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Protests and guerilla theatre greet Vicente Fox's visit to Seattle
Protests and guerilla theatre greet Vicente Fox's visit to Seattle
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN Staff Writer

You may not have known that there was a fairly large protest by a coalition of groups that greeted the visit of Mexican President Vicente Fox last week. Watching the media coverage of the visit, later, I noted that there seemed to be a 'media blackout' on the protests that happened around the Westin (where Fox met with other local politicians and industry leaders last Wednesday), with only a few 'sound bytes' on the whole matter making local stations' newscasts.

But there were at least one hundred and fifty people, including members of The Latino Liberation Front, Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party, and AnswerSeattle - just to name a few of groups that participated. Also joining the crowd, which were forced by Seattle Police to stay on the island across the street from the Westin Hotel, were a few people who said they were there because of issues recently raised in the immigration marches and rallies. And as the weather changed from rainy and windy to mildly sunny and back again, protesters chanted to bring attention to recent clashes between migrant workers in Atenco, Guatemala, and guards alledged to have been hired by Mexico.

Some protesters read from a statement by women prisoners in Atenco, who had been raped and brutalized repeatedly by guards when they were imprisoned, stating graphically what had been done to the women prisoners. There was also some 'guerilla theater' by some members of the Latino Liberation Front, that seemed so real. I, at first, thought some people were fighting in front of the Westin, where the action was staged, before police noticed and the protesters rejoined those on the other side of the street.

The protest, which started at 6 p.m. was set to coincide with Fox's visit to The Westin at 6:30 p.m., and lasted until well after 7 p.m., with different people stopping by to inquire about Atenco. Cars and a few Metro buses drived by, honking in support of immigrant rights and for an end to demonizing immigrants under new legislation that recently passed the Senate last week.

For more information on upcoming immigration protests, call 722-6057, or Google AnswerSeattle, or go to fsp@mindspring.com.

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