Chiapas: Death-threats and aggression in Mitzitón

May 31, 2011

Photo @ Kaosenlared.net

On 7 May, during and following the March of Peace with Justice and Dignity held in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, a group of Mitzitón residents who are adherents to the Other Campaign denounced aggression and shots fired on the part of the so-called Army of God.

In its public denunciation the group declared that at approximately 1pm “some comrades were having sheep graze on land close that of the 31 Military Zone of Rancho Nuevo,” when they were fired upon.  “They succeeded in seeing two paramilitary aggressors, but they only recognized the son of Roberto Vicente Pérez, known as a paramilitary owner of the truck used in the attack we suffered on 13 February.”  After 7pm on Saturday “we were arriving from the march when we heard four detonations.”  An hour later, “yet again, the paramilitaries opened fire.”

On 15 May they once again felt threatened upon discovering that “they took out our little virgin, beat her, and furthermore on other occasions have kidnapped our female comrades and beaten them,” showing that tensions and conflicts continue on in the area because, as they declared, “they do not respect our saints.”

Those denouncing from Mitzitón blamed the aggresions on the planned San Cristóbal-Palenque road project, which they say is “not dead and will be carried out as has been agreed.”

For more information (in Spanish)

Ataques en Mitzitón durante y después de la Marcha del Silencio por la Justicia y contra la Impunidad, Radio Zapatista, 8 May 2011

Membros del Ejército de Dios disparan a bases del EZLN, La Jornada, 11 May 2011

México: Denuncia pública del pueblo de Mitzitón por nuevas amenazas y provocaciones por parte de paramilitares, Kaosenlared.net, 17 May 2011

Denuncia pública del pueblo de Mitzitón por nuevas amenazas y provocaciones por parte de paramilitares, Enlace Zapatista, 17 May 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: roadblocks and detention of militants in Mitzitón (10 February 2011)

Chiapas: violence continues in Mitzitón (25 October 2010)

Chiapas: New conflict in Mitzitón (8 September 2010)


Oaxaca: Assaulted and detained for being a woman

May 17, 2011

On Sunday 8 May, Evitelia Pacheco Ramírez suffered an attempt to burn her alive after she was exhibited naked before the public in Emiliano Zapata, municipality of San Juan Cotzocón.  Teacher Melchor Agripino Guzmán Cruz, member of Section 22 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE), ordered that treasurer Evitelia Pacheco be lynched for her crime of having led with two other women the government of Emiliano Zapata.  “Here in this place men are in charge,” went the cry spurred on by Guzmán Cruz, who ordered the municipal functionary to be incarcerated for three days after which she was liberated by relatives “rescuing her violently,” according to telephonic commentary by Noé Pacheco.

Last April, the treasuer Evitelia Pacheco, together with municipal agent Elia Castañeda Martínez and her secretary Marcelina Miguel Santiago, were removed from office by a “fixed assembly.”  The problems for the three women began on 2 January, when they took charge of their office under the traditional indigenous system of uses and customs.  Following this date Guzmán Cruz and “his people” began to make their lives impossible, given that in this Mixe locality no woman has ever governed.  During these months, the harassment directed against these women increased and in April they were removed from office, although they still have authorization to work before the municipality of San Juan Cotzocón.

In the extraordinary “fixed” assembly of 8 may, Marco Antonio Toscoyoa Lozada, the interim treasurer accused of favoring coup-like tactics, was anointed the new municipal agent, with the blessing of Guzmán Cruz, who challenged the purchase of a desk and demanded a fine of 4,600 pesos.  As the three women did not respond to the demand, the opposition decided to apply the law and agreed to imprison the municipal treasurer whom they threated to expel from the community if she failed to personally pay the cost of the desk.

That same Sunday, treasurer Evitelia Pacheco Ramírez was detained when she arrived at home accompanied by her children.  “Those who claim to be municipal authorities disrobed her while teasing her, assaulting her physically and verbally, and yelling that such would happen to anyone who supports her,” said Noé Pacheco.

