich (La Jornada):

(…) The shooting started from a house in Juarez Street and the b rigadistas (APPO sympathizers) saw that the person who was shooting was a woman. The members of the APPO responded jumping into a truck and throwing it into the house, and shooting fireworks towards the house. In that moment, from the end of the street, men that came out from cars, some wearing red shirts, started shooting at the brigadistas.

The APPO sympathizers responded with fireworks and stones and the journalists protected themselves behind cars and trees. Oswaldo Ramirez (from Milenio) was taking pictures from behind a car when he was shot. Bradley Will was in the middle of the street with his camera taping the shootings when he was shot twice, once on the side and the other under his chest.

His friend fotographer Gustavo Vilchis and three other people took him away from Juarez Street. They took his shirt off and Vilchis tried to rescue him but Brad was all white.

“A car”, “an ambulance”, they screamed. The owners of white volkswagen with plates LUG235, from the state of Mexico, approached Brad, who was still alive. They took him to the Red Cross, but he died in the way.(…)

 http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2006/10/28/003n1pol.php


From Genaro Altamirano (El Universal):

(…) According to pictures taken by El Universal, when Brad was shot, were involved in the shootings the chief of the public security (police) of the town Santa Lucia del Camino, Avel Santiago Zárate and the chief of the personel of the town (administrated by the PRI), Manuel Aguilar (who is the cousin of David Aguilar Robles, local lider of the CROC and local congressman for the PRI). Were also involved the police officer Juan Carlos Soriano Velasco, alias El Chapulin, and Pedro Carmona, former president of the neighborhood Felipe Carrillo Puerto. (…)

 http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/nacion/144774.html

God Bless Brad - And His family and freieds

Very Sorry and hope the best for Brads family and friends-- 28.Oct.2006 19:12

I would like to say that I ask gods peace and love on Brad-and that i am sure that he has helped and touched many people in his short time -in a way to make living a better life posiable- his deriser to expose unjust and ceul conditions is and was a virture only few can command- thank you and god bless all.

How the US corporate media covers up

Tim 29.Oct.2006 00:22

How the US corporate media covers up the death of a [leftist] colleague in Mexico


Media reports of the North American Indymedia journalist killed in Oaxaca:
compare these accounts:

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FORBES - "gunfire in a rough Oaxaca neighborhood .. not clear who shot first" - relies on police source
Associated Press
American, 2 Others Die in Oaxaca Gunfire
By REBECA ROMERO 10.28.06, 1:47 AM ET

A U.S. journalist and two Mexican men were killed by gunfire in the Mexican city of Oaxaca, where leftist protesters have barricaded streets and occupied government buildings for five months in a bid to oust the governor. Several other people were injured. The gunfire erupted in a rough Oaxaca neighborhood when armed men tried to remove a blockade set up by protesters who are demanding the resignation of Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz, said a police official who was not authorized to speak on the record. Both sides fired but it was not clear who shot first, he said. Bradley Roland Will, 36, of New York, was shot in the abdomen and died at a Red Cross hospital, police, witnesses and friends said.

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TIME-CNN - "shot in ... a rough neighborhood " - source not stated
Mexico's Fox Gambles on a Crackdown
By TIM PADGETT WITH DOLLY MASCAREÑAS/MEXICO CITY
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006

American, Brad Will, 36, a journalist with the New York-based Indymedia, was shot in the abdomen in a rough neighborhood of Oaxaca City. Will had been filming an armed clash between protesters and pro-government men tearing down street barricades.
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New York Times - Reuters - "prolonged shootouts against protesters .. killed in the conflict" - source not stated
Troops Are Sent to Mexican City After Death of 3
By REUTERS
Published: October 29, 2006

On Friday, at least two prolonged shootouts against protesters killed three people, including the journalist, Bradley Roland Will, 36, who was working with NYC Indymedia, a leftist multimedia production group. Nine people, mostly protesters, have been killed in the conflict, which began when striking teachers and leftists occupied much of Oaxaca five months ago, storming Congress and blocking streets in an effort to oust state Gov. Ulises Ruiz.

