Guerrero: 27th Anniversary of Aguas Blancas Massacre

@Animal Politico

On June 28, the 27th anniversary of the Aguas Blancas massacre in which 17 peasants were murdered in that area of ​​the municipality of Coyuca de Benítez by members of the State Motorized Police and judicial agents was commemorated.

In this context, the Campesino Organization of the Sierra del Sur (OCSS) demanded that the Governor of Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado, reopen the case and do justice. Some 100 members of that organization and others close to it carried out a march to the monument that commemorates the massacre. One of its leaders, Norma Mesino denounced that “the OCSS has had displaced people, disappeared people, assassinated people, massacres, and here we are even though they want to silence us and finish us off with bullets, with hugs.” She announced that “we are going to resort to international courts. It is clear to us that there will be no justice here.”

Meanwhile, the Popular Revolutionary Army said in a statement that “in the case of Aguas Blancas, justice involves reopening the case and prosecuting and punishing those responsible.” It also stressed that “today Governor Evelin Salgado Pineda and the 4T in Guerrero have the historic opportunity to stop the policy of terror that bleeds the people of Guerrero and bringing state criminals to justice, both past and present.” It recalled that what happened “was not a simple act of indiscipline” or “a routine operation that got out of control”, nor was it a “reckless attack”, much less a “confrontation”“It was a massacre resulting from a large-scale counterinsurgency operation, in which the entire State apparatus was arranged, before, during and after the crime.” “Those responsible from the structures of the State continue under the protection of the Mexican State across terms of office; justice is not reduced to protocol acts of forgiveness and public apologies from the perpetrator institutions, where victims and perpetrators are put on the same level and nature with the perverse intention of redeeming, purifying and honoring the perpetrator, in this case the Mexican Army, and thereby perpetuate impunity”, it said.

For its part, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), which has accredited human rights violations in the case in its recommendation 104/95, stated that the demands “for the release of political prisoners and the clarification of the executions of leaders of social organizations” be kept alive.

In turn, La Montaña Tlachinollan Human Rights Center declared in a statement that “in Guerrero forced disappearance has been a constant in the past and in the present, as well as massacres perpetrated by police forces and the armed forces. (…) Our state is marked by blood and the absence of indigenous people and students who raise their voices. In Aguas Blancas, El Charco and the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa, the counterinsurgent strategy was applied. What else do the walls of impunity hide?”

For more information in Spanish:

Marchan con exigencia de justicia para las 17 víctimas de Aguas Blancas (La Jornada, 29 de junio de 2022)

Aguas Blancas: 27 años de la masacre y ninguno de los responsables está detenido (Animal Político, 28 de junio de 2022)

Guerrero herido, marcado por la ausencia (CDH Tlachinollan, 28 de junio de 2022)

Se mantiene exigencia de esclarecer masacre de Aguas Blancas: CNDH (La Jornada, 28 de junio de 2022)

A 27 años de la masacre de Aguas Blancas, piden reabrir el caso (La Jornada, 28 de junio de 2022)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: 26th Anniversary of Aguas Blancas Massacre (June 30, 2021)

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