by Cunt Incognita, FOTZE in Berlin — she=he
Today’s Song – Titiyo, Come Along
The text for this blog post is copy pasted and slightly edited, from an email passed around.
An interview with Jyri Jaakkola, Finnish anti-authoritarian activist, murdered by paramilitaries in Oaxaca, Mexico, April 27. The interview was made February 1, in Finland, before leaving for Oaxaca.
“If my presence could prevent violent moderation, that would be a thing to do. Paolo Freire said something like:
‘Real solidarity requires that you put yourself in the same position with the ones that you are in solidarity with’
Which to me means, that I got to put myself in the game somehow.
Even though I will never end up in the same position as the locals. I will have a plane ticket back to Finland, as well as this white skin color which will work as some kind of protective coloring, and so on.
Just to be there with local people, if it helps them. And to try to spread information about their struggle and their goals. I think that is the main reason why I am going there.”
Jyri is the last speaker [20:40]. The clip is in Spanish, no subtitles:
Paramilitaries Kill Two Human Rights Activists in Oaxaca
A beautiful article written by Sarah about Jyri and the situation in San Juan Copala:
“No one would deal with the situation. It took the scandal of the dead Finnish foreigner to force the Oaxacan government to act, and even then it is most likely that only the video proving that the two reporters were still alive and explaining where they were and what had happened to them saved their lives. Meanwhile, the event has finally blown up in the national and international media, creating an irritation for the Oaxacan government, which has shown once again its remarkable ability for ineptitude, callousness, and ignorance. Ulises Ruiz’s first reaction to the situation was to blame the attack on foreigners who come to Oaxaca “to cause problems” and to threaten to expel all foreigners from the country.”
Short conflict background:
An appeal from Witness for Peace. Transforming People. Transforming Policy. On the funding of the Merida Initiative (“War on Drugs”) >>
From the link above: “Over 70 Mexican civil society organizations recently denounced such military aid as the wrong approach.”
… “we express our serious concerns and reservations regarding the military aid provided by the United States to Mexico. Instead, we urge for an approach that is more comprehensive and respectful of the human and civil rights of the Mexican population”
… “we urge the United States to consider ways to support a holistic response to security problems; based on tackling the root causes of violence and ensuring the full respect of human rights; not on the logic of combat.”