(Oaxaca, Mexico) Four youths wearing masks tossed gasoline bombs at a McDonald's restaurant in the city of Oaxaca on Sunday, damaging the building but causing no injuries. A similar act was carried out last week against a Burger King franchise in Oaxaca.
Leaders of the protest movement denied that their members were responsible for either attack.
The restaurant is near Oaxaca Autonomous University, where protesters set up their headquarters last month after riot police drove them out of the city‘s central plaza. The protesters had occupied the space for five months in a bid to improve funding for rural schools, but the protest evolved into a more general movement to oust the Oaxaca state governor.
On June 17, the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO, from Asamblea Popular del Pueblo de Oaxaca) declared itself the governing body of Oaxaca.
Left: Passersby try to help independent journalist Brad Will after he was shot in Oaxaca; photo courtesy of La Reforma
Among the dozens of people who have been killed in the conflict are teachers, social workers, and journalists. Bradley Roland Will, a 36-year-old freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker from New York, was shot on October 27 while filming a gunbattle between protesters and suspected paramilitary forces.
Evidence that the unrest is spreading can be found in three explosions in Mexico City on November 6 that damaged a ScotiaBank branch, Mexico's Federal Electoral Tribunal, and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) headquarters. Guerilla groups from the Oaxaca province claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the APPO denied involvement.
"We don't condemn anything, but we also don't have anything to do with these acts," said protest leader Flavio Sosa.