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REPORTEROS SIN FRONTERAS [Journalists without Borders] - "death .. caused by the municipal police"

28.10.2006

En un tiroteo muere un camarógrafo de Indymedia y resulta herido de bala un fotográfo
Reporteros Sin Fronteras está profundamente conmocionada por la muerte, el 27 de octubre de 2006, de Brad Will, camarógrafo norteamericano de la agencia Indymedia, ocurrida durante una manifestación de maestros y causada por la policía municipal de Oaxaca (Sur). Osvaldo Ramírez, fotógrafo del diario Milenio, resultó herido en un tiroteo, pero afortunadamente se encuentra fuera de peligro. ... Bradley Wheyler, apodado Brad Will, camarógrafo de la agencia de prensa Indymedia y natural de Illinois, murió en la noche del 27 de octubre de 2006 a consecuencia de un disparo en pleno pecho, cuando cubría una manifestación de la Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca (APPO), que agrupa a 70.000 maestros y trabajadores sociales, en guerra abierta con el gobernador del Estado, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

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NYC Indymedia - "shot by urban paramilitary priistas [ruling party agents] in plain clothes"

10/27

THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT BRAD FROM A PERSON WHO WAS THERE WITH HIM:
- He was at the Santa Lucia Barricade
- He was shot from a distance of 30-40 meters right in the pit of the stomach
- They say it was urban paramilitary priistas in plain clothes who shot him

____________________

La Jornada (Mexico) - "the ministerial and preventative police, supported by PRI [ruling party] militants shot up the baricades", killing 3 and wounding 23, folowed by 20 arrests - DETAILED ACCOUNT FOLLOWS - no shots fired by protestors

28 de octubre de 2006

Represión policial y paramilitar en Oaxaca; tres muertos y 23 heridos

ENRIQUE MENDEZ Y BLANCHE PETRICH ENVIADOS
Foto

Bradley Roland Will, camarógrafo independiente de Indymedia, cayó en Oaxaca, abatido por dos balazos en el abdomen Foto Francisco Olvera

Oaxaca, Oax., 27 de octubre. En cinco acciones simultáneas, las policías ministerial y preventiva, respaldadas por presuntos militantes del PRI, atacaron esta tarde a balazos barricadas de la Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca (APPO), en acciones donde resultaron muertos el camarógrafo neoyorquino Bradley Roland Will -quien recibió dos impactos de R-15-, el profesor Emilio Alonso Fabián, de la delegación de los Loxicha, y el comunero Esteba Ruiz, además de 23 personas heridas por arma de fuego. Cinco de los lesionados estaban en el bloqueo en la colonia La Experimental, 13 en Santa María Coyotepec y cinco en Cal y Canto.

El fotógrafo Oswaldo Ramírez, del periódico Milenio, recibió un rozón de bala en la rodilla izquierda, que no requirió de atención médica. Inclusive, los hombres armados con cuernos de chivo, escuadras 9 milímetros y revólveres 38 súper, dispararon al fotógrafo Raúl Estrella, de El Universal, quien resultó ileso. Una profesora fue gravemente herida, pero hasta el cierre de esta edición no se conocía su identidad.

Después de las 21:00 horas se informó que en Santa María Coyotepec fueron detenidos 20 profesores, de los cuales 13 estaban heridos de bala y fueron hacinados en la cárcel municipal.

La jornada de violencia en la capital del estado y sus municipios conurbados fue el preludio de una incursión policiaca del gobierno de Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, que se preparaba a "recuperar" la ciudad en las primeras horas de este sábado, y en momentos en que se cumplía el plazo definido por la APPO para que el gobernador presentara su licencia al cargo.

La APPO declaró la alerta máxima, pues tiene informes de que la policía del estado prepara un operativo "de gran calado" para disolver el movimiento.

Esta noche, además, la policía finalmente rompió el plantón permanente en la casa de gobierno y las oficinas de la policía estatal, en Santa María Coyotepec, donde después de desalojar a los profesores y simpatizantes de la APPO incendiaron vehículos y persiguieron a los plantonistas en el monte.

