Calderon sees Oaxaca as Mexico's main...

Calderon sees Oaxaca as Mexico's main problem

There are 33 comments on the Reuters story from Sep 19, 2006, titled Calderon sees Oaxaca as Mexico's main problem. In it, Reuters reports that:

MEXICO CITY - Mexican President-elect Felipe Calderon views violent disturbances in the tourist city of Oaxaca, where protesters are trying to oust the governor, as the country's biggest challenge, a top aide ...

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joe lee

Andover, MN

#1 Sep 20, 2006
STOP THE VIOLENT!!!!!!!!!!
Phyllis Logan

Springfield, OH

#2 Sep 21, 2006
from all that I have read the violence against people (killings and beatings) have been done by police at the orders of the governer or by thugs hired by the goveoner.
MUA

San Diego, CA

#3 Sep 23, 2006
YOU ARE DUMB I HATE CALDERON!!!!!!DIE!!!!!!!
Tom Brooklyn

AOL

#4 Sep 28, 2006
Phyllis Logan wrote:
from all that I have read the violence against people (killings and beatings) have been done by police at the orders of the governer or by thugs hired by the goveoner.
Correct. You can add kidnappings by plainclothes cops to the list too. The kidnapped are local leaders of various campesino communities, now in prisons inside Oaxaca state or elsewhere in the country. As for Calderon's statements about the violence, he turns the situation on its head. It is state-fostered violence against working people who are fighting for a clean government and fair treatment.
Patrick

Mexico

#5 Sep 28, 2006
Not correct. APPO has administered beatings liberally and has threatened many others. Their attack last Sunday on the Hotel Camino Real involved weapons. APPO is scarcely fighting for clean government. They are fighting for power, period. So far, the only people hurt in the protests in Oaxaca are the poor. Children in private schools are going to school. It the poor kids who have no schools. The jobs that have been lost were filled by the poor, not the rich or middle class.

The usual rhetoric of "working people fighting for a clean government and fair treatment" ignores both the complexity of the problems and the reality of Oaxaca.
JERRY

Caddo Mills, TX

#6 Oct 2, 2006
NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO HOLD HOSTAGE A CITY OF ANYWHERE FOR 4 MONTHS DISRUPTING NOT ONLY THE SCHOOLS, THE COMERCE, TOURISM AND EVERYTHING THAT MAKES THE LIVEHOOD OF EVERYBODY.
IMAGEN THAT TO HAPPEN IN CHICAGO, NEW YORK OR LOS ANGELES. HOW WILL THE GOVERMENT RESPOND?
THE GOVERMENT IN DEED HAS BEEN VERY SLOW TO RESPOND
AND IT IS TIME FOR THEM TO ACT ON BEHALVE OF THE STATE AND THE WELFARE OF THEIR PEOPLE AND LETS HOLD THE LEADER OF THIS PROTEST RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY VIOLENCE THAT MAY UNSUE IN A COURT OF LOW
JERRY

Caddo Mills, TX

#7 Oct 2, 2006
OOPSS.....I MEAN OF "LAW"
JERRY

Caddo Mills, TX

#8 Oct 2, 2006
IN RESPONCE TO "MUA" IN A FREE WORLD I GUESS YOU CAN WISH THE DEAT OF CALDERON.....AND THAT MEANS THAT YOU HAVE CRIMINAL MIND... PRESIDENT CHAVEZ OF VENEZUELA HAS CALLED PRESIDENT BUSH A NUMBER OF THINGS AND HAS NEVER REPLIED TO HIM, AND MAKES IT A REAL MAN I HOPE YOU ARE ONE.
extern

Kiev, Ukraine

#9 Oct 3, 2006
When for sake Mexico it will become a democtatic state? When this totalitarian idiot will go home?
Todd

San Antonio, TX

#10 Oct 4, 2006
This is why nothing will change under Calderon. Oaxaca is not a problem it is a symptom. If Mexico does not begin to deal with the real problem, Mexico's vast socio-economic inequalities, then situations in Oaxaca will continue to plauge Mexico.
YCNAN

