Guerrero: Contradictory versions regarding findings from graves in Iguala three weeks after the forced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa – protests are radicalized

October 25, 2014

Protesta ante caso Ayotzinapa (@pocamadrenews.blogspot.com)

Protest for the Ayotzinapa case (@pocamadrenews.wordpress.com)

More than three weeks after the forcible disappearance of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, their whereabouts are still unknown.  6 mass-grave sites have been identified containing at least 28 cadavers.  According to Jesús Murillo Karam, head of the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR), the DNA evidence does not match that of the 43 students.  Argentine specialists who joined the work to identify the bodies that have been located have claimed that this conclusion cannot be definitively reached yet, and that an additional 15 days to 2 months would be required for them to present their conclusions.  For their part, relatives of the disappeared students and communal police from the Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State (UPOEG) have located four new grave-sites.

In the meanwhile, protests continue both in Guerrero, as in other parts of the Mexican Republic.  Teachers from the State Coordination of Educational Workers of Guerrero (CETEG) and comrades of the students occupied banks and radio stations in Chilpancingo.  One day prior, governmental offices burned in the same city.  The protests have been increasingly radicalized, leading state governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero to report that mayors of 16 of the 81 municipalities of the state decided to suspend activities in said municipalities on Friday 17 October so as to “avoid all types of confrontations,” making reference to the protests that were expected to demand the presentation of the disappeared students.

The Ayotzinapa case has also generated repudiation outside of Mexico.  On 12 October, the representative of the European Union (EU) condemned the violent acts in the Tlatlaya municipality, Mexico State (wherein 22 civilians died, 14 due to gunfire and 8 other due to executions carried out by 3 soldiers after they surrendered on 30 June), a well as the crimes committed against students in the Iguala municipality of Guerrero.

For more information (in Spanish):

18 ayuntamientos de Guerrero cierran ante protestas por el caso Ayotzinapa (CNN México, 16 de octubre de 2014)

 Y luego de 19 días, con 50 detenidos y 10 fosas, los 43 siguen desaparecidos (Sin embargo, 15 de octubre de 2014)

Halla la UPOEG cuatro fosas y una osamenta de mujer en el cerro Gordo, en Iguala (El Sur de Acapulco, 15 de octubre de 2014)

Miles de universitarios exigen justicia por caso Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 15 de octubre de 2014)

Equipo argentino refuta a la PGR: no identifica aún cuerpos de fosas de Iguala. (Proceso, 14 de octubre de 2014)

La Unión Europea expresa su preocupación por los casos Tlatlaya e Iguala (CNN México, 12 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/International: Multiple mobilizations and marches for the “Pain” and “Rage” of Ayotzinapa (12 October 2014)

Guerrero: municipal police of Iguala fire on students of the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. Six have died (11 October 2014)

Guerrero: Impunity continues in the Ayotzinapa case (17 May 2013)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)


Press conference: Girls and female adolescents also count

October 25, 2014

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Participants in the press-conference. Photo @Sipaz

In observance of International Girls’ Day, on 11 October there was held a press-conference at Melel Xojobal with the title “Girls and female adolescents also count: challenge in the observance of their rights to education, decent work, and a lives free of violence.”  Moderated by Magaly Dominguez López, four girls aged 13 to 17 expressed their concerns and demands.  These indigenous girls go to school, but they also work in childcare, selling artisanry, or helping in hotels, thus supporting their families.  For these reasons, they demand not only the right to school, but also to dignified work.  Beyond this, they demand lives free of violence alongside gender equality.  They criticized communication media for presenting images of the ideal woman that do not correspond to their lives.  With regard to the future, they desire more attention from media, so that their voices are also counted.

For more information (in Spanish):

Melel Xojobal

Red por los derechos de la Infancia en México

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/National: Mobilization #x1heightlaw in favor of the human rights of children and adolescents (1 October 2014)


Chiapas: New meeting in Los Llanos against the planned SCLC-Palenque highway

October 25, 2014

Foto @ Colectivo Pozol

Photo @ Colectivo Pozol

On 12 October, 900 people met in the Los Llanos ejido, San Cristóbal de Las Casas (SCLC) municipality, to celebrate the “522 years of indigenous resistance before the European invasion,” and to express their rejection of the planned SCLC-Palenque highway that would pass through their lands.  Following the invitation that was carried out by ejidatarios from Los Llanos on 21 September, those present affirmed that the highway “does not bring development for us indigenous peoples, but only death, depression, and division.  The money goes to the rich transnational [corporations].”

Collectives and civil organizations attended the event, in addition to the brigade of solidarity with Bachajón from the Network against Repression and for Solidarity.  The Otomí people from San Francisco Xochicuautla, Mexico State, who similarly oppose the Toluca-Naucalpan highway, sent a letter in solidarity.

