Saturday, October 28, 2006

Indymedia Journalist Covering Oaxaca Resistance Murdered

NYC Indymedia volunteer Brad Will killed in attack by Paramilitaries in Oaxaca

Foto: La Reforma

Paramilitaries attacked the barricades near Oaxaca's office of justice, in the Calicanto municipality. There are sereveal injured and one person dead.

Indymedia New York's reporter, BRAD WILL, was shot in the chest and died before he made it to the hospital; Oswaldo Ramírez, photographer for Milenio Diario, has also been shot and is injured in the foot.

THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT BRAD FROM A PERSON WHO WAS THERE WITH HIM:
- He was at the Santa Lucia Barricade
- He was shot from a distance of 30-40 meters right in the pit of the stomach
- It was urban paramilitary Priistas in plain clothes who shot him
- People then pulled him away to safety; its confirmed that he's dead; his body is at the red cross in oaxaca
- 3 additional dead (4 total); 1 member of radio universidad was injured, he went to the hospital in a volkswagen cuz no ambulances would come

More information: English report
NarcoNews (english) - CML - La Jornada - IMC México

SOURCE: Indymedia (where the comments section grows rapidly with further developments)

Also see Narconews' Coverage, from which the following snips are derived:

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 del Camino, on the outskirts of Oaxaca, Mexico. He died with his video camera in his hands.

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Brad Will's Assassins, identified by El Universal: Juan Carlos Soriano Velasco (red tshirt), a police officer known as "the Grasshopper"; Manuel Aguilar (dark jacket), city personnel director; and public safety chief Avel Santiago Zárate (red shirt)
Photo: D.R. 2006 El Universal

More on from Narconews here.

Also see Federal Police Authorized to Enter Oaxaca


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