La dirigencia del movimiento ciudadano reportó la desaparición de al menos 50 profesores que mantenían el bloqueo en las oficinas donde despachaba Ruiz Ortiz, y responsabilizó de la agresión armada a Elpidio Concha Arellano, dirigente estatal de la Confederación Nacional Campesina (CNC) y ex diputado federal, y a los alcaldes de Santa Lucía del Camino, Manuel Martínez, y de Santa María, Jorge Pablo.

El pasado 16 de octubre, Concha Arellano dio a conocer un documento en el que los sectores priístas advertían que su partido llevaría a cabo "las acciones necesarias para restablecer el orden, el estado de derecho y la paz social" en la entidad, y que si el gobierno federal no aplicaba la ley de manera "implacable a los desmanes y vandalismos, nosotros mismos vamos a dar la solución al problema".

Ante la gravedad de los hechos, el movimiento social determinó reforzar las barricadas, sobre todo porque se confirmó que el operativo también abarcaría una incursión en el centro hstórico, así como detenciones de dirigentes por parte de la Agencia Federal de Investigación (AFI), que envió un avión con 100 agentes que están acantonados en el hangar de gobierno.

Durante dos horas, desde las 5 de la tarde, la capital oaxaqueña vivió un escenario de represión sin precedentes, y en todo momento, desde Radio Universidad -la única estación que informó de las agresiones- se dio cuenta del operativo para acabar con el movimiento que exige la salida de Ruiz Ortiz.

Las zonas donde se ejerció mayor violencia fueron las de Santa Lucía del Camino y La Experimental.

Los disparos en Santa Lucía coincidieron con una reunión que sostenían simpatizantes de la APPO y vecinos con Flavio Sosa, uno de los líderes del movimiento, quien llamó a mantener la calma.

En el cruce de la calle Cal y Canto con Ferrocarril pidió a sus compañeros: "hay que llevárnosla tranquila. Tienen armas largas y somos blanco fácil".

Se refería a un grupo de presuntos policías ministeriales y militantes del PRI, que unos minutos antes habían cruzado por la esquina de Juárez y Arboles, a unos 100 metros de la barricada.

La balacera inició desde una casa particular en la calle Juárez, y los brigadistas se percataron de que quien disparaba era una mujer. "¡Pinche vieja!", gritaron. Para tratar de contrarrestar la agresión, hombres cubiertos con paliacates subieron a un camión de volteó y, de reversa, lo estrellaron contra el portón de la casa desde donde se abría fuego.

Otros más utilizaron los tubos que, a modo de bazucas hechizas, confeccionaron para disparar cohetones, y los dirigieron hacia el inmueble.

En esos momentos, del fondo de la calle, los sujetos -la mayoría con camisetas rojas- que previamente habían bajado de camionetas tomaron las armas y comenzaron a disparar contra los brigadistas.

Entre las ráfagas, los simpatizantes de la APPO atinaron a responder con más cohetones e, inclusive, con resorteras, y fotógrafos, camarógrafos y reporteros se cubrieron en las paredes, detrás de automóviles y camionetas, así como de piedras, postes y árboles.

Oswaldo Ramírez tomaba fotografías parapetado detrás de una camioneta, cuando recibió el rozón de una bala. El camarógrafo neoyorquino Bradley Will, de la agencia independiente Indymedia, estaba en medio de la calle con su cámara para registrar los disparos, cuando recibió dos impactos, uno en el costado y otro en la boca del estómago.

Su compañero fotógrafo Gustavo Vilchis y tres personas más lo tomaron de brazos y piernas y lo llevaron en vilo por la calle Juárez, para depositarlo en el asfalto de Arboles, donde le arrancaron la camiseta. Ahí, Vilchis aún trató de auxiliarlo y le dio respiración de boca a boca, pero Will había perdido el color, estaba pálido y sus ojos estaban, literalmente, en blanco.

"¡Un carro, un carro!", gritó un joven al que un paliacate le cubría el rostro. "¡Una ambulancia, una ambulancia, le dieron a un periodista!". "¡Es un periodista, ábranla!", clamó otro, mientras Will seguía tendido en la calle.