A similar case occurred in December 2007 in the municipality of Santa María Quiegolani, when the local deputy and president of the Congress of Oaxaca, Eufrosina Cruz, was denied the right to govern in this community where she won in elections overseen by the system of uses and customs.  “Here women do not exist,” declared the mayor Saúl Cruz Vázquez when he ordered the electoral results that gave Eufrosina Cruz victory.

“These types of misogynist acts cannot be possible; they only reflect the high level of intolerance found among some members of the Oaxacan teachers union.  We demand that the state government attend quickly to these types of human-rights violations and that those responsible be punished, and that the reasons for the development of these types of crimes not be hidden,” demanded the president of the State Directive Committee (CDE) of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Eviel Pérez Magaña.

For more information (in Spanish):

Rechazan que una mujer gobierne en Oaxaca e intentan quemar viva a la tesorera, Proceso.com.mx, 12 de mayo de 2011

Detienen a tesorera de pueblo mixe, Noticiasnet.mx, 11 de mayo de 2011

Lamenta PRI agresión contra mujeres en Cotzocón, Síntesis, 12 de mayo de 2011


Oaxaca: First meeting of the Network against Repression and for Solidarity

May 17, 2011

Logo @Red contra la Represión

On 25 and 26 April was held the first regional meeting of the Network against Repression and for Solidarity in the community Soledad de Juárez, Tuxtepec, Oaxaca.  The meeting was graced with the participation of seven communities in the Chinantec lower zone which are members of the Chinantec Kia-Nan Indigenous Force, who received members of Collective 20 June from Zaachila, Oaxaca; the Black Mud Collective, Oaxaca; the Collective of the Voice of the Xiche Zapotecs in Prisión, Loxicha, Oaxaca; and the Teachers’ Collective for Autonomous Education from Tuxtepec, as well as other members of civil society.

During the two-day event there was read a denunciation of the open war on narcotrafficking: “The war that Calderón has begun against out people has resulted in the death of more than 30,000, 9000 disappeared, and an endless series of detentions and illegal aggressions with the argument of struggling against narco and organized crime.  In this way they seek to destroy the social fabric of our society and of our poor communities–so as to arrange our country in the interests of grand capital, both national and foreign, for their investments.”  They concluded: “But rage spreads across the land and our task is to help this to be expressed and organized.  To participate in these movements from society that oppose the government and the system is very important.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Conclusiones y Tareas de la Primera Reunión Regional Oaxaca de la Red Contra la Represión y por la Solidaridad, Enlace Zapatista, 7 de mayo de 2011

Organizan Reunión de la Red en contra de la Represión, Noticiasnet.mx, 24 de abril de 2011

Convocatoria a la primera reunión regional de Oaxaca de la RvsR, Redcontralarepresion.org, 17 de abril de 2011


Guerrero – briefs: Rally for justice and the end of impunity in Chilpancingo; NGOs request definitive cancellation of La Parota

May 12, 2011

Foto @CENCOS

On Thursday May 5, social organizations in defense of human rights, such as the Community Development Workshop (TADECO), the Committee of Family and Friends of the Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero, the Guerrero Network of Human Rights (Redgroac), and the Regional Coordinator of Communal Authorities (CRAC), among others, protested in the zócalo of Chilpancingo against the violence that continues to pervade the state of Guerrero.  Minutes before the rally for justice and to end impunity, the authorities of the capital city council cut the electricity to prevent the protests from being heard through the speakers. However, this action did not stop the activists who, without microphones, raised their voices to speak. Manuel Olivares, of Redgroac, said he joined the march that was organized by Javier Sicilia to tell the authorities “enough murders, kidnappings, disappearances”. Javier Monroy, coordinator of TADECO, and the director of the Citizen Movement of Guerrero Alphabetization, Austreberto Basilio Goytia, expressed outrage over the murder of the director of the Center of Studies and Projects for Total Human Development, Quetzalcoatl Leija Herrera, which occurred on May 4 in the central plaza of Chilpancingo. In a communique on May 5, TADECO and the Committee of Family and Friends of the Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero demanded, among other things, that the State Government of Guerrero “respect, facilitate and support the collaboration of the families of victims of social violence in the investigations”, and that the Federal Government “[…] clarify the cases of campesino Javier Torres Cruz, of the community of La Morena, who was murdered recently [and t]he identification and punishment of those responsible for the extrajudicial murders […] of Raúl Lucas Lucía and Manuel Ponce Rosas”.

