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Stephen

Adelaide, Australia

#1 Feb 13, 2011
I am due to go back to Oaxaca from Australia later this year./but the Australian Government says that Oaxaca is too dangerous due to 2 groups of indigenas fighting. Can someone tell ne what has beeb going and who is fighting? I want to go to Ciudad de Oaxaca, but if the Zapotecs are fighting, is it safe anywhere in Oaxaca?

Saludos, S
jon2

Mexico

#2 Feb 15, 2011
Stephen wrote:
I am due to go back to Oaxaca from Australia later this year./but the Australian Government says that Oaxaca is too dangerous due to 2 groups of indigenas fighting. Can someone tell ne what has beeb going and who is fighting? I want to go to Ciudad de Oaxaca, but if the Zapotecs are fighting, is it safe anywhere in Oaxaca?
Saludos, S
I am in Oaxaca escaping a northern US winter. Oaxaca is safe! The squabbles between a couple of out lying villages do not affect tourists. I will be here 3 months.

The sad and bad news is from northern Mexico. Oaxaca remains a wonderful and safe place. I walk streets at night with more of a sense of safety than in my home city.
chaparrita

Lakewood, WA

#3 Feb 15, 2011
My husband got sent back to Oaxaca in Jan of 2011, we make it a habit to speak to each other every day. I do worry about him due to the drug war that's currupting Mexico. But we put our "faith and trust" in God's hands. That God will protect him, and one day he will be back home with his family.
I've herd only good things about Oaxaca, and one day we will visit there. "I PRAY THE HANDS OF GOD BE UPON MEXICO AND HIS PEOPLE..."
Bob Findlay

Sydney, Australia

#4 Feb 15, 2011
My daughter just phoned from Oaxaca a few moments ago. She was caught up in riots only a couple of hours ago in the centre of the city while trying to get back to her backpacker accommodation. There were gun shots, tear gas and a mass stampede of protestors from the military reaction to the student rioting. Things have quietened down since the departure of the Mexican president from the city.
jon2

Orizaba, Mexico

#5 Feb 16, 2011
Yes yesterday was a bit of a ruckus if one was in the Zocolo.
I had many errands to do yesterday and by steering around the Zocolo avoided all unsettling events.
I walked to the Zoloco last night, being a gringo I stick out some, all the hub bub being over, it will take some cleaning up but calm and beauty prevail in Oaxaca. I will stay and I will return.
Tanya

Citrus Heights, CA

#6 Feb 16, 2011
I have been trying to locate my son's father that lives in Oaxaca. I have not spoked to him since August, and he spoked to my sister in Sept, but ever since, no one has heard from him. My 5 year old has been asking for daddy, and I have nowhere's to turn, and don't know how to locate him online, or anywheres else because I do not speak spanish. I fear that something may had happened, and it hurts me! Last I heard at the end of Sept there was a hurricane/muslide that had happened, thousands went missing, and some were killed. I'm afraid he is one of those involved. Do anyone know how I could locate him? Any databases? Police that may speak english! This is unusual for him to not call.. or come home. Thanks!!

u may email me @ cristiansmomma@hotmail.com

thanks again
Aj Garcia

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Feb 21, 2011
I am going to a village in Oaxaca this summer to do some volunteer work, and I was wondering if it's safe for me. Or should i choose to go to Panama? I really need help! Cause i really want to go, but I'm not sure if it would be safe for me and my origination. If you could give me some info that would be awesome! thanks so much!
Denise Garcia

