Guerrero: Tlachinollan considers “illegal” Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz ‘s transfer to a Nayarit prison and demand his return to the state

August 30, 2014

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In a statement released on August 13, the Center for Human Rights Tlachinollan announced that it issued a complaint before the District Judge of Acapulco regarding the transfer of the leader of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (Cecop), Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui to the Federal Center for Social Rehabilitation of Tepic, Nayarit . Tlachinollan considers that this transfer was “illegal“, so it demanded the prison authorities to order his return to Guerrero.

It recalled that at the time of his arrest in June, “anticipating a transfer to a federal prison, as it has been seen in other cases of criminalization of Guerrero social activists”, Tlachinollan had filed a legal demand “to prevent his transfer and his subsequent confinement that might prevent access to an adequate defense for the community defender. “ It denounced that nevertheless “Suástegui was illegally transferred to the Social Rehabilitation Center of La Unión de Isidoro Montes de Oca, located in the Costa Grande of Guerrero; and finally to the Federal Center of Tepic, in Nayarit. Besides being a violation of his rights, it allowed the state government to gain time to manipulate the charges against the community leader and to avoid he might be freed. “

 Tlachinollan said that at the same hearing, it presented “information to the federal court about the systematic use made ​​by the State Executive of federal prisons, of medium and maximum security, as a tool of coercion against social movements, which violates international treaties ratified by Mexico” .

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia Tlachinollan ante Juez de Distrito ilegalidad de traslado a un penal federal a Marco Antonio Suástegui, líder histórico del CECOP (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 13 de agosto de 2014)

Ilegal, traslado a Tepic de activista guerrerense (La Jornada, 14 de agosto de 2014)

Regresar a Suástegui a un penal del estado, demandan en diligencia al juez (El Sur de Acapulco, 14 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

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)


Chiapas: EZLN and members of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) united against the plundering of their peoples

August 29, 2014
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Between August 4 and 9, there was held in La Realidad, municipality of Las Margaritas, the “First Exchange between the Zapatista Peoples and the Native Peoples of Mexico”. 1,300 Zapatista delegates and over 300 indigenous representatives from different groups of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) participated. On Saturday 9, they issued a declaration regarding the agreements of the Exchange to national and international adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle and a new Declaration on the plundering of indigenous peoples was read. It is signed by the EZLN and 28 groups of the CNI that participated in the meeting.

In the act of closure, they emphasized that: “the current political leaders are delivering territories and assets designated for the nation to the large domestic and foreign companies, seeking the death of all the peoples of Mexico and of Mother Earth”. The enemy, they reported, is the dispossession “that has a single name, and that name is capitalism.”

At the same time, through the reading of “29 Mirrors”, different situations of dispossession of indigenous peoples from across the country, as well as their experiences of struggle, rebellion and resistance were shared. In addition, they said: “These are the plunders that we suffer, we know ourselves in an emergency that threatens our lives. So today we say to the powerful, to the companies and bad governments led by the criminal supreme leader of the paramilitaries Enrique Peña Nieto that we won’t surrender, we won’t sell out, and we won’t give up. […] Like the corn, today we will renew ourselves in our decision to build from below and to the left a world where there is room for many worlds”.

Finally they informed that between December 2014 and January 2015 they will organize the “First World Festival of Resistance and Rebellions against Capitalism.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Declaración de la Compartición entre el CNI y el EZLN sobre el Despojo contra Nuestros Pueblos (Radio Zapatista, 11 de agosto de 2014)

Primera Declaración de la compartición del Congreso Nacional Indígena y el Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional sobre Represión en contra de nuestros pueblos (Radio Zapatista, 11 de agosto de 2014)

EZLN a Peña: “No nos rendimos, no nos vendemos y no claudicamos” (Proceso, 10 de agosto de 2014)

EZLN invita al Festival Mundial de Las Resistencias y las Rebeldias contra el Capitalismo “Donde Los De Arriba destruyen Los de Abajo Reconstruimos” (Pozol Colectivo, 10 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: EZLN announces dates for the exchanges between Zapatistas and indigenous peoples of the CNI (June 12, 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN announces upcoming activities (June 10, 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
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On August 3, soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Community, where the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota Dam (Cecop) had just finished their weekly meeting. The soldiers on board of four vehicles claimed that they were patrolling the area. They were intercepted while trying to pass the camp that the community keep there, and then threw out with machetes and sticks.

