NYC Indymedia Activist Killed by Paramilitaries in Oaxaca

In Misc. on October 27, 2006 at 9:50 pm

I first knew Brad from the FTAA demo in Miami and was incredibly impressed not only with his work down there, but also with his production role in The Miami Model afterwards. He was an acquaintance and colleague to me, but I looked to him as a leader in NYC’s independent media movement. He will be missed as a colleague and role model by me, and as friend and commandante by countless others.

As Kristen Bricker of Narco News writes tonight, “Brad gave his life tonight so that you and I could know the truth. We owe him to act upon it, and to share the risks that he took.”

RIP, Brad.

This, from NYC Indymedia:

Federal Police and Paramilitaries attack the barricades near Oaxaca’s office of justice, in the Calicante municipality. There aresereveal injured and one person dead.

Indymedia New York’s reporter, Will Bradley Roland, was shot in the chest and die before get the hospital, while Oswaldo Ramírez, photographer for Milenio Diario, has also been shot and is injured in the foot.

– He was at the Santa Lucia Barricade

– He was shot from a distance of 30-40 meters right in the pit of the stomach

– They say it was urban paramilitary priistas in plain clothes who shot him

– People then pulled him away to safety; its confirmed that he’s dead; his body is at the red cross in oaxaca

– 3 additional dead (4 total); 1 member of radio universidad was injured, he went to the hospital in a volkswagen cuz no ambulances would ome

Radio APPO steaming now | Live coverage at CML

More on Brad from Narco News. Read it!

Tonight, from the Oaxaca City Morgue, Brad Will shouts “Ya Basta!” – Enough Already! – to the death and suffering imposed (as Brad, a thoughtful and serious anarchist, understood) by an economic system, the capitalist system. His death will be avenged when that system is destroyed. And Brad Will’s ultimate sacrifice exposes the Mexican regime for the brutal authoritarian violence that the Commercial Media hides from the world, and thus speeds the day that justice will come from below and sweep out the regimes of pain and repression that system requires. Brad gave his life tonight so that you and I could know the truth. We owe him to act upon it, and to share the risks that he took. Goodbye, old friend. Your sacrifice will not be in vain.

And these, from Reuters & CNN.

  1. requiescat in pace

    The striking teachers and allies will remember you when we are victorious. Your important work will not be forgotten.

  2. This is a sad, personal, moving post Keely. Thanks for sharing.

  3. […] I’ve posted a few things about the murder of Brad Will in Oaxaca, Mexico in late October. Here is something straight-forward that I implore readers to consider regarding both Brad’s murder and the way it was used by Mexico’s federal forces… […]

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