Indymedia Activist Killed by Fellow Leftists?

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Brad Will, an activist for the Independent Media Center (IMC) of New York, was killed in Oaxaca, Mexico in October 2006 while covering protests organized by the Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca—APPO (Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca). The APPO, New York IMC, and other left-wing media immediately placed the blame on pro-government paramilitaries (see pic. below).

However, the Mexican government recently charged three individuals affiliated with the APPO, Octavio Pérez, Juan Moreno, and Hugo Colmenares, with Mr. Will’s murder. Rather than examining the government’s evidence against these men, leftists claim the arrests are clearly part of a “broader crackdown” on anti-government activism in Oaxaca and the entire country. The Friends of Brad Will website maintains Mr. Will was killed by Mexican officials and is calling for a hunger strike at the office of New York Senator Hillary Clinton.

You can read a report in the NYT here. I find it interesting that the reporter refers to the loons at Indymedia as “left leaning” (rather than anti-capitalist and anti-American revolutionaries) while using the term “thugs” to refer to the right-wing paramilitaries. What do you expect from the paper that refuses to call terrorists by their rightful appellation?

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3 responses »

  1. Yes, I’ve wondered about that phrase in the MSM style book, “left leaning.” What does it take for liberal reporters and editors to call radical leftists, ahem, radical leftists? Left leaning Che Guevara?

  2. Michael, I do not know what it would take for the MSM to identify an individual or an organization as radical left.

    Me too, Roland. None of the sources are that reliable. I know that the Mexican police are fairly corrupt and I also know that Indymedia types would do whatever they could to shift the blame away from fellow leftists if they were indeed responsible. I hope the responsible party (or parties) is prosecuted, whoever it is (whether left-wing or right-wing).

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