Los propietarios de un Volkswagen blanco, con placas LUG6235, del estado de México, entraron a la calle de reversa hasta unos metros de donde yacía el camarógrafo estadunidense. En medio de la desesperación, abrieron la puerta derecha, abatieron el asiento y lo introdujeron en el asiento trasero. Segundos después, el vehículo arrancó entre un estruendo del motor y las llantas.

Lo llevaban a la Cruz Roja de esta capital, pero falleció en el traslado. "Lo sentimos, su compa se quedó en el camino", dijeron los brigadistas que llevaban a Will.

A las siete de la noche, vecinos y brigadistas preparaban unas 200 botellas de vidrio como bombas molotov para repeler a los hombres que dispararon y que, a esa hora, se habían replegado al fondo de la calle, donde se encuentra la agencia municipal, y en la que montaron su propia barricada.

De manera paralela, supuestos militantes del PRI, entre quienes se confundieron policías armados, atacaron el plantón permanente en la sede del gobierno del estado y de la policía, en Santa María Coyotepec, donde falleció el profesor Emilio Alonso Fabián y 13 personas más fueron heridas. Ahí también, reporteros quedaron en medio del fuego, aunque ninguno resultó herido, si bien las balas se impactaron a corta distancia de donde se refugiaban.

Por la noche, el secretario de Gobierno, Heliodoro Díaz, ofreció una conferencia en la que acusó a integrantes de las barricadas de haber matado al comunero Esteban Ruiz.

Según el funcionario, el asesinato de Esteban Ruiz ocurrió después de que integrantes de barricadas despojaron de un automóvil al comisariado de bienes comunales, quien debió caminar hasta su comunidad, donde informó del hecho, y cuando sus vecinos acudieron a rescatar el vehículo empezó un enfrentamiento, en el que murió el campesino.

Desde la mañana, cuando inició el bloqueo de la ciudad por parte de la APPO, se habían suscitado roces entre plantonistas y vecinos de las colonias afectadas por el cierre de carreteras y avenidas, que reclamaban su derecho al libre tránsito.

A partir del acuerdo de la asamblea popular, en las primeras horas de este viernes se bloqueó el acceso a Oaxaca en la carretera de México, a la altura de Viguera, así como en la entrada del istmo, por lo que cientos de personas, inclusive turistas con sus maletas, caminaron varios kilómetros para llegar al centro de la ciudad. También, centenares de personas debieron llegar a pie a sus centros de trabajo o a sus compromisos.

Las balaceras en Oaxaca empezaron a las 10 de la mañana, y en la Ciudad Universitaria desconocidos brincaron la barda del campus y prendieron fuego a las oficinas de la dirección de la Facultad de Derecho, para distraer la atención de estudiantes que resguardaban las instalaciones de Radio Universidad, pues un grupo de encapuchados vestidos de negro pretendieron ingresar para tomarla.

Poco después hubo más disparos en el puente de El Rosario, donde fue levantado el mecánico Gerardo Sánchez, quien fue recluido en el penal de Tlacolula acusado de disparo de arma de fuego. La tarde cerró con las agresiones en la colonia La Experimental, donde se encuentra la sede de la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado, en Santa Lucía del Camino y en Santa María Coyotepec.

La mayoría de los comercios y hoteles del centro histórico cerraron a las siete de la noche y la sociedad oaxaqueña se fue a dormir con miedo, pero con la certidumbre de que este sábado podría darse una incursión policiaca masiva.

A list of protests

ULO = asesino 29.Oct.2006 07:45

Send info if you have any. Thanks!

 http://www.ulisesruizasesino.com

Two more pictures of the assassins

remy 29.Oct.2006 15:19





According to NYC indymedia, the CML (Centro de Medios Libres of Mexico) has the tapes of Brad, tapes that show the guy who shot at him. That guy has been identified as Pedro Carmona, former president of the neighborhood Felipe Carrillo Puerto. I don't know who, in the pictures above, Pedro Carmona is.