Additionally, in a press statement on May 3, national and international human rights networks urged the federal and local government to cancel the La Parota hydroelectric dam project. On the day of April 19, 2011, the Agrarian Tribunal (TUA), based in Acapulco, issued a ruling that annulled the land assembly held on April 28, 2010, which was intended to impose the construction of the hydroelectric project. National and international networks have welcomed the cancellation of the agrarian assembly decision and now call for the definitive cancellation of the project, based on Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which states that the consent of communities is a requirement and without which, no project that involves the removal or relocation of the population can be carried out.

For more information:

Sabotea alcaldía capitalina mitin de ONG contra la violencia en el zócalo (La Jornada, 6 May)

Respaldan organizaciones en el Zócalo de Chilpancingo la Marcha por la Paz (Sur Acapulco, 6 May)

Communique of TADECO and Committee of Family and Friends of the Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero

Exigen ONG’s cancelar definitivamente La Parota, por fallo de juez (Radio Formula, 3 May)

Redes de OSC llaman a poner punto final a La Parota (CENCOS, 3 May)

For more information from SIPAZ:

TUA annuls the 28 April 2010 assembly regarding La Parota (May 12)

Brutal murder of LGBT activist in Chilpancingo (6 May)


Guerrero – briefs: “Danger continues for relatives of murdered activist”: NGOs; TUA annuls the 28 April 2010 assembly regarding La Parota; evidence of Chavarría’s crime disappears

May 12, 2011

Aguascalientes (@SIPAZ)

Three days after the murder of activist Javier Torres Cruz on 18 April in the Sierra of Petatlán, several human-rights organizations expressed their concern regarding the security of his relatives.  Amnesty International released an Urgent Action denouncing the continuation of the dangerous situation in which Javier Torres’ relatives found themselves.  Upon learning of the events, two of Javier’s brothers went to the site of the murder, where they were fired upon.  One of the two was injured gravely by gunshot wounds.  Similarly, the World Organization against Torture (OMCT), expressed its concern in a 28 April communiqué regarding the life and physical integrity of Torres Cruz’s family members and the residents of the community of La Morena, where he lived.  In its communiqué the OMCT requested among other things that Mexican authorities carry out an “immediate, independent, exhaustive, and impartial investigation into the murder.”

In other news, the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP) celebrated its triumph in light of the annulment of the assembly carried out on 28 April 2010 when, in the absence of opponents of the project and with the presence of hundreds of soldiers, the expropriation of 1,300 hectares was ‘approved’ in favor of the construction of the dam.  On 19 April of this year, the Agrarian Unitary Tribunal 41 of Acapulco accepted the petition to nullify this decision as presented by the CECOP.  The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights emphasized that “with the recent resolution there are FIVE JUDGES who have ruled in favor of the ejidatarios opposed to La Parota.”  A spokesperson for CECOP, Marco Suástegui Muñoz, stated that “[t]his does not mean that CECOP will stop its efforts, given that the signature of a federal judge has political weight.  Until we see an announcement that the dam will be constructed in the Official Diary of the Federation, we will be calm.”  On 7 May members of CECOP will meet with governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero in the community of Cacahuatepec, where they will argue against the construction of the dam once again.

