12 radio stations seized by protesters in Mexico

first_imgRadio station owners urged the Mexican government to send federal police to restore order. President Vicente Fox’s spokesman, Ruben Aguilar, said the federal government is monitoring the situation but did not plan to intervene.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAXACA, Mexico – The picturesque colonial city of Oaxaca sank further into chaos Monday as protesters armed with machetes, pipes and clubs seized 12 private radio stations, cut off highways, and blockaded bus terminals and newspaper offices. The smell of uncollected garbage and tires burning at barricades hung over the city, a popular tourist destination, and some businesses ran short of water after demonstrators refused to allow water trucks into central Oaxaca. About 3,000 leftists and striking teachers wielding machetes and clubs marched through the city, demanding punishment for an early morning assault in which unidentified gunmen shot up a state-owned radio station that has been occupied since Aug. 1. Protesters said a male teacher was wounded and taken to a hospital, but the extent of his injuries was not immediately known. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The state government denied it had anything to do with the attack, which also damaged equipment. Protesters have used the facility to broadcast their demands for the resignation of Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz. Some 70,000 public-school teachers went on strike May 22 to demand salary increases totaling about $125 million, but the government said it couldn’t afford that and counteroffered less than one-tenth of that amount. The protesters have since expanded their demands to include the resignation of Ruiz, whom they accuse of rigging the state election in 2004 and of using force to repress dissent. Ruiz belongs to the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which has governed the state since 1929. The teachers refused to halt their three-month-old strike to allow 1.3 million students to return to classes Monday, the start of the new school year. Private schools remained closed because of the unrest. The morning attack apparently prompted protesters to seize the other stations, all privately owned. The protesters still controlled all 12 stations late Monday, airing live speeches carrying leftist themes. last_img

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