Guerrero: La Parota communards denounce agression of police-military operation

La Parota. Foto (@Sipaz)La Parota (@SIPAZ)

During the morning of 27 February, units from the Army and the federal, state, ministerial, and municipal police invaded the community of Concepción, the site of a sit-in maintained by the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP).

During the operation, which had at its end the location and arrest of CECOP spokesperson Marco Suástegui Muñoz, a number of houses were searched, with possessions stolen and some communards beaten, according to the denunciation made in press-conference by Marco Suástegui, who avoided detection and arrest.

Marco held Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero responsible for the act and warned that CECOP would not allow similar acts to be repeated.

At the root of the events, the CECOP assembly decided to present a complaint before the National Commission on National Rights (CNDH), to strengthen the sit-in, install more checkpoints, and prohibit the entrance of the municipal police and any other governmental representative.

“Now more than ever we will not surrender, nor will we have fear; the message to the governor is that if he wants war, we await him here.  We will await the entrance of the Army; we will install more checkpoints and barricades so that if they want to invade again, we will not be surprised.  In place of intimidating us and making us feel fear, we fear more rage and it strengthens us,” noted Marco Suástegui.

The operation took place days after residents of the zone pertaining to the 47 communities which make up the Communal Goods of Cacahuatepec in the rural area of Acapulco formally installed their own communal police, as regulated by the Regional Council of Communal Authorities.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian comuneros de La Parota que policías ministeriales allanaron vivienda (La Jornada, 27 de febrero de 2014)

Denuncian pobladores irrupción del Ejército en La Parota (El Universal, 27 de febrero de 2014)

Irrumpen soldados y policías en busca del líder del Cecop y agreden a una familia (El Sur de Acapulco, 28 de febrero de 2014)

Entrega el Cecop solicitud a la Crac para crear la comunitaria de Cacahuatepec (La Jornada de Guerrero, 5 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: CECOP announces creation of Communal Police in Cacahuatepec communities (22 January 2014)

Guerrero: Sympathizers of the La Parota dam injure two CECOP members with machetes (12 November 2013)

Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre Rivero will not support construction of La Parota (27 August 2012)

Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project (20 July 2012)

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