On the other hand, during the Assembly, the lawyer of the Center for Human Rights Tlachinollan, Vidulfo Rosales, said that he will file a petition for annulment in the Land Court against the complaint for dispossession presented by the entrepreneur Humberto Marín against the Cecop spokesman, Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui. The latter has been detained since mid-June and is currently imprisoned in Nayarit. Vidulfo Rosales said that the hearing on constitutional protection due to his transfer to the prison in Tepic, will be held on August 13. It might establish his mandatory transfer back to Guerrero.

The lawyer explained that after that, it will take an intensive campaign for the final release of the commoner: “First we want his transfer, and then his return.” Sierra Rosales asked the villagers to avoid actions that put them at risk of arrest or might generate greater conflict, as this would prevent the release of Suástegui.

For more information (in Spanish):

Corren comuneros a marinos y soldados que pretendían patrullar pueblo de Cacahuatepec (El Sur de Acapulco, 4 de agosto de 2014)

Irrumpen soldados y policías en La Concepción tras asamblea del Cecop (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de agosto de 2014)

Abogado: la próxima semana llegará el expediente del caso contra Suástegui (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)

Guerrero: the State Government pressures to build the La Parota dam (June 12, 2014)


Chiapas: Forced displacement of EZLN support- bases belonging to the Caracol of La Garrucha

August 29, 2014
Zapatista Support-Base (@SIPAZ)

Zapatista Support-Base (@SIPAZ)

 On August 4, the Human Rights Center Fray Bartolome de Las Casas (CDHFBC) reported that 32 people from the community Egipto, belonging to the Caracol of La Garrucha, were forcibly displaced due to the aggressions of members of Ejido Pojcol, Chilón municipality. Members of the community Egipto, from the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipality (MAREZ) San Manuel, in the official municipality of Ocosingo, reported to the CDHFBC that the incident occurred on August 1st, at 23:30 hours.

They said that a group of armed people from Ejido Pojcol entered the land where members of the community Ejido were realizing collective work. They reported that those armed people killed a young bull and that they fired gunshots in the air. The CDHFBC stressed that these events occured in the context of the First Exchanges between the Zapatista Peoples and the Native Peoples of Mexico “Compañero David Ruiz Garcia”, a meeting of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), which began on August 4, in the Autonomous Community of La Realidad.

For more information (in Spanish):

Desplazamiento forzado de bases de apoyo del EZLN, les despojan las tierras “recuperadas” en 1994 (Chiapas Paralelo, 5 de agosto de 2014)

Desplazamiento de Bases Zapatistas ante riesgo de ataque (CDHFBC, 4 de agosto)

Denuncian desplazamiento de bases zapatistas por riesgo de ataques (Diario Contra Poder en Chiapas, 5 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: The La Garrucha JBG denounces harassment against Zapatista support-bases(November 14, 2013)

Chiapas: EZLN announces dates for the exchanges between Zapatistas and indigenous peoples of the CNI (June 12, 2014)


Guerrero: Tlachinollan celebrates 20 years of struggle in defense of human rights

August 5, 2014

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In Tlapa de Comofort, Guerrero, on 25 and 26 July, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights celebrated its XX anniversary, with these twenty years being characterized by struggle besides indigenous peoples in defense of their rights.   More than 400 representatives from 85 communities of the Mountain region, together with different organizations and social movements from various states and representatives of international institutions, arrived to attend the forum “From the communal heart of resistance.”  On this occasion Abel Barrera Hernández, director of Tlachinollan, declared that “the criminalization of indigenous peoples has risen, and so has the threats against their lands.  There are attempts to loot [these lands] by means of mining concessions and attempts to build hydroelectric dams.  The situation of life in these communities is worsening due to abuse, looting, and the complacence of the authorities in the face of organized crime.”  Furthermore, he stressed the inequity and lack of attention from the government for indigenous peoples in the region.

At the end of the forum, a march was held toward the city center to demand the release of representatives of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC) and of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP), including Nestora Salgado García, Arturo Campos, Gonzalo Molina, and Marco Antonio Suástegui.  Furthermore, members of the Council of Victims of the Mountain of Guerrero demanded that the state government observe its promises to support communities that were affected by the storms that destroyed crops and homes last September.

