Guerrero: Govenor Aguirre intervenes in situation of insecurity in Ayutla. Communal Police repeats that “it is not us”

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Anniversary of the Communal Police, October 2011. Photo @SIPAZ

According to information from the newspaper La Jornada de Guerrero, the meeting that took place between members of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) and governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero on 21 January resulted in a proposal to formalize the Communal Police in exchange for a handing over of equipment, uniforms, and 1.5 million pesos from the state government to the organization.  Regardless, on that same day, information came out on the Desinformemonos webpage stressing that the CRAC’s position is never to accept orders or conditions from the government.  In the words of a juridical adviser to the CRAC, Valentín Hernández, regarding the movement of self-defense in Ayutla de los Libres and other municipalities: “[The Union of Peoples and Organizations of the State of Guerrero (UPOEG] has for some time been attempting to halt the process of incorporation of the communities of Ayutla de Los Libres, toward the end of handing over the CRAC’s work to the interests of the state government.  This is a very serious problem, something that we have never experienced in CRAC.  For this reason we demand respect for our principles of communal organization.”  The Communal Police reiterates that “it is not us” but rather the UPOEG which is sowing division.

During the 21 January meeting, the governor claimed that the Communal Police functions as an auxiliary police unit for the official police, this despite 17 years of autonomy.  The proposal, he said, is that the CRAC “assist in the prevention and operation of crimes; so that the Communal Police succeed in becoming regular and not contradict its constitutional and legal mark, it will take on a nature of auxiliary for public security, being permanently trained.”  The governor noted that the movement of citizens’ self-defense in Ayutla and Tecoanapa will gradually lessen over time, given that the Secure Guerrero Operation being coordinated among the three levels of government is now taking control.  Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, lawyer for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, assured that the return of soldiers to Ayutla to combat organized crime “is a huge mistake,” given that this move will cause human-rights violations to increase.  Rosales Sierra recalled that Ayutla is considered to be a red alert as regards the conflictivity that is there experienced: “it is a laboratory of low-intensity warfare following the El Charco massacre.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Guerrero Seguro está tomando el control en Ayutla y Teconapa, dice el gobernador (La Jornada de Guerrero, 22 de enero de 2013)

Propone Ángel Aguirre a la CRAC funcionar como una policía auxiliar (La Jornada de Guerrero, 22 de enero de 2013)

Las autodefensas comunitarias frente al crimen organizado en Guerrero, “no son harina del mismo costal” (Desinformémonos, 21 de enero de 2013)

Guerrero: Ya son 3 mil “vigilantes” (Excelsior, 22 de enero de 2013)

Un error, el regreso de los militares a Ayutla, lamenta Tlachinollan (La Jornada de Guerrero, 21 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Self-defense against organized crime in 4 municipalities (15 January 2013)

Guerrero: Social insurrection in Olinalá against organized crime (9 November 2012)

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