for the Popular Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO),
Below: Dr. Bertha Elena Muñoz confers with
Flavio Sosa and other members of APPO outside the installations of Radio
On December 3, three days after the naming of Felipe
Calderón as president of Mexico, he announced the opening of dialogue
with the APPO. Flavio Sosa and three other APPO members traveled
from Oaxaca to Mexico City to the offices of the Secretariat of
Government. When they entered the offices for the meeting, they
were arrested. They were sent to four different high-security
prisons throughout Mexico where they have been held without charges
since that time.
On Thursday last (February 22) was an interesting event. Sergio and the
Teatro Vivo de Oaxaca invited Flavio Sosa's wife, Beatriz Castañeda, and daughter, Carina (BELOW),
to the studio. We had made a small book/card for him and
all the theater gang had signed it. We asked his wife if she thought
she could get it to him. She was quite moved by the little book, “words
cannot express” she said, but at the moment the government does not
allow even a slip of paper to enter into the prison. Visitors have to
remove their shoes (!), she told us. But she said the family would hold
it dear, they would tell him about it and at the earliest opportunity it
would be put in his hands. It was an inspiration to see her quiet, sad
So, I'm reading the paper yesturday,
June 23, and glance at the colorful back pages where they show the
big demonstrations and protests and I notice another nice photo of
Flavio Sosa, locked up in prison in Mexico State, and one of my
favorites. I reach for my scissors to cut it out and I notice
it's actually a picture of his wife, Beatriz, and
she's holding ... that's right! She's holding up the little
book I made as a tribute to Flavio and which we presented to her.
A few days later, June 29, Beatriz again appeared in a march demanding the
release of political prisoners.
Below, July 14, 2007, another rally in the zócalo.
Below, shaved and shorn of his hair, he was recently moved to a Oaxaca
prison, August 27, 2007.
The latest march took place on October 29, the one year anniversary of
the most deadly of the attacks on the city by four thousand federal and
state troops. I was glad to see Flavio's image still used as
symbol of the fight.
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Last Monday, December 3, marked one year since Flavio Sosa was
arrested by the Calderón government after being invited into the
government offices to "negociate." A small but noisy
demonstration observed the anniversary, below. There is rumor
that he may be released soon though he's still being held, of course,
without formal charges.
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A short time later, on January 19, a federal judge ruled the charges
against Flavio Sosa had no foundation and that his rights had been
violated in the manner of his arrest and in depriving him of his
lawyer's services. He was ordered to be freed after a few days
in case new charges are filed.
That's all the time the local judges needed to bring more charges
against Flavio. He will continue to be held during the
processes of the new charges.
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