Brad Will’s Assassins
Photo: D.R. 2006 El Universal
Elaine Meinel Supkis
The police in Mexico, secure in their power after the fake election there, attack protestors, killing an American filmaker and some teachers. Of course, the fascists running American news media lie about all this pretending there was 'an exchange of gunfire' which is totally repudiated by the facts shown on the video made by the dead American documentary maker.
By REBECA ROMERO, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 59 minutes ago
OAXACA, Mexico - A New York journalist who documented upheaval throughout Latin America was killed along with two Mexican men in a shootout in the historic city of Oaxaca, where leftist protesters have been trying for five months to oust the governor. Several other people were injured.
The gunfire erupted in a rough neighborhood when armed men tried to remove a blockade set up by protesters who are demanding the resignation of Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz, said a police official who was not authorized to speak on the record. Both sides fired but it was not clear who shot first, he said.
I have been shot at when I was doing the same things as Will. I have been in more than one police riot too. We call them police riots because the police attack unarmed demonstrators. We do throw rocks but this is normal when demonstrators are holding off the police who want to clear the streets when fascists take over via fraud.
The USA's dictator, 'waterboard kidnapped victims' Bush, praised taking to the streets and demonstrating to bring down governments who might have cheated in elections. He upheld this in Ukraine and in Lebanon, Romania and Poland, in fact, any of the former Soviet states, it is a good thing to bring down the government. Orange revolutions are good!
But our trading partner and next door neighbor, such actions are evil to Bush and his gang so it is OK to murder teachers and workers in cold blood right out in the open. Tiananmin Square-type massacres have happened there and the USA not only doesn't protest, it doesn't even notice.
In all the actions where authorities murdered or severely wounded American kids, they always pretend the police were attacked and were only responding. This is FAKE. The police love to chase down and beat people, I have personally witnessed this more than once. One time, I was standing on a wall above a huge demonstration and the police decided to attack. The students couldn't exit because the police were blocking the only open exit. So I and four young men called people to come to the wall and we pulled over hundreds of students. As we pulled people over the wall, some of the ones we rescued remained with us to pull over more students so it was a waterfall of bodies pouring upwards. My arms ached from the effort but I kept it up (I was a long distance runner back then).
A dear friend of mine was watching the People's Park police riot from his roof when the sheriffs shot him in the face, blinding him. My ex-husband was shot at in the same riot but ducked behind a car. I have been shot at while doing medic work at demonstrations. Once, at an anti-WTO demonstration in San Francisco, I was standing at the edge of a demonstration, arranging my equipment for the march when a black-clad riot cop came up behind me and tried to hit me on the back of the head only a young man jumped in between and took the blow.
When the Mexican government shot their own students in the 1968 massacre at the University in Mexico City, I was horrified. In Europe, where we took over more than one university that year, no one was shot even though they did bring tanks into the streets. I said, 'They will kill American students' when our government didn't protest these murders. And sure enough, they did kill American students.
Brad Will, 36, a documentary filmmaker and reporter for Indymedia in New York, Bolivia and Brazil, died today of a gunshot to the chest when pro-government attackers opened fire on a barricade in the neighborhood of Santa Lucia El Camino, on the outskirts of Oaxaca, Mexico. He died with his video camera in his hands.
Brad Will was known and liked throughout the hemisphere, and in its media centers from New York to Sao Paulo to Mexico City. Tonight his body lies in the same Oaxaca morgue he visited and wrote about last week. He will not go silently into the long night of repression that the illegitimate governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, President Vicente Fox and his illegitimate successor Felipe Calderon have created in Oaxaca, and, indeed, in so much of Mexico. It was inevitable that soon an international reporter would join the growing list of the assassinated under the repressive regimes of Mexico (others had already been raped and beaten in Atenco, only to be deported from the country last May). Tonight it was Brad, doing the responsible and urgent work, video camera in hand, of breaking the Commercial Media blockade.
