Video Appears on Internet of the Illegal Arrest of Chilean Filmmaker Valentina Palma, May 4, in Atenco
“Help Me,” She Pleaded as They Grabbed Her by the Hair: Video Reveals that Police Carried Firearms, Contradicting Claims by the Government of Vicente Fox
By Al Giordano The Other Journalism with the Other Campaign in San Salvador Atenco
May 20, 2006
This five-second video, of unknown origin, speaks more than words can say.
It reveals the moment on May 4 when documentary filmmaker Valentina Palma Novoa was grabbed by police and prevented from filming the police raid on San Salvador Atenco, hours after Subcomandante Marcos announced that the Zapatista Army of National Liberarion (EZLN, in its Spanish initials) entered into a Red Alert in response to the violent repression unleashed in Atenco.
Two days later, after she was beaten repeatedly and sexually tortured, Palma was deported from Mexico, in spite of the fact that her visa specifically authorized her to study filmmaking and make documentary films; the work she was doing in Atenco that morning.
For the benefit of Internet search engines we will add the names of some of the intellectual authors of the crime: Vicente Fox, Enrique Peña Nieto, Wilfrido Robledo Madrid, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Rob Allyn, and Dick Morris.
Read Palma’s own testimony of the treatment she received at the hands of the Fox government, here.