National: Thousands of Campesinos March on Mexico City

October 19, 2016

Campesino.jpgCampesinos. March in Mexico City. Photo @Cuartoscuro

On October 13, more than 30,000 campesinos (from the ‘El Campo es de Todos” movement) marched in various parts of Mexico City with the aim of “demanding from the government a new deal for the land in this struggle for the defense of territory and defense of food.” The “National Campesino and Indigenous Caravan: in Defense of Territory and the Right to Food” halted to protest at the Ministry of Finance, the Supreme Court, the National Human Rights Commission, the Chamber of Deputies and the Angel of Independence.

Max Correa, head of the Central Campesina Cardenista, explained that they want “to show society what is happening in the countryside, it is a matter for everyone, especially for the human right to food and also for the cases of dispossession that our ejidos, our communities and villages are suffering to make profit and satisfy the greed of businessmen and projects that are destroying forests, jungles, polluting water.”

According to Jose Dolores Lopez of the Independent Center of Workers and Campesinos“(At the beginning of the presidential term…the authorities) were not interested, they were more interested in the Pact for Mexico and some other reforms…we are demanding that negotiations be opened, the countryside is very complicated right now.” “We are proposing a budget to be focused mainly on small production to boost domestic production,” he added.

For more information in Spanish:

105 millones de hectáreas ejidales y comunales, en el abandono y pobreza: Narro (Aristegui Noticias, a 13 de octubre 2016)

Campesinos “toman” la CDMX (Aristegui Noticias, a 13 de octubre 2016)

Alistan campesinos manifestaciones en diferentes puntos de la CDMX (La Jornada, a 13 de octubre 2016)


Oaxaca/International: Fifth Person Arrested in Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Murder Case

October 19, 2016


On October 6, John Macario Bautista Ramirez was arrested in Brownsville, Texas, United States, and was deported by immigration authorities, identified as one of those responsible for the death of activists Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola, who were participating in a humanitarian convoy bound for San Juan Copala and who were ambushed in the Triqui region of Oaxaca, on April 27, 2010. This arrest makes five the number of people detained for the events.

According to Virginia Lopez, a relative of Bety Cariño, the event has not been forgotten. She noted that although this represents progress, they will continue to demand that justice be done and that all the killers are imprisoned with their corresponding punishment.

Omar Esparza, leader of the Indigenous Zapatista Agrarian Movement (MAIZ) and widower of Bety Cariño, acknowledged that this is a step but “there are still eight arrest warrants to be executed. During these six years as a family and organization we presented evidence, much of which was turned down, lines of investigation involving organized crime were closed and that tells us a lot, furthermore all federal investigation was put on hold due to lack of evidence without notifying us.” He insisted that “justice will not be done until everyone involved is arrested and duly tried and that it is not only a show trial”.

Meanwhile Michell Karla Salas, who is legally accompanying the case, claimed that “the whole process has been extremely slow, none of those arrested has been tried. The first [trial] will take place in early November and the Investigating Judge in Oaxaca dismissed two of the main testimonies that came from two women who were witnesses and managed to see the faces of those who attacked the convoy. “ According to information from Desinformemonos, “the current political context in Oaxaca is worrying for the lawyer, the return of the PRI to state government and also the recent appointment of Rene Juarez Cisneros, PRI politician and former governor of Guerrero, named yesterday as the new Government Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry which could influence the outcome of the trials of the five people arrested so far and whether or not the eight arrests pending are made.”

For more information in Spanish:

“Estamos muy decepcionados de la justicia mexicana, el asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola permanece impune”: Omar Esparza (Desinformémonos, 7 de octubre de 2016)

Cae otro de los asesinos de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (NVI Noticias, 6 de octubre de 2016)

Detienen en Estados Unidos a triqui implicado en los asesinatos de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (Pagina3, 7 de octubre de 2016)

 For more information from SIPAZ :

Oaxaca: PGR archiva el caso del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (28 de abril de 2016)

Oaxaca: Gobierno del estado no recibe a eurodiputadas por “falta de voluntad” hacia el caso de Bety y Jyri (2 de octubre de 2015)

