On 13 July, to mark the eleventh anniversary of the founding of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), members of this group and at least 14 other social organizations from Guerrero held a march on the Acapulco-Pinotepa national highway to demand the release of the CECOP spokesperson, Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, who has been incarcerated since mid-June. Another reason for the protest was to reject the La Parota hydroelectric dam project, which is to be constructed near Acapulco. Lastly, protestors expressed their support for the release of all political prisoners in the state. At least a thousand persons participated in the event.
At the beginning of the march, protestors faced Navy personnel, but there were no confrontations or attacks; some protestors expressed their desire that the soldiers abandon the zone. In the community of Las Chanecas, there was a patrol of the Ministerial Police with five agents who withdrew upon arrival of the protest.
Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, lawyer for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, noted that the march demonstrated the capacity of response from CECOP and other organizations to prevent the construction of the La Parota dam.
For more information (in Spanish):
Marchan al menos 14 organizaciones con el Cecop por la liberación de Suástegui (La Jornada de Guerrero, 14 de julio de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: CRAC accepts 48 new communities from Acapulco (16 March 2014)
Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)