Young student David
Venegas Reyes, nick-named "El Alebrije," and supporter of the People's
Popular movement in Oaxaca was picked up by an unmarked police van on
his way to an APPO meeting on April 13, 2007. He joins the dozens
of innocent movement leaders being held in prisons throughout Mexico.
They include Flavio Sosa, Horacio Sosa, César David Mateos, Miguel Angel
García, Víctor Hugo Martínez, among others.
His arrest greatly angered the people of Oaxaca and
furthered the call for the release of political prisoners held by the
government of Ulises Ruiz.
Later from prison he wrote a long letter to the
people of Oaxaca, smuggled out and published in the daily newspaper
NOTICIAS, June 14, 2007, calling for unity in the popular movement and
the immediate resignation of corrupt PRI governor Ulises Ruiz.
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I recently came across a tattered flier, below, still
calling for David's release.
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Then yesturday, January 10, 2008, I am reading in the paper that a local
judge has ruled that the charges against him, "rebellion, attack
upon communications media, resistance to arrest, dangerous activity
and crimes against public officials," are "without foundation and
unproven" by the State Atorney General's office.
His sister, Natalia, said "He is innocent and now it is documented."
He will now be held in jail to give time for the state to file new
charges. He is not expected to be freed any time soon.
It didn't take long for new charges to be filed.
A recent flier for a march by the APPO on January 15, called for the
release of all political prisoners, including David Venegas "Alebrije."
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