Lastly, on 25 April, the Attorney General of Guerrero, Alberto López Rosas, revealed that in the archives of this agency “there is no trace” of the investigation initiated into the murder of Armando Chavarría Barrera, killed on 20 August 2009.  López Rosas, who took on the case on 12 April, said that only some copies without official signatures were found, and he added that one of these figures responsible for the investigation was the ex-prosecutor for Grave Crimes in the Central Zone of the state, Jesús Miranda Rodríguez, who suffered two armed attacks and has since the end of February been found to be disappeared.  In a press-conference, Alberto López remembered that on 28 March the ex-governor Zeferino Torreblanca affirmed that the investigation into the killing of Chavarría was 99% advancing and that the only thing left was to “bring forth those responsible.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Acción Urgente (Amnistía Internacional, 18 April)

Comunicado TADECO (26 April)

Comunicado OMCT (28 April)

Tribunal anuló asamblea que cedía tierras para La Parota, según ejidatarios (La Jornada, 27 April)

Falla el TUA a favor del Cecop; declara nula la asamblea de La Concepción (La Jornada, 28 April)

Guerrero: Desaparece expediente del crímen de Chavarría (Proceso, 25 April)

Pierden en Guerrero el expediente del asesinato de Armando Chavarría (La Jornada, 26 April)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: The ecologist campesino Javier Torres Cruz is murdered (6 May)


Mexico: Marches for Peace with Justice and Dignity

May 12, 2011

@Desinformémonos.org

In different places in Mexico there was held a March for Peace with Justice and Dignity as called for by the poet Javier Sicilia, motivated by the murder of his son in Morelos on 28 March of this year.  From 5 to 8 May 2011, Sicilia traveled from Cuernavaca (Morelos) to Mexico City and finished with a meeting in the Zócalo of the Mexican capital where he demanded the resignation of Genaro García Luna, Minister of Public Security.  During his comments the poet denounced the realities that “the governments and police forces have denied and would like to continue denying–realities that the criminals, in their dementia, seek to impose in alliance with the omissions of those who exercise any sort of power,” referring to the situation of extreme violence suffered by the country.  Sicilia’s demands centered around “a fundamental commitment to peace with justice and dignity that would allow the nation to remake its land–a pact in which we recognize and assume our numerous responsibilities, a pact that would allow our boys and girls to recover their present and future–so that they can stop being victimized by this war or the reserve army of criminality.”

Chamber in Mexico City @Enlace Zapatista
On Saturday 7 May several organizations, collectives, and individuals pertaining to the Other Campaign in Mexico City, Mexico state, Puebla, and Tlaxcala responded to Sicilia’s call with a political-cultural act that took place at the Benito Juárez chamber in Mexico City.  “It is pain, indignation, and rage for the others who are like us who have seen their loved ones die that brings us here.  It is the more than 40,000 victims of this irrational war of the bad government led by Felipe Calderón against the Mexican people that brings us here,” reads a text read during the event.  The document continues: “It is the strength of the relatives of the victims who have shown that the way to overcome fear is to organize, name our dead, and demand justice that brings us here.  It is their rage and solidarity so as to prevent more innocent blood from being spilled on Mexican soil that brings us here.”  The same day, EZLN support-bases succeeded in filling the Cathedral plaza in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.  Some 15,000 yelled in unison “They are not alone,” in reference to the victims, relatives, and friends who have suffered and continue to suffer daily violence in Mexico; there was also a commemoration of such victims of the war as the children killed in the ABC Nursery of Hermosillo, Sonora.  The women and men in skimasks and bandanas marched in silence from the outskirts of the city to its center carrying signs that read “WE ARE FED UP WITH CALDERÓN’S WAR” and “NO MORE BLOOD!”  In the communiqué read by the EZLN’s Command it was stressed that “Today we are here because people of noble and dignified hearts have called on us to manifest so as to stop the war that has filled Mexico with sadness, pain, and indignation,” in reference to the figure of Javier Sicilia.  They denounced that “Mexican history has once again attacked the innocent.  Tens of thousands of people have died in this absurd war that leads nowhere.  Peace and justice find no place in our country.”  They called for “life with peace, justice, and dignity,” because “all of this has to do with that, comrades.  It is a struggle for life against death.”
March in San Cristóbal @SIPAZ
In Oaxaca, professors associated with the Section 22 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE) and activists of organizations related to the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) protested to join the march.  Among their demands were the following: “We want schools, work, hospitals; we do not want soldiers!” and “Soldiers, soldiers, you are murderers!  In the struggle against narco, those who die are women!”  Lastly, there were also mobilizations of international solidarity in cities such as Oslo, Madrid, Vienna, and Paris as well as in the Basque Country.
For more information (in Spanish):

