Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

August 6th, 2006
Oaxaca – get out of the cocina!

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!. Last week 500+ women took to the streets of Oaxaca, Mexico, banging pots and pans as they marched across town to sieze the state run TV station. They held the emplpoyees captive for about 6 hours while they ran a homemade video of an earlier peaceful protest involving abuse by the local police. The police did not show up at anytime during their protest and siege. What does that tell you?

The women are planning, gathering and acting. This is a heads up sign for me. There is a serious problem growing fast in Mexico.

This is not a time to be in Oaxaca. Tourism is down 75%. Most of the shops are closed. The city is in shambles with spray painted slogans everywhere. You will be haggled by protestors.

Today a human head washed up on the beach in Alcapulco! In Mexico City protestors have turned the Zocolo Plaza into a angry, heaving campground of sorts.

If you are going to Mexico now be sure to read the news of the areas you plan to visit and to be proactive in steering clear of the demonstators.

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