Mexico violence worries US

The lower chamber of Congress passed a non-binding resolution earlier in the day demanding Mr Ruiz’s resignation.

The Senate resolution, which was backed by all members of Mr Ruiz’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, calls on the governor to “consider resigning from office to help restore law and order” to the troubled region.

The resolution falls short of actually firing Mr Ruiz, but is worded more strongly than the lower chamber’s earlier statement.

Both have put great pressure on the governor to step down voluntarily.

Oaxaca has been troubled by five-month-long strike by thousands of locals demanding higher teacher salaries and the resignation of Mr Ruiz, who is blamed for the security forces’ heavy hand in dealing with demonstrators.

Riot police remain in Oaxaca

Riot police will remain in the troubled city until order is restored, federal officials said following a day after they cleared out a five-month tent-city protest to oust Oaxaca’s governor.

“The goal is to reestablish order,” Interior Secretary Carlos Abascal said of the deployment of some 4,000 uniformed police and military to Oaxaca.

As federal police helicopters buzzed overhead, the streets of Oaxaca were
calm but residents were wary of venturing outside and many shops remained closed.

Public transport was suspended.

US ‘concerned’ by the violence

The death of a US journalist in Oaxaca is worrying, a US State Department spokesman said Monday, adding that it is up to Mexico’s government to deal with unrest in the southern Mexican state.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of innocent life,” Sean McCormack said.

Brad Will, a cameraman for the independent media website Indymedia, was killed Friday by a bullet to the chest.

Eight others have also died in Oaxaca over the course of the five-month protest.

“Any time you have a resort to violence which results in the death of a citizen, whether it’s an American or any other nationality, that’s a source of concern.

“But that is really going to be up to the Mexican government to deal with, how they deal with this,” he said.

Mr Will died when a group of gunmen opened fire on demonstrators demanding the ouster of Oaxaca State Governor Ruiz.

On Sunday, federal riot police took over Oaxaca’s city square, evicting squatters from a tent city which had come to symbolize the protests against Ruiz and for a raise in teachers’ pay.