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Media Is Mum About Mexican Anti Wal-Mart Riots

Why is our one party media not telling us who is behind the riots in Mexico, and why they are rioting?

Here’s a prime example of the purposeful lack of information from the DNC’s Associated Press:

Villagers clash with police in the village of San Salvador Atenco, about 31 miles east of Mexico City May 3, 2006. Violence erupted in the village this morning after police arrived to evict a small group of street vendors and villagers rallied in their support. The clashes have left at least two dead so far, an dozens injured, and the villagers are holding 8 policemen hostage, according to local media and witnesses.

Mexican police take control of riots

By Eduardo Verdugo, Associated Press

SAN SALVADOR ATENCO, Mexico — Hundreds of federal, state and city police officers fired tear gas and crashed through human barricades to take control of this rebellious town early Thursday, hours after protesters severely beat several authorities and took six agents hostage.

The police made it to the central plaza in front of city hall about 7 a.m. local time, Mexican news media reported.

International television broadcasts showed officers repeatedly beating protesters, including some who already had been taken into custody.

An Associated Press photographer sustained bruises on his head and body after being clubbed Wednesday by a group of police officers who were trying to keep him from taking pictures. He was not seriously injured, however. Police also beat and tackled at least one cameraman from the Mexican Televisa network.

Mexican presidential spokesman Ruben Aguilar confirmed that police had taken control and said all police hostages had been released.

Authorities detained 117 people, including key community leader Ignacio del Valle, said Humberto Benitez, Secretary General of the State of Mexico, which borders Mexico City on three sides.

Del Valle and a fellow resident of San Salvador Atenco were charged with the February kidnapping of a state official, said Carlos Mota, spokesman for the Mexico State Superior Court. Mota said del Valle was likely to face charges related to Wednesday’s violence as well, although no specific charges had been presented yet.

Officials said area highways had been reopened after being blocked all day Wednesday during the clashes, which began when inhabitants attacked police in response to the arrest of several of their companions at a market in the nearby town of Texcoco.

Shortly before midnight Wednesday, radical community leaders in San Salvador Atenco called Red Cross officials to a small clinic near the center of town and released the six state and federal police officers they had seized hours earlier. Organizers said it was a gesture of goodwill since all of the former hostages were injured — having been beaten and some sliced with machetes.

A 14-year-old Atenco resident was killed during the pitched battles that happened throughout the day, but circumstances surrounding the death were unclear, Benitez said.

Benitez and a spokesman for the Federal Preventative Police said Thursday that a federal police agent was beaten to death. Hours later, however, Mexico state Gov. Enrique Pena Nieto called television newscasts to say the officer remained hospitalized in grave condition. Benitez on Thursday said he could not confirm the officer’s death.

Television images from helicopters overhead showed residents repeatedly punching and kicking the semiconscious officer in a beating that continued even after he had been put inside an ambulance that was taken over by local residents.

Mexican media reported that at least three dozen police officers were injured, though federal and state police spokesmen could not agree on an exact number. Pena Nieto told Televisa, Mexico’s largest network, that as many as 50 officers were wounded, but that only about 12 sustained serious injuries.

Rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos said that the Zapatista Liberation Army of southern Mexico will go on red alert to support Atenco residents.

Marcos made the comments in Mexico City, where he was addressing supporters as part of his so-called "other campaign," in which he is touring Mexico, talking to different dissident and community groups in the run-up to the July presidential election.

The Zapatistas staged a brief armed uprising in southernmost Chiapas state in January 1994 to demand Indian rights. Since then, the movement has been aimed more at propaganda than at armed rebellion.

Atenco, 15 miles (25 kilometers) northeast of Mexico City, was once planned as the site of a new international airport.

But farmers claiming the government was offering them too little for their land staged a violent protest in July 2002, taking 15 police officers and state officials hostage to demand the release of residents jailed during the protest.

The standoff lasted several days and President Vicente Fox eventually canceled plans to build an airport there.

In the old days it was the job of reporters to report who, what, where, why.

However we won’t get any of that basic information from the AP and the rest of our DNC controlled media because they hate Wal-Mart almost as much as the Communist rioters.

But here’s the why:

Machete-wielding peasants from the town of San Salvador Atenco attend a rally at the ruins, just a few miles north of Mexico City, Teotihucan, Mexico on Tuesday, April 25, 2006. Zapatista rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos held a meeting at the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan on Tuesday with protesters who opposed the building of a Wal-Mart-owned store nearby .

And here’s the who:

Student supporters of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, EZLN, carry a banner calling on a boycott on U.S. owned multinational companies during a march in Mexico City, Mexico on Monday May 1, 2006. Zapatista leader Sub Comandante Marcos joined calls to boycott U.S. goods in what was dubbed a ‘A Day Without Gringos’, an action timed to coincide with a call for immigrants to boycott work, school and shopping in the United States.

Members of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) hold up their machetes as they protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico on Monday May 1, 2006. The leader of the EZLN, Sub Comandante Marcos, joined calls to boycott U.S. goods in what was dubbed a ‘A Day Without Gringos’, an action timed to coincide with a call for immigrants to boycott work, school and shopping in the United States.

And, yes, those are machetes.

Funny how our media didn’t tell us about any of this.

I guess they think it makes their side look bad.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 5th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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