Caravan to the South in Monte Alban (@Movimiento por la Paz)
On 11 September, the Caravan to the South called for by the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity and comprised of more than 500 persons and 13 buses arrived in Oaxaca from the neighboring state of Guerrero. It made a first stop in Huajuapan de León in the Oaxacan Mixtec region, where it was welcomed by local organizations that spoke more than anything about the “other face of violence: that which comes from paramilitaries and the State itself, [a violence that] has arisen from the abandonment and forgetting of social demands.” There was held a posthumous homage to Bety Cariño, a social activist murdered more than a year and five months ago together with the Finn Jyri Jaakkola in the Triqui region.
On Monday 12, the members of the Caravan were welcome by indigenous Zapotec, Mixtec, and Triqui members in the archaeological zone of Monte Albán, close to Oaxaca de Juárez. A ceremony with copal, prayer, flowers, and drums welcomed them. Following the ceremony, there were begun five Tables of Meeting and Dialogue with indigenous peoples and communities in resistance to defend their territory; the victims of repression, women, journalists, and other victims of violence. Grievances and violence generated in the state by the advance of the war against organized crime were broadly discussed.
On 13 September, the Caravan for Peace to the South directed itself to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. In the act celebrated in Juchitán, Javier Sicilia denounced that “There are no trustworthy links among authorities and citizens, and for that reason has failed Calderón’s strategy. The Achilles heel of the system of justice is its corruption. This will end when the citizens unite, recognizing differences and recovering the trust lost through corruption.” The question of violence against migrants from Central and South America was touched on upon the visiting of centers of support for migrants in Tehuantepec and Ixtepec. Entering Chiapas on 14 September, the Caravan for Peace also plans to arrive in the city of Tecún Umán in Guatemala to hold a joint act with human-rights defenders from Latin America in which the hundreds of Mexican victims will ask forgiveness for the murders and disappearances of migrants passing through Mexico.
For more information (in Spanish):
Fotos, audios y vídeos en el Sitio del Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad
Síntesis de las mesas de trabajo con la Caravana del Sur en Oaxaca(pdf, 1.5 MB, 14 pg.)
Indígenas de Oaxaca exponen su dolor e indignación ante la Caravana por la Paz (La Jornada, 12 September)
Indígenas oaxaqueños suman exigencias de paz a Caravana (La Jornada, 12 September)
Caravana de la Paz arriba a Oaxaca (El Universal, 12 September)
Indígenas se suman a Movimiento por la Paz (El Universal, 12 September)
La Caravana del Sur ofrenda paz en las ruinas de Monte Albán, Oaxaca(CNN México, 12 September)
Caravana de la Paz avanza hacia Tehuantepec (El Universal, 13 September)
Solalinde critica bloqueo a Caravana por la Paz (El Universal, 13 September)
El crimen organizado, no los pueblos indios, “balcanizaron el país”: Sicilia (Proceso, 13 September)
Juchitecos reciben a Sicilia y exigen a Calderón “entender la tragedia del sur” (Proceso, 13 September)
La caravana del Sur visita a presos por conflictos políticos en Oaxaca(CNN México, 13 September)
“Migrantes, los nuevos esclavos de la delincuencia” (El Universal, 14 September)
“Ni nos radicalizamos ni perdemos el control del movimiento”: Sicilia(Milenio, 14 September)
Caravana por la Paz (Youtube, 21 September 2011)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Annunciation of the Caravan to the South in Chiapas (23 September 2011)
Mexico: March “Steps for Peace” (19 August)