Ricardo Lagunes, the lawyer who accompanies the legal process of the Los Llanos ejido, denounced that there was no free, prior, and informed consent in the case, as is demanded by the international treaties that Mexico has signed, in order to avoid the situation wherein indigenous peoples are affected by projects in their territories over which they have no say.  He recalled that the announcement of the construction of the highway was made in November 2013, such that the community requested a legal motion at the beginning of 2014.  The official response was to deny that the highway would damage the lands of Los Llanos, thus allowing judges to bury the motion and leave the communities vulnerable.

Lastly, the Council for Vigilance from La Candelaria has organized a pilgrimage for 25 November in San Cristóbal de Las Casas to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ejidatari@s de Los Llanos defenden la Madre Tierra contra el Megaproyecto (Espoir Chiapas, 12 de octubre de 2014)

Los Llanos se suman al rechazo de la autopista y lanzan una invitación(Espoir Chiapas, 21 de septiembre de 2014)

Conmemoran 12 de octubre como “Día de la resistencia” pueblos opuestos a carretera San Cristóbal-Palenque (Koman Ilel, 13 de octubre de 2014)

Con ritual de música y oraciones rechazan autopista Sancris-Palenque en Los Llanos (Chiapas Paralelo, 13 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Mobilizations against the planned SCLC-Palenque highway (29 September 2014)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Candelaria express their opposition to the construction of the San Cristóbal-Palenque highway (16 September 2014)

Chiapas: An assembly of Tzeltal communities from Chilón municipality reject the SCLC-Palenque highway (9 September 2014)

Chiapas: Los Llanos and San José El Porvenir reject passage of highway from San Cristóbal to Palenque through their communities (14 February 2014)


Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of female human-rights defender

October 25, 2014

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The Network of Female Activists and Human-Rights Defenders of Oaxaca denounced that on 8 October, the home of defender Silvia Gabriela Hernández Salinas, a member of the Oaxacan Voices Building Autonomy and Freedom (VOCAL) collective, was forcibly entered to remove her personal computer and two external hard drives.  Despite the fact that the house contained other valuable items, only the digital materials in question were stolen, such that the Network believes that the robbery is associated with her work in favor of the defense of human rights.

In Oaxaca, mobilizations were undertaken on 2 and 8 October to demand the presentation of the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa alive.  It should be mentioned that Silvia Gabriela participated in both such protest-actions.  Furthermore, she indicated that months previously, she had been confronted by members of the State Preventive Police and was arrested on 6 July 2007, when supporters of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) clashed with police following the procession of the popular Guelaguetza in Oaxaca City.

This case adds to the list of 59 attacks against 22 human-rights defenders, 3 journalists, and 6 collectives and organizations in the state of Oaxaca that have been committed in the first half of 2014.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian allanamiento y robo defensora de los DH (Noticias Net, 10 de octubre de 2014)

Allanan domicilio de defensora de DH; suman 60 ataques en Oaxaca solo en 2014 (Página 3, 9 de octubre de 2014)

Oaxaca: Primer lugar en ataques a mujeres defensoras de DH y periodistas (Consorcio Oaxaca, 23 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Attempted murder against a member of VOCAL (12 January 2009)


Guerrero: Death-threat directed against Nestora Salgado’s daughter and Communal Police commander fromo Olinalá

October 25, 2014

Saira Rodríguez Salgado (@losangelespress.com)

Saira Rodríguez Salgado (@losangelespress.com)

On 9 October, Saira Rodríguez Salgado, daughter to Nestora Salgado García (a communal police commander from Olinalá who is presently being incarcerated in a high-security prison in Tepic, Nayarit), was threatened with death by telephone.  Her attackers demanded money to avert the murder of communal police officers in Olinalá.

On 10 October, Jesús Coronel Díaz, the current commander of the communal police in Olinalá, similarly was threatened with death from the same telephone number that had contacted Saira Rodríguez Salgado.  These calls were made both to his home and his cellular phone.  The speaker demanded money, threatening to decapitate his daughter.

