Guerrero: CRAC-PC demystifies journalistic claims regarding UPOEG


Meeting in San Luis Acatlán, 17 February 2013. Photo @SIPAZ

On 6 March, the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) released a communiqué in which it demystifies the content of articles published in various media on the same day.  According to these sources, the CRAC would propose joint communal work with the Union of Peoples and Organizations of the State of Guerrero (UPOEG) and would permit the entrance of mining firms into communities pertaining to the CRAC.  In the communiqué released by the CRAC, it declares that these news “are absolutely untrue, and do not represent the position of our communal institution.  We have on several occasions made public our disagreement with the groups of self-defense promoted by the UPOEG, and for this reason in no way do we think we can change our mode of action with regards to the security of the communities that make up our communal system.”  The communiqué goes on to indicate that “in relation to the mines, our communities and peoples have manifested on several occasions their total rejection of the installation of mining firms on communal lands.  We believe that these notes and the means by which they were published represent a provocation on the part of governmental and media agencies to confuse the people and produce lack of confidence in our authorities.”

For more information (in Spanish):


Anuncia CRAC trabajo Conjunto con UPOEG para bien de las comunidades (Novedades Acapulco, 6 de marzo de 2013)

Policía comunitaria colaborará con autodefensa en Guerrero (El Mexicano, 6 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC) pronounces itself against state decree (26 February 2013)

Guerrero: Authorities linked to the UPOEG occupy the House of Justice of the CRAC in San Luis Acatlán (26 February 2013)

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre intervenes in situation of insecurity in Ayutla. Communal Police repeats: “it is not us” (24 January 2013)

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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