During the event itself, the importance of collective work was recognized as fundamental for the defense of human rights in the Mountain region, and Abel Barrera Hernández expressed his gratitude to indigenous peoples: “They gave us tortilla, coffee, petate, and shade, and they showed us how to sow communal justice.  For this reason, these twenty years have no sense without you, because you are the fathers, mothers, and founders of Tlachinollan.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Festeja Tlachinollan sus 20 años con una marcha en Guerrero (La Jornada, 27 de julio de 2014)

Reconocen 20 años de Tlachinollan, trabajo que busca justicia social para las comunidades (Sididh, 28 de julio de 2014)

Tlachinollan, 20 años de defensa de los derechos humanos en la Montaña(Sin Embargo, 28 de julio de 2014)

OPINIÓN: 20 años por los derechos humanos (Tlachinollan, 23 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Celebration of the 19th anniversary of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights (4 August 2013)

Guerrero: 18th Anniversary of Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights (20 June 2012)


Chiapas: South-Southeast Forum on analysis and construction of alternatives: Land Tenancy, Use, and Usufruct of land for women in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

August 5, 2014

Foro Sur-Sureste de análisis y construcción de alternativas: Tenencia, Uso y Usufructo de la tierra para las mujeres (@pozol.org)

From 24 to 26 July there was held the “South-Southeast Forum for analysis and construction of alternatives: Land tenancy, use, and usufruct of land for women in Chiapas,” which counted with the participation of approximatey 300 indigenous and campesina women from Chiapas and other states, as well as researchers and female human-rights defenders.  Upon conclusion of the event, participants expressed their opposition to policies that seek to deprive them of their natural resources by means of oil, mining, eco-tourist, wind-energy, hydroelectric, highway, and airport-seaport construction projects and by denying their traditional knowledges.  Participants denounced that these projects are being carried out without any sort of consultation or authorization from indigenous peoples themselves, but are instead blessed by governmental institutions.

Participants demanded, among other things, that the political and agrarian policies at the federal, state, and community levels respect their rights to land tenancy, use, and usufruct, as well as to their right to participate in decisions regarding land use and territory, without the denial of such using the argument of traditional uses and customs.

Lastly, they reported that they would seek to organize a broad movement of women to unite their strength with the people in resistance to demand their rights as women to land.  They affirmed that “we also call on the populace at large to also affirm our demands, to organize, and unite forces to arrest the offensive being waged by neoliberal patriarchal capitalism which, with the support of the government, threatens to remove campesino peoples from our natural and cultural goods to benefit national and transnational corporations, which threaten all forms of life.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Mujeres en Chiapas y otros estados, reivindican su derecho al uso y usufructo de la tierra (Chiapas Paralelo, 29 de julio de 2014)

Realizan foro por derechos de mujeres indígenas y campesinas (CIMAC Noticias, 28 de julio de 2014)

Pronunciamiento final (28 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Pronouncement  from the women’s gathering “Saving Our Mother Earth” (20 June 2014)


Guerrero: three opponents of the La Parota dam project arrested

August 4, 2014

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One day after the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), on 29 July, three CECOP members were arrested, including a coordinator who had succeeded the former spokesperson Marco Antonio Suástegui, who in turn was arrested in mid-June.  The arrested inlude the coordinator of the Committee of Peoples of CECOP, Maximino Solís Valeriano, as well as Julio Ventura Ascencio and Emilio Hernández Solís. Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, director of juridical affairs for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, reported that in the case of Maximino Solís, the penal case he confronts began in 2005, such that the timeframe for prosecuting the crime has already passed.  In the cases of Ventura Ascensio and Hernández Solís, the charges for which they are being held is attempted murder.  Similarly, José Palma Tornez and Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz were charged for the same crime, though this was then reclassified to aggravated assault.  Palma Tornez was released after having paying a bail of 146,000 pesos, while Suástegui Muñoz continues incarcerated in Nayarit, where he confronts other charges as well.  The three newly incarcerated persons are being held in the Acapulco jail.

Regarding this new case, the victims accused CECOP members of having injured them in April, following the attack with firearms undertaken by their relatives against communal police in Cacahuatepec.  At this time, CECOP member Lorenzo Ángel Lázaro and ex-ejidal commissioner Nemesio Valeriano Moreno were injured.  There have been no arrests in the case of the attack on CECOP.

For more information (in Spanish):

Detienen ministeriales a tres integrantes del Cecop; un coordinador, entre ellos (La Jornada de Guerrero, 29 de julio de 2014)

Detienen a tres integrantes del Cecop acusados de tentativa de homicidio(El Sur de Acapulco, 29 de julio de 2014)

La Parota, la cuenta regresiva (La Jornada de Guerrero, 29 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

Guerrero: Several injured after atttack on communal police of CECOP near Acapulco (23 April 2014)

Guerrero: CRAC accepts 48 new communities from Acapulco (16 March 2014)

Guerrero: Sympathizers of the La Parota dam injure two CECOP members with machetes (12 November 2013)

Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)


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