Oaxaca: Omar Esparza denuncia grupo contratado para asesinarlo; amenazas para abogados del caso Bety y Jyri (3 de junio de 2015)

Oaxaca: Amenazan a dos mujeres testigos en el caso del asesinato de los activistas Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (13 de febrero de 2015

Oaxaca: Front Formed against Mining and Wind Farms on the Tehuantepec Isthmus

October 18, 2016

Tehuantepec.jpgMining in the Isthmus (@Diana Manzo)

At the end of a meeting held in San Pedro Tapanatepec, more than 500 people from seven municipalities of the Tehuantepec Isthmus (Chahuites, Tapanatepec, Ixhuatán, Reforma, Niltepec, San Francisco del Mar and Zanatepec) declared themselves against open pit mining that Canadian companies intend to install in 30,000 hectares of the eastern part of the Isthmus, including 19 thousand hectares of forest in Chimalpas. Given the predicted effects, they unanimously agreed to form a Regional Defense Committee Against Mining. They denounced that the government sold the permits without asking, violating rights.

It should be recalled that between 2005 and 2013 the federal government awarded five grants for a period of 50 years to three Canadian mining companies, including Minaurum Gold Inc., in the municipalities of Zanatepec, Chahuites, San Pedro Tapanatepec and San Miguel Chimalpas .

“It is not only the mines, we should not forget that wind farm company officials have reached the ejidos, from Arriaga to Salina Cruz, who want to convince [people]; there are already companies trying to install their wind farms on our land, but there is also a regional movement of compañeros in resistance,” said one participant.

For more information in Spanish:

No permitiremos minería en nuestro territorio: istmeños (EDUCA, 10 de octubre de 2016)

Integran frente contra mineras y eólicas en el istmo de Tehuantepec (NSS Oaxaca, 12 de octubre de 2016)

Crean movimiento de resistencia contra mineras y eólicas en el istmo de Tehuantepec (Regeneración, 12 de octubre de 2016)

Conforman alianza contra minera canadiense (NVI Noticias, 13 de octubre de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Oaxaca: Se llevó a cabo Foro Regional “La minería en Oaxaca. Impactos sociales y ambientales” (29 de abril de 2016)

Oaxaca: Encuentro estatal de comunidades y organizaciones en resistencia a proyectos mineros (4 de febrero de 2016)

Oaxaca: Ejidos y comunidades de Valles Centrales declaran sus territorios libres de minería (4 de diciembre de 2015)

Oaxaca: Presenta ONU publicación sobre derecho a la consulta y megaproyectos (29 de junio de 2011)


Guerrero: March in Chilpancingo for Release of Community Police Prisoners

October 18, 2016

CRAC.jpgPhoto @Alaide Martinez, Desinformemonos

On October 12, some 2,000 people, including prisoners’ relatives, members of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities – Community Police (CRAC PC), of the State Coordinator of Education Workers in Guerrero (CETEG), Section 18 the Single Union of Public Servants of the State of Guerrero (SUSPEG), as well as relatives of the 43 student teachers arrested and missing since 2014 and students from the Normal Rural School, Ayotzinapa, among others, marched in Chilpancingo in the framework of Columbus Day. The march ended with a rally in front of Government Offices.

The protesters demanded the release of the Tixtla Community Police promoter, Gonzalo Gonzalez Molina, the community policeman from the Zitlaltepec House of Justice, Samuel Ramirez Galvez, both held in the prison of Chilpancingo; as well as the advisor to the El Paraiso House of Justice, Arturo Herrera Campos, imprisoned in Ayutla de los Libres. They also called for the abrogation of the structural reforms of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government, especially educational reform, and the presentation of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa.

