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Gunbattle kills U.S. cameraman, injures several others in southern Mexico
[October 27, 2006]

Gunbattle kills U.S. cameraman, injures several others in southern Mexico

(Comtex Community Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) MEXICO CITY, Oct 27, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A gunbattle broke out on

Friday as residents clashed with protesters in the southern
Mexican city of Oaxaca, leaving one American journalist dead and
several others injured, local police said.

Police said there was no immediate information on the identity
of the cameraman, who was shot in the abdomen and died later at a

But Florentino Lopez, spokesman of the Oaxacan People's Popular
Assembly (APPO), the protest movement, said that the cameraman, named Brad Will, worked for the independent media website


Lopez added that there were several others injured in the
shooting, including a Mexican photographer.

The shootout erupted when the residents tried to remove the
blockades set up by the protesters, who have demanded the
resignation of Oaxaca Governor Ulises Ruiz, whom they accuse of
rigging the 2004 election to win and of using violence against his

The incident came a day after the protesters, mostly teachers, agreed to end their strike, which began on May 22 as the teachers

from the 70,000-strong section of the National Education Workers
Union (SNTE) and members of the APPO demonstrated for higher pay.

During the five-month strike, some 1.2 million primary and
secondary students could not attend classes, and at least five
people have died, four of them teachers.

Copyright 2006 XINHUA NEWS AGENCY.

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