Members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) have undertaken the proceedings to form part of the Communal Police in the commons of Cacahuatepec and, in parallel terms, to found a new municipality. In a 15 January assembly in Agua Caliente, where relatives from 30 of the 47 communities which make up the municipality were present, CECOP spokesperson Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz announced that 2,461 persons had lost their crops in the wake of tropical storm Manuel. Pablo Guzmán Hernández, one of the founders of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC), confirmed that he would support the members of the organization. “Security is failing, with the police infiltrated, and just there are the drug traffickers. The justice system serves only to incarcerate social activists,” he said. Antonio Suástegui declared that the movement has always been peaceful and legal, but that no other option is open than to take arms.
For more information (in Spanish):
Crearán ejidatarios de Cacahuatepec su policía comunitaria, anuncian en asamblea (La Jornada de Guerrero, 16 de enero de 2014)
Anuncian opositores a la presa La Parota la creación de la Policía Comunitaria en pueblos de Cacahuatepec (El Sur de Acapulco, 16 de enero de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)
Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)