Oaxaca: third attack on the Communal Police of Álvaro Obregón in April

Policía Comunitario agredido. Foto (@Tierra y Territorio)

Assaulted communal police. Photo (@Tierra y Territorio)

On 13 April, yet another attack took place against the Communal Police of the Álvaro Obregón community, Juchitán municipality.  The target of the attack, Nibardo Toledo Vicente, was assaulted by 7 individuals from the Zapata ejido.  According to the denunciation from the Assembly of the Indigenous Peoples of the Tehuantepec Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory (APIITDTT), one of his assailants attempted to cut his throat using a broken bottle.  Protecting himself from this attack by using his arm, he suffered an cut of 8 centimeters in length.

This is the third case of an attack suffered by members of the Communal Police during the month of April.  According to the APIITDTT, “These acts seek to intimidate the comrades who find themselves building their autonomy and self-determination, using attacks that seek to take their lives,” and they demand that the authorities respect the Communal Council of Álvaro Obregón, which is a “legitimate institution elected under laws made by the Communal Assembly.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Nuevo atentado contra compañero de la Policía Comunitaria de Álvaro Obregón, intentan degollarlo (Tierra y Territorio, 14 de abril de 2014)

Denuncian nuevo atentado contra policía comunitario en Juchitán, Oaxaca(La Jornada, 15 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Members of the Communal Police of Álvaro Obregón detained (30 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Denunciation of new attacks in Álvaro Obregón and organizational call for National Indigenous Congress in the Isthmus Region (28 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Opponents to wind-energy parks threatened with death in the Isthmus (2 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Denunciation of harassment and death-threats against human-rights defenders in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (9 December 2013)

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