November 25th Grand March in Oaxaca - 12.01.2006

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On November 25th, tens of thousands of residents of Oaxaca and the surrounding pueblas(towns), arrived in the historic center of Oaxaca City, to surround the Zocalo.

They came in a symbolic role, to surround the Federal Preventive Police(PFP), and demand the immediate removal of the PFP and Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

Although there was a peaceful march from miles outside the city, and they arrived in a festive atmosphere, this level of almost game-like interchange between the PFP and demonstrators, with each lobbing small rocks or using slingshots, did not last.

At approximately 4:30 in the afternoon events changed and the peaceful march descended into running street battles which later broke up into groups roaming the streets for hours and resulted in at least 6 dead, primarily in front of the Facultad de Medecina, north of the Zocalo, when the building was sprayed with bullets by an unknown gang.

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