Two more pictures of Brad moments before his dead

remy 29.Oct.2006 15:31





Pictures from El Universal (www.eluniversal.com.mx)

Brad's last footage

remy 29.Oct.2006 16:55

The best account of what happened comes from Brad's last footage itself:
 http://video.indymedia.org/download/[Indymedia]_(2006-10-29)_Infamia-contra-Bradley_ataqueArmado-en-SantaLucia-del-Camino__Oaxaca--27oct06.mp4
It is not clear from the footage who shot at him, but it is very clear who were the real agressors. The PRI-coordinated attacks in several parts of the city, documented by Brad, were a clear provocation to the people of Oaxaca. Instead of arresting Ulises Ruiz (who was yesterday in Abascal's office - minister of interior), Fox decided to send the PFP (federal police) to Oaxaca. In other words, Fox has decided to side with the murderers rather than the people of Oaxaca.

audio is graphic

bee 30.Oct.2006 04:20

the footage and audio is clear. You will hear the shot as it is fired and as it hits the journalist and you will immediately hear him scream and watch the shot fall as he does.

BRAD WILL.- NO ES PARA PUBLICAR

SIMPATIZANTE DE LA APPO 31.Oct.2006 06:45

Soy una oaxaqueña que desea que alguien en la familia de Brad pueda enterarse y sentir a través de mis palabras que él era una persona muy querida dentro de la APPO. Esa mañanana asistí al zócalo de la ciudad y nos trasladamos en un autobús que secuestramos para bloquear el periférico a la altura del parque del amor; Brad nos acompañó. Los compañeros le llamaban por su nombre y estuvo con nosotros por un buen rato hasta que los compañeros decidieron que debiamos retirarnos por ser muy pocos para controlar un crucero tan grande. Me sorprendió ver como algunas de las personas se le acercaban y le agradecían estar filmando nuestras actividades. Recuerdo la forma en que el les daba palmadas y les apretaba de los brazos para hacerles sentir su apoyo. De ahi se retiró para continuar con su labor en otros puntos de la ciudad.
No encuentro la forma de hacer llegar a su familia mi sentimiento y mi agradecimiento porque indiscutiblemente este suceso ha desencadenado la solución final al problema en mi estado. Ojalá y puedan hacerle llegar a su familia mis bendiciones. Dios los fortalezca para superar esta pérdida.
Verónica.

My friend Brad Will has been shot to death in Oaxaca

David Rovics (sent by anonymous) 31.Oct.2006 13:02

My friend Brad Will has been shot to death in Oaxaca

brad will was a dear friend, and a true revolutionary. he died the way countless and uncounted numbers of beautiful people have died in recent centuries -- he was shot in the chest by rightwing paramilitaries. he was filming the scene around one of thousands of barricades that have shut down oaxaca city since last june, when the governor there tried to ban public expressions of dissent, thus throwing one more historical spark into one more historical powder keg.

brad embodied the spirit of indymedia. he was not just covering stories that the "mainstream" press ignores, such as the exciting, violent revolutionary moment which has gripped oaxaca for several months now. brad was not risking his life to get a good shot of a confrontation at a barricade because he might get a photo on the cover of a newspaper, get some (perhaps well-deserved) fame and money -- he was posting his communiques on indymedia, for free.

sure, brad was filming in order to cover history. but he was there also to make history. brad knew that a camera is a weapon, or hopefully a shield of some sort, and sometimes can serve to de-escalate a situation, to protect people from being violated, beaten, killed. and brad knew that if the independent media didn't document history, nobody else would.

brad deeply appreciated the power of music and culture. if he didn't have a camera in his hands, he often had a guitar. during some of his many travels around latin america he wrote emails to me about the musicians he met, with whom he shared my songs and recordings. he particularly liked my song "saint patrick battalion," and reportedly shared his rendition of it with lots of people. he would not live to know just how much his life and death would resemble the san patricios, who died fighting for mexico during the first u.s. invasion of that country in the 1840's.

through all brad did and saw on large swaths of three different continents, he somehow continually brought with him a boundless enthusiasm and obvious love of life, love, a good party, or a good riot. he was my favorite kind of person, my favorite kind of revolutionary -- the sort who is just as comfortable talking about revolutionary theory, current events, music, relationships or smoking a bowl on a manhattan rooftop at sunset. the kind of person who is alive, in mind, body and spirit, in equal proportions.

