Guerrero: Mobilization of the Communal Police against mining

Communal Police @SIPAZ

On 22 August, the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC) initiated an informational campaign for indigenous peoples in the regions of Costa Chica and la Montaña regarding mining activities in the zone.  It reports that Canadian and English firms intend to begin open-pit mines without consulting local residents, including deposits of gold, silver, zinc, and other metals.  In a 20 August bulletin, the CRAC-PC mentions that “the mobilization is to support the population toward the end of strengthening public security, as well as to inform the public in general of important aspects of interest to all.”  The bulletin continues: “Our people have already taken the decision: We will not allow the installation of mines in our territories.  The federal, state, and municipal governments should support us and observe our right to consultation.  We have the preferred historical right to the use and preservation of our lands and territories.”  The CRAC-PC invites civil society to an assembly to be held on 27 August, in the community of Tenamazapa, municipality of Tlacoapa, so as to continue the struggle for the defense of territory.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de la CRAC-PC (21 August)

Alerta Policía Comunitaria sobre proyectos de mineras en Guerrero (La Jornada, 22 August)

Inician pueblos de Guerrero lucha contra labor de mineras extranjeras(La Jornada, 21 August)

Weblog de la Policía Comunitaria

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero – briefs: Tlachinollan requests support in the case of Radio Ñomndaa; Invitation to a workshop against mining in the Montaña and Costa Chica regions (18 March)

Guerrero – briefs: Mining exploration continues in the Montaña region without permission from communities; reinstallation of the blockade against La Parota (January 13, 2011)

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