It is obvious not only from the video and the photos of this murder, the fat men running towards the demonstrators are not dodging gunfire, they seem to be pretty obvious targets if they were running into gunfire! They are moving forwards, not running from gunfire. They are carrying guns and none of the photos show anyone else carrying guns.
Here is the murderer, he is easy to identify and he isn't showing any sign of fear nor is he dodging any bullets.
They are so certain they can shoot and kill, they don't bother to hide behind a tree or a car, they stand there out in the total open, aiming right at the photographer and then killing him! This 'exchange of fire' crap is just like when we had Reagan and his Iran/Contra fascists messing around in Central America, 'the nuns exchanged fire and were killed' is pretty famous.
The USA is being flooded with economic refugees from Mexico. The USA is so worried Mexico might end up like Venezuela or Boliva, our rulers openly conspire with the fascists running the place for us and are nakedly vicious. I keep telling people who yap about China's repressions to stop it and pay attention to next door, hell, the USA's own cities. We have no right to condemn or complain about China when we are the chief architects of much of the world's oppression!
Americans daring to look at reality are denied diplomatic protection. The USA dictator will collude with the dicator running Mexico, both of them, the outgoing and incoming ruling class elites, and cover up the truth of this murder. The murderer is easily identified and could be arrested today but the American media, a bunch of fascist whores, will pretend this can't be done because 'everyone was shooting and these things happen' as if this were accidental and not deliberate.
Al Jazeera is suing the British government because they learned Blair openly talked about killing the witnesses to the American criminal invasion of Iraq. Blair is a war criminal, like Bush, and he thinks it is OK to kill witnesses of the war crimes being done in his name. He and Bush call reporting the facts, 'propaganda' while the blatant lies churned out by the ruling class are called 'the truth.'
Mexico is no different from China except it is less competent. I have witnessed repression in Mexico, when I was a child, an uprising in Sonora was brutally suppressed. And from my earliest years, I have hated the government of Mexico which has denied their people sovereignty by letting American elites lord it over the good people of that lovely country (it is very beautiful)---we share the fates of the Mexican people for the plan is to reduce Americans to the same status, the same poverty, the same grinding oppression as the people of Mexico are forced to endure.
The corruption and vicious open murderous actions of the Mexican authorities will end up happening here. Right now, Americans have been browbeaten into accepting obviously stolen elections. But now, many Americans are alarmed and angry about this and eventually even the sleeping citizens of this off the cliff empire will wake up and realize we are in the same boat as the Chinese and Mexican peasants.
With 70% of the country sick and tired of Republican misrule, there is going to be an explosion of anger if the next election is stolen by Diebold. If this happens, we should not be surprised to find the troops that are accustomed to shooting and killing helpless civilians in Mexico and Iraq, coming here and doing the same. What alarms me even more is, much of our military recruiting is from Mexico and these soldiers will be brought here as mercenaries to make the USA resemble Mexico even more. Bush's attorney general's family came from Mexico in the last 50 years and he has that ethos: torture and police state tatics are good for America.
This is probably why Bush has selected Catholic fascists for the Supreme Court: to turn us into a clone of Spanish Imperial colonies. This is why he is buying a huge plot of land in Paraguay. The USA, after its revolution, has been fighting the Spanish empire and invading Mexico for a long time. After a series of wars, we took much of Mexico and a number of Spanish colonies and we still menace Cuba and instigate coups all over South and Central America and if coups fail, we invade like Panama, for example.
The source of much of these countries' problems is the USA and the effort at suppressing, stealing from and controlling the peasants of half of the earth has turned the USA into an imperial, out of control monster.
The Spanish-American war was faked. The Mexican-American war was caused by Americans invading Texas. We took Florida. We have a long record of taking over Spanish lands. And always, we trumpet about how we bring peace and plenty and remove the yoke of the Vatican and king from the people's necks.
Now we are finding ourselves in exactly that: the Vatican and the world's stupidest king, ruining America, ripping up our Constitution, working hand in glove to oppress everyone living in Catholic lands south of our border, conspiring with the Pope to oppress the people. Gads. The kings of Spain were demented. No shock to see our own new rulers equally so.