Urbin Report

Sunday, October 29, 2006

More on Mexico

Austin Bay has a round up on the violence in Oaxaca, which includes this AP story:

Shop owners shuttered their businesses and demonstrators built up street barricades Saturday after President Vicente Fox ordered federal police to intervene in picturesque Oaxaca, torn by more than five months of protests and violence.

Fox, who leaves office Dec. 1, had refused repeated requests to use force in Oaxaca even as the city slid into chaos. But gun battles Friday that killed a U.S. journalist and at least two Mexicans apparently exhausted his patience.

Fox’s Interior Department issued an ominous statement late Saturday demanding protest leaders “immediately hand over streets, plazas, public buildings and private property” so that federal authorities can “guarantee public order and adherence to the law, as well as preserve respect for the population’s individual guarantees.”

This is just part of the problems that are causing Mexicans to flee to America.