For more information on Spanish:

Marchan por la libertad de presos de la Policía Comunitaria (El Sur de Acapulco, 13 de octubre de 2016)

Marchan en Chilpancingo por libertad para presos de la Policía Comunitaria (Desinformémonos, 12 de octubre de 2016)

Organismos piden en Chilpancingo la libertad de comunitarios presos (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de octubre de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: En libertad seis presos de la CRAC-PC (13 de mayo de 2016)

Guerrero/Nacional: Finaliza Tercer Encuentro Nacional por la Libertad de las y los Presos Políticos (29 de abril de 2016)

Guerrero/Nacional: Nestora Salgado lanza campaña para exigir la libertad de los presos políticos del país (4 de abril de 2016)

Guerrero: Autodefensa en contra del crimen organizado en 4 municipios (11 de enero de 2013)


Chiapas/National: CNI and EZLN to Hold Consultation to Appoint Female Indigenous Candidate for 2018 Presidential Elections

October 17, 2016

EZ1.pngCNI at Oventik Caracol (@SIPAZ)

From October 9 to 13, within the framework of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), the “Fifth National Indigenous Congress” was held at CIDECI-Unitierra in San Cristobal de Las Casas. About 500 delegates from 32 nations, peoples and indigenous tribes of Mexico, as well as members and support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) and other guests participated. It worked in thematic working groups around the following themes: dispossession and repression; our resistances and rebellions; a review of the CNI; proposals for strengthening the CNI. On October 12, Columbus Day, a political-cultural event in Oventik Caracol was also held.

EZ2.pngZapatista militia on the arrival of the CNI at Oventik, October 12, 2016 (@SIPAZ)

On closing the event, the CNI and the EZLN published a statement entitled “May the Earth Tremble at its Core” (paraphrasing the national anthem), in which they reported 27 grievances dispossessions indigenous peoples in the country are facing. What created the biggest stir was the announcement of the start of a consultation to examine the convenience of appointing an indigenous council of government and inviting an indigenous woman to participate in the upcoming presidential elections to be held in 2018. The statement says: “Given all of the above, we declare ourselves in permanent assembly and we will consult in each of our geographies, territories and directions the agreement of the Fifth CNI to appoint an indigenous council of government whose word will be materialized by an indigenous woman, a delegate of the CNI as an independent candidate who contends on behalf of the National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in the 2018 election for the presidency of this country.”

The statement says that “It’s time to attack, to go on the offensive” and clarified that “our struggle is not for power, we do not seek that; but we will call on indigenous peoples and civil society to organize to stop this destruction, to strengthen us in our resistance and rebellion” the Zapatistas said in a statement in which they made a call to organize “from below.”

The joint statement ends by emphasizing “It is time for rebel dignity, to build a new nation for all people, to strengthen the power from below and the anti-capitalist left, and for those who are to blame for the pain of the people of this multicolor Mexico to pay.”

For more information in Spanish:

Congreso Nacional Indígena: 20 años (La Jornada, a 11 de octubre 2016)

QUE RETIEMBLE EN SUS CENTROS LA TIERRA (Comunicado conjunto EZLN/CNI, 14 de octubre de 2016)

El EZLN postulará a una mujer indígena como candidata independiente para 2018 (Sin Embargo, 14 de octubre de 2016)

EZLN lanzará candidata indígena para la presidencia en 2018 (Regeneración, 14 de octubre de 2016)

El EZLN da un giro y apuesta a la vía electoral; postulará a mujer indígena en el 2018 (Revista Proceso, 14 de octubre de 2016)

Los zapatistas se presentarán a las elecciones (El País, 15 de octubre de 2016)

Lanzarán EZLN y CNI candidata indígena independiente para 2018 (La Jornada, 15 de octubre de 2016)

Congreso Nacional Indígena: 20 años (La Jornada, 11 de septiembre, por Luis Hernández Navarro).

 For more information from SIPAZ :

Chiapas/Nacional : Convocatoria al V aniversario del CNI en Chiapas (1ero de septiembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Anuncia EZLN actividades para el 2016 (9 de marzo de 2016)



National: Increase in Murders of Transgender People Denounced

October 12, 2016

itzelItzel Castellanos @FacebookItzel

On October 9, Itzel Castellanos, a nineteen-year-old transgender person, was killed with a knife outside her home in Comitan, Chiapas. On September 30, Paola, a 25-year-old transgender sex worker was shot dead in Mexico City.

