Indigenous Triqui women are calling on their government to protect the people of Oaxaca. (Photos: David Bacon)
Mexico City, Mexico - Indigenous Triqui women and their children protest against a wave of killing in their hometown, the autonomous community of San Juan Copala in Oaxaca. The Triqui protesters are living in tents in the zocalo, the main plaza in the center of Mexico City, calling on the government to act to protect people in Oaxaca. Other Mexico City activists join them. While their parents meet, children play, sleep and eat in the tent in the zocalo, under the tables where their families make jewelry to sell in the streets.
The women accuse the governor of Oaxaca, who is about to leave office, Ulisses Ruiz, of supporting an organization, UBISORT, that has murdered and raped women as a tactic of political repression. In the latest incident on September 7, Natalia Cruz Bautista and Francisca de Jesus Gracia, two active supporters of the autonomous community, were attacked. They were returning from meeting with the families of Alberta "Bety" Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola, a Finnish solidarity activist, who were both murdered in a caravan seeking to lift UBISORT's blockade of the town in Oaxaca.