Weekly News Update on the Americas
Issue #964, October 19, 2008

1. Mexico: Activists Charged in Reporter's Death
2. Haiti: UN Sends Tanks, Not Tractors
3. In Other News: Chile, Argentina, Cuba
4. Links to alternative sources on: Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador,
Colombia, Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, US policy

ISSN#: 1084-922X. Weekly News Update on the Americas covers news from Latin America and the Caribbean, compiled and written from a progressive perspective. It has been published weekly by the Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York since 1990. For a subscription, write to  weeklynewsupdate@gmail.com . It is archived at  http://weeklynewsupdate.blogspot.com

*1. Mexico: Activists Charged in Reporter's Death
On Oct. 16 Mexico's federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) arrested activist Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno for the shooting death of New York-based independent journalist Brad Will during a protest in the southern state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, 2006. Octavio Pérez Pérez was also arrested and charged with concealing the crime; Hugo Jafit Colmenares Leyva was arrested on the same charge on Oct. 17. Pérez and Colmenares were released on Oct. 18 on bail of 25,000 pesos (about $1,925) apiece. All three of the arrested men are activists in the leftist Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), which along with the state local of the National Education Workers Union (SNTE) spearheaded protests that shut down much of Oaxaca state for five months in 2006.

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