Saturday, October 28, 2006

Oaxaca, Mexico: Fox finally moves - will send in federal forces today

President Vicente Fox has finally decided to take some action to recover control of the state of Oaxaca. He will begin moving federal forces into the state, with the largest concentration here in the capitol city. Fox announced that the federal forces would initially include armed Federal Preventive Police (PFP) with anti-riot tanks to begin removing the barricades that are set up all over the state. They would be followed by "unarmed" preventive police to maintain order over the long term.

Since much of the violence and killing over the past 5 months has been in outlying areas of the state, the PFP will have its hands full. When they begin trying to remove the barricades here in Oaxaca de Juarez, they'll also have their hands full. This should be an interesting day.

There was yet another shooting death late yesterday afternoon, bring the casualty toll over the past 24 hours to 3 dead and at least a dozen more wounded.

Ambassador Garza has issued a statement, made personally, abhorring the violence and lawlessness and, once again, urging Americans to avoid the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.

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