Pacto por un México en paz, con justicia y seguridad, Cencos, 9 May 2011

Discurso de Javier Sicilia en el zócalo Desinformémonos, May 2011

Tener miedo de la palabra es propio de tiranos: EZLN, La Jornada, 8 May 2011

Crónica de las movilizaciónes de La Otra en el DF y otras partes del país. Marcha Nacional por la Justicia y contra la Impunidad, 7 y 8 de mayo, Enlace Zapatista, 8 May 2011

Sicilia, las marchas y la proporción, La Jornada, 7 May 2011

Comunicado del 8 de mayo por la comisión de Las Abejas en el Zócalo de la Ciudad de México, Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 9 May 2011

Comunicado de Red por la Paz, Red por la Paz Chiapas, 7 May 2011

Movilizaciones de la Zezta Internacional 7 y 8 de mayo en el mundo. Marcha por la Justicia y contra la Impunidad, Enlace Zapatista, 8 May 2011

Se suman maestros y APPO a la Marcha por la Paz ,Noticiasnet.mx, 10 May 2011

Oaxaca se une a Marcha por la Paz, El Universal, 8 May 2011

Vídeo and audio:

Marcha por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad, Desinformémonos, May 2011

Marcha del EZLN por la Paz, Proyecto Chakana, 9 May 2011

Movilización zapatista en apoyo a la Marcha nacional por la paz y la justicia, Youtube, 8 May 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Communiqué by the EZLN: For reflective criticism, individuals and collectives (15 April 2011)

Mexico: National march “We are fed up” (14 April 2011)


Chiapas: Efforts are made to discredit the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights

May 11, 2011

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDFHBC) has denounced that on 2 May there was distributed a press-release employing its logo and official letterhead with the title “Bulletin No. 11 – violent homicide of Osama Bin Laden” found on the blog http://fraybadelascasas.blogspot.com (currently inoperational), among other electronic sites.

As the NGO has claimed, “This center of human rights has not released any press-release regarding the murder of Osama Bin Laden and does not administrate the blog in question.  This is one of the mediatic strategies used to disinform public opinion and discredit the human-rights work this center has engaged in for the past 22 years.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Este Centro de Derechos Humanos comunica y aclara información apócrifa que se encuentra circulando por distintos medios electrónicos,CDHFBLC, 3 May

Denuncia el Frayba maniobra desinformativa, La Jornada, 4 May 2011

Usan blog anónimo para desprestigiar a ONG en Chiapas, infochiapas, 3 May 2011

Audio (in Spanish):

México: “Miente, que algo queda”, entrevista a Gubidcha Matus, responsable de comunicación del Frayba,  Radio Nederland, la emisora internacional holandesa, 5 May de 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Growing insecurity for the work of human-rights defenders–denunciations from Washington, Brussels, and Chiapas (31 March 2011)

México: Pronunciations and actions as regards the situation of human-rights defenders in the country and southeastern Mexico (25 March 2011)

Chiapas: director of Digna Ochoa Center for Human Rights detained once again (20 March 2011)

Chiapas: 3 human-rights defenders from the Digna Ochoa Center for Human Rights released from El Amate (8 March 2011)


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