Communal Police in San Luis Acatlán (@SIPAZ archive)
In an assembly held on 9 March, the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) approved by a vote of 119 to 72 the integration of 48 communities in Acapulco pertaining to the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the la Parota Dam (CECOP). Part of the discussion had to do with the fact that the majority of the commissioners did not participate in the proposal. A commission of 20 members of CECOP were present at the meeting at which they complained of the harassment directed by the Acapulco mayor, Luis Walton, and indicated that many commissioners have been bought off by the government, receiving 2000 pesos monthly to be “on their side.”
Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, director of legal matters for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, considered it important that the CRAC incorporate communards and members of CECOP, given the increasing lack of security and aggressions performed by security forces in the region. He affirmed that Cacahuatepec is a Nahuatl indigenous community which enjoys Law 701, which allows original peoples to develop tasks of security and justice within their territories and to punish crimes in accordance with their uses and customs.
In contrast, José Villanueva Manzanares, spokesperson for the state government, noted that the position of the state administration is that there is no justification for the creation of any communal police units in rural, suburban, or urban regions or communities, unless they be comprised of the indigenous, given that in his view Cacahuatepec is a mestizo region.
For more information (in Spanish):
EN CACAHUATEPEC NO PUEDE HABER POLICÍA COMUNITARIA (Enfoque informativo, 11 de marzo de 2014)
Reprueban líderes de partidos políticos en Acapulco la creación de la policía comunitaria en Cacahuatepec (Sur de Acapulco, 11 de marzo de 2014)
Avala Tlachinollan aprobación de la Crac para incorporar a Cacahuatepec(La Jornada de Guerrero, 11 de marzo de 2014)
La Policía Comunitaria acepta el ingreso de 48 comunidades de Acapulco(Sur de Acapulco, 10 de marzo de 2014)
CRAC acepta conformar policía comunitaria en Acapulco (El Universal, 9 de marzo de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)