Guerrero: Murders of social leaders continue


On 16 November in Atoyac de Álvarez in the Costa Grande of Guerrero, Juan Lucena and José Luis Sotelo were murdered, being campesino leaders of the El Paraíso community.  The events took place a day before the annunciation of the creation of a communal police in the community and eight days after the murder of Luis Olivares Enríquez, director of the Popular Organization of Producers of the Costa Grande (OPPCG) in the Coyuca de Benítez municipality.  One of the relatives of the victims noted that this was a political crime and that the murders could have been prevented by the police.  At the scene of the crime there were two municipal police who, upon learning of the murder, did nothing.  “This is a political crime that comes from power groups in the government who are out of control,” said someone to La Jornada.  The motive of the crime is clear, because “as has occurred with other social activists, execution is the easiest way of getting rid of such people.  They were leaders in the community, and they motivated everyone,” insisted the source.

For more information (in Spanish):

Continúa el asesinato sistemático de líderes sociales en Guerrero(Revolución Tres Punto Cero, 18 de noviembre de 2013)

Asesinan a balazos a dos dirigentes campesinos en Atoyac, Guerrero (La Jornada, 16 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Murder of agricultural leader Luis Olivares Enríquez (14 November 2013)

Guerrero: Using violence, 30 masked men abduct 4 men from Coyuca de Benítez (13 November 2013)

Guerrero: two nephews of ecological leadership are murdered (16 November 2012)

Guerrero: Urgent Action for disappeared ecologists (8 February 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologists are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

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