In a statement published on June 28th, municipal agencies and community authorities that constitute the municipality of San Mateo del Mar blamed the municipal president along with a businessman from the same municipality for the violent events during the last two months that have left more than 15 people killed, houses burned and several people injured. They reported that insecurity continues as well as the absence of the government, despite their various requests for security measures.
They pointed out that this is not an internal conflict between communities, but rather attacks by an armed group controlled by an external agent with economic and political interests that intends to continue controlling, lying and distorting the truth for their personal ends. The statement emphasized that for this reason “since last year and since January 20th, 2020, the State government was informed and intervention requested by the authorities of the municipal capital and the agencies and communities that make up the Ikoots municipality of San Mateo del Mar.”
Representatives from the 13 communities openly questioned the actions of the state and federal authorities as well as the National Guard on June 21st:
“- Why did the National Guard abandon the town on the night of June 21st, why did they withdraw from the place?
– Why did the State Government not see to it when we requested attention?
– Who did nothing or did not act accordingly to avoid this tragedy?
– To which political and economic interests do government institutions that violate our autonomy respond?”
More information in Spanish:
Ponen queja contra Guardia Nacional por abandonar San Mateo del Mar en medio del conflicto (Educa Oaxaca, 30 de junio)
En San Mateo del Mar, la violencia de desbordó a la vista de todos y terminó en masacre(El Universal Oaxaca, 29 de junio)
Responsabilizan a alcalde por asesinatos en San Mateo del Mar, Oaxaca(Mileno, 29 de junio)
LA VIOLENCIA SISTEMICA CRIMINALIZA A PUEBLO INDIGENA IKOOTS(Comunicado Agencias Municipales y Comunidades que integran el municipio de San Mateo del Mar, 28 de junio)
More information from SIPAZ:
Oaxaca: Violent Attacks in San Mateo del Mar Leave 15 Dead (June 23, 2020)
Oaxaca: Violence in San Mateo del Mar Leaves One Dead (May 7, 2020)
Oaxaca: Conflicto post-electoral en San Mateo del Mar (September 9, 2017)