Mexican Forces Assault Oaxaca

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It appears as if the Mexican government has regained control of Oaxaca after unleashing a full scale assault on the city. The Reuters report is a bit vague, but it sounds as if the federal forces have driven the protesters completely out of almost all areas.

OAXACA, Mexico (Reuters) – Thousands of riot police backed by helicopters and armored trucks broke up burning barricades to seize Mexico's popular tourist city of Oaxaca on Sunday, firing water cannons to disperse leftist protesters.

In the city's main square, hundreds of activists carrying metal poles and sticks braced for a showdown with the police, who gathered at the four corners of the plaza holding riot shields and wearing gas masks.

Hundreds more demonstrators surrounded six busloads of unarmed police in another part of the city, forcing them to flee and setting fire to the buses.

Mexico sent federal forces to seize the picturesque colonial city, which striking teachers and activists have occupied since May to demand the state governor's resignation, after gunmen thought to be local police shot dead a U.S. journalist and two other people on Friday.

Protesters fled as armored trucks, with V-shaped plows and flanked by riot police, moved on the city center, destroying barricades of burning tires, rocks and old furniture.

They fired water cannon at anyone in their way and SWAT teams with assault rifles followed behind them.

A group of protesters threw rocks at the trucks as helicopters buzzed overhead, and another burning bus blocked a downtown intersection.

Several blocks from the city center, dozens of demonstrators, many using goggles to protect their eyes from tear gas, waited behind a barricade of burning tires, which sent plumes of thick smoke into the evening sky.

"It makes me annoyed that I can't do anything," said Maylet Pacheco, a 26-year-old teacher. "We asked for a solution and this is what they offer us," she said, pointing down the street at advancing riot police.

Here's a hint: the solution is not to take to the streets and ruin your own city. This is the stupidity of the leftists. Or rather the tools who follow the directions of their leftist leaders. The leaders want power, they don't care who gets hurt so long as they get it.

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2 Responses to Mexican Forces Assault Oaxaca

  1. Mark in Mexico, who lives there, is the go-to guy on this and has been posting up a storm. He sauntered by the University earlier today and posted some photos, but left when he heard what might have been gunfire. I expect he’ll been posting on this quite soon, though he’s had Blogger problems.

  2. Gaius says:

    I know, I tried to get to his site but it was down.

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