Oct 2, 2006, 5:15 PM
Post #11 of 89
Seems like when gringos get together and talk, they say, "send in the troops." I agree with Rolly. It's not that simple. The protestors, for the most part, are unarmed. How would Mexico look, internationally, if the military started mass shooting of unarmed teachers? Well, maybe we'll find out?
I can't help but smile when I think of how a troupe of aproned women banging spoons on pots and pans took over the radio station! I'm not defending the ethical or legal aspects of it, just the practicality the govt. faces. Knotty.
I just got back from 10 days in Puerto Escondido. Tourism, of course, is waaay down, which means so are hotel rooms and restaurant prices. I had a large room (basic) on the beach with swimming pool, double bed and single bed, CLEAN, for 80 pesos a night! Plus, it was kinda nice seeing the town full of locals (young) and surfers.
Talk on the street here in Oaxaca is that troops will probably be sent in. 'Tis sad indeed. Right now, it's messy and inconvenient, but not dangerous. I haven't seen anything written about how unbelievable it is that a city the size of Oaxaca is functioning without a police force with so few incidents. Most of the images people have are what they imagine it must be like with such a large protest going on for so long. Except for the 4 a.m. tear gas attack back in June, there hasn't been any mass confrontations.
I heard about the shootout at the OK REAL while I was in Puerto, but I don't think anyone was killed. Kinda scary for tourists, however.