Tehuacán, Mexico

#11 Oct 30, 2006
HELLO TO EVERYBODY

I AM A MEXICAN STUDENT; I AM FROM OAXACA. I FEEL REALLY BAD ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY PEOPLE OVER HERE. FROM MY POINT OF VIEW WE REACHED A POINT WHERE POLITIC INTERESTS ARE THE CONCERN OF GOVERNORS BUT HUMAN RIGHTS. TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THAT NEXT DECEMBER 1ST 2006 MR. CALDERON WOULD BE DECLARED PRESIDENT OF MEXICO, AS ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THE APPO (FLAVIO SOSA) SAID,THE MAIN REASON WHY MEXICAN GOVERNMENT DOES NOT WANT ULISES RUIZ TO LEAVE THE GORVERNMENT IN OAXACA STATE IS THAT THE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT OF THE INSTITUTIONAL REVOLUTIONARY PARTY (PRI)OF OAXACA WILL NOT BE PRESENT AND RECOGNIZE THE DECLARATION OF MR. CALDERON AS THE PRESIDENT OF MEXICO IF ULISES RUIZ IS NOT SUPPORTED AS THE GOVERNOR OF OAXACA. THEN, THE POLITICAL INTERESTS WITH BIAS BEHIND THIS "ATTEMPT TO RECOVER PEACE IN OAXACA" IS OF COMMON SENSE.
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Jackson

Willmar, MN

#12 Nov 22, 2006
i am not liking this!!!!!!!!!!
Whan kdlfjkldsjf

Willmar, MN

#13 Nov 22, 2006
this is not cool
Dave Tallent

Oakland, CA

#14 Nov 22, 2006
Well, apparently Oaxaca has no legal means of impeachment or recall, because if they did, Ruiz would be out of office and the whole situation would be defused. What I see missing from all the remarks by Calderon, Obredor, Sosa and all the commentators that disparage the situation and blame it on one thing or the other, is any suggestion about how the lives of Oaxacans could be improved besides migrating to America.
Patrick

San Andrés Cholula, Mexico

#15 Nov 22, 2006
How can the lives of Oaxaqueños be improved. For starters, the APPO thugs could leave and find another line of work. Long term, it has to be recognized that while life in a remote village has some benefits, prosperity isn't one of them. The future of the villages is the past.

Exactly how things should change is up to the local people. I don't come from a place that has done such a great job that I think we can tell them what to do.

I have lived in Oaxaca for only 8 years but in that time I've seen a lot of changes for the better.
Dan

United States

#16 Nov 24, 2006
Patrick wrote:
How can the lives of Oaxaqueños be improved. For starters, the APPO thugs could leave and find another line of work. Long term, it has to be recognized that while life in a remote village has some benefits, prosperity isn't one of them. The future of the villages is the past.
Exactly how things should change is up to the local people. I don't come from a place that has done such a great job that I think we can tell them what to do.
I have lived in Oaxaca for only 8 years but in that time I've seen a lot of changes for the better.
What is the safest way to get from the airport to a hotel near the zocala?
Dan

United States

#17 Nov 24, 2006
I am going to Oaxaca next week. What is the safest way to get from the airport to a hotel near the zocala?
Hombre

United States

#18 Nov 24, 2006
MUA wrote:
YOU ARE DUMB I HATE CALDERON!!!!!!DIE!!!!!!!
Hey. Nice feller there.
I kinda guess he's an outstanding member of APPO.
Maybe they're right. Maybe they do need better teachers. ; )
Anyway, I'm glad that he is representing APPO, the Leftist Commies and radicals and so forth, because he is doing such a good job of reinforcing their commitment to peaceful solutions.
Hombre

United States

#19 Nov 24, 2006
Patrick wrote:
... it has to be recognized that while life in a remote village has some benefits, prosperity isn't one of them.
I don't believe that the recognition of factual reality is something that is pushed by the communist manifesto, but rather a sort of notion or rather, fantasy, that everyone should have an equal share of earths' bounty regardless of any contributing factor. I think that may also be a primal directive within the pages of the 'Thieves Journal of Ideology and Etiquette'.
Ray

AOL

#20 Jan 4, 2007
Just received this:

OAXACA: A New Beginning
After a Long, Dark Night

A Message of Hope from Oaxaca

Dear Ray,

We are so glad to send you this message of hope, promise and gratitude from Oaxaca where we have experienced a difficult time in our history. There are many varying opinions about just what happened and why. It is not our place here to resolve these complex political and social issues that have effected every one of our citizens; bellhops and chambermaids, taxi drivers and shopkeepers, waiters and weavers.
As you can no doubt imagine, we just want to regain some sense of comfort and ease - to get back to our daily lives of work and family and community that have been so interrupted. It has been hard on everyone here - mothers, fathers and children alike, but we did get through it and we can't wait to see our friends come back to visit.

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