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Monday, October 30, 2006


The Mexican government has been violently surpressing an ongoing protest in Oaxaca, a poor state in southern Mexico. Several people have been killed in the past few days, including an American independent journalist. I can't even begin to get a handle on everything happening down there, but it is bad, and it's an insight into the true nature of the Mexican government. ANSWER and NarcoNews have plenty of details.

My general, but possibly mistaken, impression is that the government of Mexico is every bit as corrupt as the government of the U.S. The big difference is that almost all Mexicans know it. This may not mean that the repression in Oaxaca will cause the Mexican masses to rise up and overthrow the government, but I doubt if Mexican politicians will be able to use applause lines in speeches congratulating themselves on their repressive techniques.