Brainerd, MN

#8 Feb 24, 2011
my thoughts and prayers are with you all!!!lol
Chapparrita

Tacoma, WA

#9 Mar 2, 2011
Hi I am concered about you. If you need someone to help you, email me at napualani7@hotmial.com I hope the best for you and your family!!!
Tanya wrote:
I have been trying to locate my son's father that lives in Oaxaca. I have not spoked to him since August, and he spoked to my sister in Sept, but ever since, no one has heard from him. My 5 year old has been asking for daddy, and I have nowhere's to turn, and don't know how to locate him online, or anywheres else because I do not speak spanish. I fear that something may had happened, and it hurts me! Last I heard at the end of Sept there was a hurricane/muslide that had happened, thousands went missing, and some were killed. I'm afraid he is one of those involved. Do anyone know how I could locate him? Any databases? Police that may speak english! This is unusual for him to not call.. or come home. Thanks!!
u may email me @ cristiansmomma@hotmail.com
thanks again
Kathy

Gloversville, NY

#10 Mar 6, 2011
I am hoping to visit Oaxaca later this month and am also concerned about travel in Mexico. Unfortunately when violence erupts it is what we hear about in the US. Any thoughts from Gringos/Gringas who are there now? How is it in the State of Oaxaca?
Stephen wrote:
I am due to go back to Oaxaca from Australia later this year./but the Australian Government says that Oaxaca is too dangerous due to 2 groups of indigenas fighting. Can someone tell ne what has beeb going and who is fighting? I want to go to Ciudad de Oaxaca, but if the Zapotecs are fighting, is it safe anywhere in Oaxaca?
Saludos, S
jon2

Mexico

#11 Mar 6, 2011
Kathy wrote:
I am hoping to visit Oaxaca later this month and am also concerned about travel in Mexico. Unfortunately when violence erupts it is what we hear about in the US. Any thoughts from Gringos/Gringas who are there now? How is it in the State of Oaxaca?
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I've been here just over two months, my annual escape from winter. Love the and tranquil nature of the place. Yes when the Mexican President came to visit it was a rowdy for a day, that passed in 24 hours, and was no concern to tourists.
publishingpamela

Santa Fe, NM

#12 Mar 19, 2011
I have booked the month of may in oxaca. This was the dream trip from my boyfriend and I of which we had planned nine years. He died before we could leave of pancreatic cancer. I am going alone.
I really have no fear but find thie website a good source of information and intend to follow it.
Pamela
publishingpamela

Santa Fe, NM

#13 Mar 19, 2011
I am coming to Oaxaca city to go to a languqage school for the month of may. I find this an interesting and useful website, will check it often.

Pamela
Ted

Victoria, Canada

#14 Mar 21, 2011
I know this might not be the right place to post this... I have come and gone from Oaxaca 4 times in the last year. I lease a home in the Centre of the City.
Just resently I was away for the weekend, and my roomate(a local professional Mexican) who had a party for Friends and Relatives...was Murdered, the police and their form of FBI were great with me, and I was the one who discovered the body which had been there for 2 1/2 days, in my house. I knew about the party, and even looking around after everything seemed pretty normal, dishes done, candles out, music turned off, and nothing really disturbed expect the area of the altracation... No Idea what happen.. although 2 new tv;s were taken and an expense internet phone, but to me that was an afterthought.
I am trying to find out if anyone has read any news of the event , and if anyone was charged.
I hope this does not scare people away from Oaxaca, I find it a very safe place, and less scarey than Victoria bc where i resided most of the time. Yes there are politcal uprisings and the teachers hold protests but basically it is calm , wonderful and culturally enlightening.
I must say the police were wonderful with me and made me feel at rest, not Like the movies...lol..
If anyone has any information about the Death of Marco Perez Garcia...please respond.. thanks Ted
Tanya

Citrus Heights, CA

#15 Mar 21, 2011
I am sorry to hear about that incident. I had looked up and came across this article-http://www.eluniversal .com.mx/notas/749931.html

am unsure if it states that someone was charged or not. I do not speak Spanish.

while I am writing this, I thought I let you all know that I had found my son's father.He had lost contact with us, and had called a local restaurant, who dishwasher guy went to another restaurant that I am fa miler with, and had asked around about me, and they called me.. I was so happy! He has called about 8 times in the past week since he found me.
jmb