In the case of the Isthmus of Juchitan in Oaxaca, being muxe (homosexual or transgender) is considered a gift because parents believe that the son or daughter muxe is loyal to the family and will not be married and will look after them. However, several organizations have reported an increase in murders of transgender people in this area also, “According to the Sexual Diversity organization, from 2010 to May 2016 over 120 killings of non-heterosexual people were committed in Oaxaca. Meanwhile, the National Catholic Youth Network for the Right to Decide reported that in the last 14 months 17 hate crimes were committed; 15 in 2015 and two in 2016, in the regions of the coast, the Isthmus and the Central Valleys.”

In a broader sense, according to La Jornada newspaper, the Observatory of Murdered Trans People and the Citizens Commission Against Hate Crimes Homophobia argues that Mexico ranks second in the world with 229 such killings (ahead Brazil, with 802, and followed by the US with 132)

For more information in Spanish:

 El asesinato atroz e impune de Paola, una transexual, deja muy mal parada a la “tolerante” CdMx (Sin Embargo, 6 de octubre de 2016)

Asesinato de joven transexual indigna a la comunidad gay de Chiapas (Revista Proceso, 8 de octubre de 2016)

Itzel, transexual de 19 años, es asesinada a puñaladas, en su casa de Chiapas; van 20 en 2016 (Sin Embargo, 9 de octubre de 2016)

Crímenes por homofobia en Juchitán derrumban el mito de paraíso muxe (La Jornada, 10 de octubre de 2016)

Itzel Durán, una joven transexual de 19 años, fue asesinada en Chiapas (Animal Político, 10 de octubre de 2016)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Denuncian violencia policial en la detención de transexuales en Palenque (17 de diciembre de 2015)


Mexico: IACHR Demands Investigation into Case of Female Victims of Sexual Abuse in Atenco in 2006

October 10, 2016

mujeresPhoto @Regeneracion Radio

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) will assess the case of “Mariana Selvas Gomez and others” this September, all Mexican and foreign women who were subjected to sexual violence by police in May 2006 in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico State.

“Between May 3 and 4, 2006, in San Salvador Atenco, with Peña Nieto as Mexico State governor, three thousand police officers entered the community -by order of then Governor- to repress social protests arising from the proposal of President Vicente Fox Quesada to build a new international airport on ejido land. The fuse was lit on May 3, when several florists intended to relocate the local market; agents entered the town with excessive violence, raided homes and withdrew several blocks. The toll of the confrontation between villagers and the police was two dead, over 200 injured and 47 women raped and humiliated “.

Although the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH in its Spanish acronym) found that there were serious human rights violations and excessive use of public force, and the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN in its Spanish acronym) found that officials of the State Security Agency and the Government of the State of Mexico violated individual rights of the people, as well as finding beaten women, an indigenous Mazahua woman, two Spaniards, a Chilean and a German; so far there have been no consequences for any official.

“This week, the American newspaper The New York Times published the stories of the women who decided to take their case before the Court. The influential US daily said that, “the request by the Human Rights Commission to initiate an investigation to get to the top of the hierarchy is a blow to a presidency under siege. Corruption scandals and violence have already affected his approval ratings, the lowest for a Mexican president in a quarter century.”

For more information in Spanish:

La CIDH exige una investigación sobre el abuso sexual que sufrió un grupo de mujeres en Atenco en 2006, NYT, 22 de septiembre de 2016

Las mujeres de Atenco, NYT, septiembre 2016

Atenco, hace 10 años, mostró al país cómo sería la Presidencia de Peña, dice activista, Sinembargo, 25 de septiembre de 2016

México solicita a Corte Interamericana intervenir en caso de Atenco, Milenio, 17 de septeimbre de 2016

Remiten caso Atenco a Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, La Jornada, 17 de septeimbre de 2016

For more information from SIPAZ: 

Nacional: Irrupciones en territorios indígenas para la implementación de megaproyectos: San Francisco Xochicuautla y Atenco (14/04/2016)

Chiapas/Nacional: Marcha en solidaridad con la comunidad de San Francisco Xochicuautla (29 de julio de 2015)

Nacional: El FPDT de Atenco inicia movilizaciones después de anuncio de próximo aeropuerto (4 de septiembre de 2014)

Nacional: A 8 años de impunidad en Atenco, continúa amenaza de construcción del aeropuerto (8 de mayo de 2014)