I have returned to Oaxaca and have spent time documenting the strife here as well as trying to decipher the best way to present the protests, marches, blockades, vigils, and other actions happening here. Here, I must be a tourist, not an activist. Thus, I will start with the words of the protestors and their signs and art.
One of the pieces of graffiti offers Che Guevara’s: “Hasta la victoria [siempre]” but the problem is that no one I have asked can explain what victory might mean. In an intercambio on Saturday, a seventeen-year-old explained that, for her, victory is about achieving the common good, but she swiftly conceded that it is nearly impossible to agree on what the common good is because it depends on so many factors.
Here is a little bit about what has transpired: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/20/americas/oaxaca-mexico-clashes/
In Mexico education isn’t free, it is paid with life and liberty.
Police with guns.
This is the sign on a school that was closed because it was not safe.
Society asks… How much violence and deaths are needed?
My teacher isn’t a revolter; the struggle is for a better education for us.
Calls for liberty for political prisoners.
The electoral way failed; social revolt already.
To the barricades on June 14 .
Indignant Mexico: No to the false structural reforms.
Enrique Pena Nieto [and others], you have killed a companion, a friend, a father, a son, but not our ideals.
Neither forgive nor forget
Oaxaca: The land where God and the resistance never die
The town and the police
The struggle continues against the corrupt and repressive government.
Cartoon depicting Oaxaca’s Governor.
My future is in your hands. No to the privatization of education.
We will not adapt to this system.
That Marx lives…
Symbol over Governor Gabino Que’s Image.
Governor, the Para-Olympic medalists await the resources that were promised.