brad became a radical long before it was briefly fashionable in the u.s. (with the wto protests in seattle), and long since it became unfashionable there (september 11th, 2001). the kinds of tactics and politics that the global justice movement became briefly known for were practiced by people like brad in the squatters' movement in new york city and the radical environmental movement on the west coast in the 1990's. brad was in both places and many more. brad was somewhere near the ground floor of many other more recent anarchist institutions -- food not bombs, critical mass, reclaim the streets, guerrilla gardening, indymedia. he saw the connections, deeply understood the concept of "the commons," and went for it, as an activist, a videojournalist, a musician and a cheerleader.

i never knew brad's last name until he was murdered. for me he was just brad. in my cell phone he was "brad nyc" (to distinguish him from another good friend named brad, who lives in baltimore). i don't remember talking with him much about his past, where he grew up, how he became a revolutionary, though we may have talked about that sort of thing. but generally i saw him in the course of events, whether it was a film showing/concert on a brooklyn rooftop, a land occupation in the bronx, or, just as often, a large demonstration against an evil financial institution somewhere in the world.

i've sung at many such events, and brad has been at most of them -- and he's been present at many which i didn't make it to. they're all such a blur, i don't remember which ones anymore. but the many encounters always start out with a warm smile and a hug, and usually involve some kind of chaos going on, with brad comfortably in the middle of it. sometimes -- all too rarely, i suddenly realize -- the encounters would continue after the chaos subsided, and we could be in a quiet place with a small group of people, chilling and talking about life, my favorite bits.

there have been many debates about whether it is more useful to organize large events or to focus on community organizing locally. whether to focus on recording history or making it. whether to educate or to act. whether to have a party or have a meeting. brad clearly decided that the correct answer is "all of the above." the reality of this is easy to demonstrate -- talk to anybody in new york city involved with just about any aspect of the progressive movement. it's a city of 8 million people, but if they are serious participants in the more grassroots end of the movement, they know brad. though they may not have known his last name. he's just brad, the tall, thin guy with long hair who is often flashing a warm, gentle smile with a compassionate, intelligent glint in his eye. he's often described with a connector like "brad from indymedia" or "brad from more gardens" or "brad the musician."

i haven't seen him in a while. several months at least. but suddenly i miss him so much. i miss hanging out with him in the lower east side, chilling at his place there, swapping stories. i miss the rejuvinating warmth of his presence. i miss the unspoken, mutual admiration. i miss the feeling that i was in the presence of someone who so deeply felt his connection to the world. the feeling that here was someone who would die for me, and me for him, no questions asked. and now, like so many others before him, he's done just that.

like all of the rest of us, over the generations his memory will fade and eventually disappear. but for those of us alive today who had the honor of being one of brad's large circle of friends, his memory will be with us painfully, deeply, lovingly, until we all join him beneath the ground -- hopefully only after each of us has managed to have the kind of impact on each other, on the movement, and the world that brad surely had in his short 36 years.

US covert involvement

Townsend Barker 01.Nov.2006 09:19

This type of STATE SPONSORED violence is what we can expect in the US as a direct result of George Bush and his extreme right wing policies and advisors In fact this was likely a "hit" by US spec ops people sending a message to Indymedia. School of America's anyone? Notice the US made assault rifles and vehicles in the background.

Twists and turns of the investigation around Brad Will murder

Eduardo Izquierdo 16.Nov.2006 16:15

How sad that Indymedia and the leftist intellingentsia are supporting those who may be the actual killers of Brad. As newly released material about the investigation of the murder shows: (a) Brad was received a second shot made at close distance; (b) the videos taken at the site of the shooting show brad with only one shot in the lower part of the torax; (c) the autopsy revealed that Brad died of bleeding in the abdominal, not the toracical, cavity; (d) Brad's body was taken away by APPO members suppoesedly with the purpose of delivering it to a Hospital for treatment, but never actually made its way to ANY hospital at all for treatment; (e)he was delivered already dead to the amphytheater two and a half hours after the original shooting; (f) in the videos it can easily be heard that somebody quite close to Brad is demanding him to turn off his camera. Connect the points and get the real picture.

BRAD WILL LIVE

(A) 14.Feb.2007 01:30

BRAD WILL LIVE