Saint Cloud, MN

#16 Mar 28, 2011
oaxaca is safe as usual.
the only problem is that good people can't buy guns so only bad guys have guns..
that would solve alot of problems is they made it easier for retail workers to pack heat..
I wouldn't be worried, I just came back apart from some tear gas grenades occasionally I never felt nervous!! it was an awesome trip!
jonQ

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Mar 29, 2011
jmb wrote:
oaxaca is safe as usual.
the only problem is that good people can't buy guns so only bad guys have guns..
that would solve alot of problems is they made it easier for retail workers to pack heat..
I wouldn't be worried, I just came back apart from some tear gas grenades occasionally I never felt nervous!! it was an awesome trip!
Really you must be kidding! More guns would make it a safer place? What color is the sky in your world.
Stephen

Adelaide, Australia

#18 Apr 19, 2011
Muchas gracias Jon2.

Ciudad de Oaxaca is my favourite place in the world. It's even better than Bali, which is only 6 hours from here as opposed to 40 hrs. Oaxaca looks like my home, but the people make it special.

Thanks,
Stephen
jon2 wrote:
<quoted text>
I am in Oaxaca escaping a northern US winter. Oaxaca is safe! The squabbles between a couple of out lying villages do not affect tourists. I will be here 3 months.
The sad and bad news is from northern Mexico. Oaxaca remains a wonderful and safe place. I walk streets at night with more of a sense of safety than in my home city.
Jon

Mifflinburg, PA

#19 Apr 19, 2011
Hi Ted,

I am interested in living in Oaxaca with my girlfriend and would like to hear your experiences. I am glad to hear that the police have been helpful.

In retrospect, do you still consider Oaxaca a safe city for foreigners to live in? Especially, a young girl from United States with little Spanish fluency?

You can email me at nanogreenwood@gmail.com

thanks,

Jon
Ted wrote:
I know this might not be the right place to post this... I have come and gone from Oaxaca 4 times in the last year. I lease a home in the Centre of the City.
Just resently I was away for the weekend, and my roomate(a local professional Mexican) who had a party for Friends and Relatives...was Murdered, the police and their form of FBI were great with me, and I was the one who discovered the body which had been there for 2 1/2 days, in my house. I knew about the party, and even looking around after everything seemed pretty normal, dishes done, candles out, music turned off, and nothing really disturbed expect the area of the altracation... No Idea what happen.. although 2 new tv;s were taken and an expense internet phone, but to me that was an afterthought.
I am trying to find out if anyone has read any news of the event , and if anyone was charged.
I hope this does not scare people away from Oaxaca, I find it a very safe place, and less scarey than Victoria bc where i resided most of the time. Yes there are politcal uprisings and the teachers hold protests but basically it is calm , wonderful and culturally enlightening.
I must say the police were wonderful with me and made me feel at rest, not Like the movies...lol..
If anyone has any information about the Death of Marco Perez Garcia...please respond.. thanks Ted
Bliss

Atlixco, Mexico

#20 Apr 20, 2011
Stephen wrote:
I am due to go back to Oaxaca from Australia later this year./but the Australian Government says that Oaxaca is too dangerous due to 2 groups of indigenas fighting. Can someone tell ne what has beeb going and who is fighting? I want to go to Ciudad de Oaxaca, but if the Zapotecs are fighting, is it safe anywhere in Oaxaca?
Saludos, S
I am a 66 year old American woman who feels safer in Oaxaca than in most areas of the US. I have lived here for 6 years. It is an amazing city full of colonial buildings and ruins. Oaxaca has it's problems and lots of blockades, but it is not the drug and violence infested border area which is 1000 miles away. I have learned to read the media pieces with a grain of salt especially the internet ones. Mexico's violence sells. So the journalists constantly blow localized problems way out of proportion and run a lot of old photos such as burning buses. Tourists are safe. You can walk at night here throughout the city.

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