Awakening in Oaxaca: Stirrings of the People's Giant

Authors

  • Robert Joe Stout

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-062-02-2010-06_3

Keywords:

Movements, Labor

Abstract

The medieval kingdom that is twentieth century Oaxaca has imprisoned hundreds of citizens arbitrarily and unjustly. Dozens more have disappeared, victims of paramilitary escuadrones de muerte (death squads). Thousands have been beaten, tortured, and robbed, lost their jobs, or have been forced into exile because they objected to government wrongdoing.…The King's minions who control Oaxaca's political and economic systems are a small minority of the state's population, "but they are a powerful minority. There is no transparency. The governor arranges, controls, dispenses as he wishes—he is the head cacique, he has the legislature and the judicial system in his pocket." Change means overthrowing the governor and the system of government that he manifests and represents.

Published

2010-06-03

Issue

Section

Articles