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Oaxaca: The Painful But Necessary Birth of a Popular Revolt

Recent events in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico have overturned the political climate in the country. More than 70 years of single party politics has finally changed at the national level. However, these winds of change never arrived in Oaxaca, where we have a dictatorial system of government that allows for killers of protesters - such as the case of Indymedia reporter Brad Will - to walk freely. Never before in the recent history of the state of Oaxaca have we seen such a degree of popular mobilizations for political purposes. Hundreds of thousands of people have shown up to peacefully demonstrate their support for the dismissal of the state governor, Ulises Ernesto Ruiz Ortiz.