Guerrero: Search Begins for Missing CECOP Member, Vicente Suastegui Muñoz


On August 14th, nine days after the member of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposing the La Parota Dam (CECOP), Vicente Suastegui Muñoz, was deprived of his liberty by armed men, a search brigade in key points around Acapulco, Guerrero, for three days.

The National Search Commission, the State Prosecutor’s Office (FGE), the State Search Commission participated in the brigade, accompanied by the family of the disappeared person, social organizations and La Montaña Tlachinollan Human Rights Center. During the second day, after finding a burned taxi with a body inside, they suspended the search, but hours later Vicente Suastegui’s brother ruled out that the body was his brother.

“The desperation was tremendous when I went to the authorities instead of deploying a search operation to find my brother, they told me that he had three arrest warrants, as if he had no rights. But at this time I feel the support and backing of the search staff, the prosecution and social organizations. In this case it is to demonstrate and send a message that we are looking for Vicente, we hope to find him alive. The fact of coming to the field and not finding birds of prey or scavengers is a good sign for me; it tells us that he is alive”, said the brother of the disappeared person and CECOP spokesman, Marco Antonio Suastegui.

For more information in Spanish:

Falsa alarma en la búsqueda de ex dirigente del Cecop (La Jornada, 16 de agosto)

“No encontrar a mi hermano en las fosas o veredas, nos da esperanza de que sigue vivo” (Tlachinollan, 15 de agosto de 2021)

Aparece un carro quemándose con un cadáver durante la busqueda de Vicente Suástegui (El Sur de Acapulco, 16 de agosto de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ: 

Guerrero: Demands for Presentation of Vicente Suastegui, Missing CECOP Member (August 10, 2021)

Guerrero: Civil Organizations Highlight Violence and Impunity in La Montaña (May 17, 2021)

Guerrero: Vocero del CECOP presenta queja contra policías estatales que pretendían detenerlo (December 17, 2019) 

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