Roberto López Suárez, member of the Commission on Human Rights of the federal congress, reported that Saira Rodríguez now has police protection, and that Coronel Díaz has refused this means, so as not to frighten his family members.  López Suárez told media that “these threats are worrying, because they come within the context of an insecure and terroristic climate experienced in the state, above all due to the disappearance and murders of students from the Rural Normal school of Ayotzinapa.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Hija de Nestora Salgado denuncia amenazas de muerte en su contra (La Jornada, 10 de octubre de 2014)

Amenazan de muerte a jefe comunitario de Olinalá (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de octubre de 2014)

Amenazan de muerte a la hija de Nestora y al jefe de la Comunitaria de Olinalá, denuncian (El Sur de Acapulco, 13 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: A year after Nestora Salgado’s arrest, organizations demand her immediate release (2 September 2014)

Guerrero/National: Emergence of Committee of Women for the Liberty of Nestora Salgado (2 September 2014)

Guerrero: soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Commmunity after a Cecop assembly in which the case of Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui was reported on (29 August 2014)

Guerrero: 14 organizations march in favor of release of CECOP’s Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz (20 July 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam (23 June 2014)

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC en Olinalá (13 September 2013)


Guerrero: Arrest of María de la Cruz Dorantes, CECOP member

October 25, 2014

La Parota, Guerrero (@Desinformemonos)

La Parota, Guerrero (@Desinformemonos)

On 6 October, María de la Cruz Dorantes Zamora, member of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), was arrested on the charge of qualified robbery following the denunciation submitted by Humberto Marín Molina, owner of the gravel-company Kimbar.  Marín Molina alleges that he lost 6 million pesos because of Dorantes Zamora, who was arrested while returning from chemotherapy for the cancer she has.  She denies the accusations against her and assures that she was visiting different communities on the days during which the robbery is supposed to have taken place.

The charge of qualified robbery is also one of the five charges presented against CECOP spokesperson Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, who was arrested in June and is currently being held in Tepic federal prison in Nayarit state.

For more information (in Spanish):

El día del robo hacía recorridos en poblados, declara al juez la opositora a La Parota detenida (El Sur de Acapulco, 11 de octubre de 2014)

Se reserva su derecho a declarar la opositora a La Parota detenida por robo (El Sur de Acapulco, 9 de octubre de 2014)

Guerrero: aprehenden a defensora del territorio enferma de cáncer(Desinformémonos, 9 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: demand for release of political prisoners in observance of the eleventh anniversary of CECOP (2 September 2014)

Guerrero: soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Commmunity after a Cecop assembly in which the case of Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui was reported on (August 29, 2014)

Guerrero: 14 organizations march in favor of release of CECOP’s Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz (July 20, 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam (June 23, 2014)


National/International: Multiple mobilizations and marches for the “Pain” and “Rage” of Ayotzinapa

October 12, 2014

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EZLN march in San Cristóbal de Las Casas @ SIPAZ

On 8 October, in at least 25 states of the Mexican Republic and in different cities of the U.S. and Europe, millions of persons marched to demand the appearance with life of the 43 disappeared normalist students of Ayotzinapa, and to demand justice for the 6 who were murdered and more than 20 who were injured during the events of 26 and 27 September.  Following these acts, 22 municipal police were arrested by the authorities in Guerrero, in addition to four suspected members of the United Warriors cartel.  Federal and state experts are analyzing if the 28 recently identified corpses from mass-graves correspond to those who have been disappeared.

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March in SCLC @ SIPAZ

In Chiapas, more than 60,000 mobilized in seven regions of the state.  Indeed, approximately 20,000 members of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) marched in rigorous silence, carrying signs with messages like “your pain is ours” and “your rage is ours.”  Furthermore, members of section 7 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE), social organizations, students, and citizens marched as well, with the most popular slogan that was heard being “You took them alive; we want them back alive!”

Beyond this, the Revolutionary Army of the Insurgent People (ERPI) announced the creation of a “justice brigade” to confront drug-trafficking organizations in Guerrero, particularly the “United Warriors” cartel, who are presumed as being responsible for the violence seen in Iguala.

Para más información:

Ayotzinapa convoca a la solidaridad ciudadana (Más de 131, 7 de octubre de 2014)

15,000 personas exigen a Peña hallar a normalistas desaparecidos en Iguala (CNN México, 8 de octubre de 2014)

Marchas en 25 estados para pedir justicia por Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 9 de octubre de 2014)

Marcha silenciosa de unos 20 mil zapatistas por Ayotzinapa(Chiapas Paralelo, 9 de octubre de 2014)

Se movilizan miles en Chiapas para exigir justicia para Ayotzinapa (Chiapas Paralelo, 9 de octubre de 2014)

RvsR: Ante los asesinatos y desapariciones de Ayotzinapa (Enlace Zapatista, 7 de octubre de 2014)

Video: ERPI declara la guerra a “Guerreros Unidos” (Aristegui Noticias, 9 de octubre de 2014)

Sign the Amnesty Internacional petition: Ayotzinapa Justicia

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: municipal police of Iguala fire on students of the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. Six have died (11 October 2014)

Guerrero: Impunity continues in the Ayotzinapa case (17 May 2013)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)


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