Members of the CPUVO @ Noticias
On 16 June, Bertín Vásquez Ruiz y Andrés Guadalupe Vásquez Ruiz, membes of the Coordination fo the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (CPUVO), were injured in an attack using firearms in the community of San José del Progreso. Virgilio Sánchez Vásquez, present representative of the CPUVO, blamed those associated with the Cuzcatlán mining firm that operates in the municipality and local authorities for the attack against those oppose the mine. In a press-conference carried out in front of the Palace of Governance in Oaxaca de Juárez on 17 June, members of the CPUVO reported that in light of the lack of satisfactory response, they will jointly initiate a series of mobilizations to demand justice for their dead, together with other social organizations. For its part, the Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory indicated in a communiqué that “From January to June 2012, there have been 3 attacks against CPUVO members in San José del Progreso, resulting in the deaths of 2 human-rights defenders: Bernardo Méndez Vásquez (18 January 2012) and Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez (15 March 2012), in addition to several persons injured by gunfire: Abigail Vásquez Sánchez, Rosalinda Dionisio Canseco, and Andrés Vásquez Sánchez.” The Collective demands an immediate and impartial investigation on the part of the State Attorney General’s Office and, like the CPUVO, the resignation of the authorities in the municipality, given that they are considered responsible for having committed irregularities and human-rights violations.
For more information (in Spanish):
Noticias: Regresa violencia a San José del Progreso (18/06/2012)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Oaxaca: Two opponents of mining in San José del Progreso are fired on (8 February 2012)