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Monitoring the Humanitarian Convoy BETY CARIÑO and JYRI JAKKOLA

Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola

First report.

The convoy that departed from Oaxaca from the church of Xochimico at 5am left with approximately three private vehicles, a 49 person bus, as well as with 1 truck full of basic necessities including coal, canned food, clothing, corn, beans and rice.

Having left from the Oaxaca city square where they met with a convoy coming from Mexico City, 7 passenger buses were gathered without counting private vehicles transporting basic supplies. The convoy that left Oaxaca arrived in Huajuapan at eight thirty, however they were met by state police taking photos of the buses.

1:10pm Passing by the town of Tonala, about 50 people gathered to show support.

1:22pm The convoy makes a stop in the Enchanted Lagoon to asses the situation with police continuing to film our comrades.

1:33pm There is a rumor that the PRI candidate for governor Eviel Perez Magaña, wants to head the convoy.

We make Eviel Perez Magaña liable for his irresponsibility and political proselytizing in Juxtlahuaca, seeing this as an act of provocation and harassment of the convoy.

1:36pm The convoy decides to walk given that they are being continually harassed.

2:30pm The convoy continues on its way towards Santa Rosa Caxtlahuaca since there is a UPOE and state police blockade, now traveling both in front and behind the convoy with approximately 22 trucks, 11 in front and 11 in back, with the 18 convoy vehicles in between (trucks, private vehicles and basic supplies).

Therefore the convoy calls on the state attorney general to fulfill its role and stop harassing, allow the convoy to break the paramilitary fence and to deliver humanitarian aid and basic supplies, and the gathering of personal testimonies from within the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala.

We continue to monitor the situation.

Asamblea en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio del Istmo de Tehuantepec, Brigadas Indígenas 94, CACITA, CASOTA, Coatlicue, Colectivo Revolver, Comunidad Benito Juárez Chimalapa, Coordinadora Juvenil Libertaria, Frente Cívico Teotiteco, Yunhiz Espacio Alternativo, Radio Ricardo Flores Magón, Radio Totopo, Universidad de la Tierra, Familiares de Lorenzo Sampablo, VOCAL, Autonomía Radial, RADIO PLANTON.


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