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The Indigenous Organizations for Human Rights in Oaxaca (OIDHO) has denounced that on 11 March a police operation entered “with an excess of force” to the land belonging to the Cacalotillo Cooperative for Aquaculture and Fishing, San Pedro Tututepec municipality, Juquila, to displace the community, leaving seven members of the Cooperative arrested.
OIDHO also denounced the organization that “attacked and threatened residents of the communities with death […]. Women and female children were threatened with rape if they did not leave the land.” OIDHO affirmed that the police were acting on the orders of Francisco Gil, “a rich and powerful man who would like to have the land for himself. Residents of the beach community yelled at them [the police] that their arrest-orders had been fabricated,” noted the press release.
It should be noted that the Cacalotillo Cooperative recovered the land “using juridical means and legal possession for more than a year, thus founding the community and resisting the caciques of the region” who have interests in the beach for touristic purposes. In this way, “the residents of the community and Cooperative members have been subjected to death threats,” and the Judicial Police has arrived to intimidate and sow fear, as indicated in the denunciation.
For more information (in Spanish):
Boletín de OIDHO (11 de marzo de 2014)
Realiza Policía Estatal desalojo violento en Cacalotillo, Tututepec; denuncian abusos (Página 3, 12 de marzo de 2014)
Desalojo violento en la playa Cacalotillo, Costa de Oaxaca (CML Luna Sexta, 11 de marzo de 2014)
Cooperativa Cacalotillo, en pie de lucha a seis meses de la toma de la playa Barra Prieta (Mexico Nomads Network, 31 de julio de 2013)