Guerrero: Mixed Unit Disarms 500 Municipal Police and Arrests Two Officers in Acapulco; Public Security Controlled by SEDENA, SEMAR and State Police

October 2, 2018


On September 25th, some 100 Navy elements backed by some 250 soldiers, state and ministerial police took over the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP in its Spanish acronym) of Acapulco, disarmed more than 500 municipal police officers and detained two officers of the body accused of homicide, who were sent to the Iguala prison.

The operation was organized on suspicion of probable “infiltration of criminal groups” in the body and against the null performance of the municipal police against an increase in the crime rate, said the spokesman of the Guerrero Coordination Group (GCG), Roberto Alvarez Heredia at a press conference. He announced that security and the protection of citizens of the municipality of Acapulco will be under control of the State Secretariat of Public Security with the support of the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA in its Spanish acronym), the Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR in its Spanish acronym) and the Federal Police.

“The State Attorney General’s Office executed two arrest warrants against Luis Fernando alias El Fenix and Brayan Antonio alias El Brayan for their probable responsibility in the crime of aggravated homicide, who, up to this point, serve as operational commands of the Secretariat of Public Security of Acapulco City Council. The rest of the members of this body are subject to investigation” and they will be subject to trust control tests, he explained.

“The actions carried out yesterday did not register any incident and were carried out in strict adherence to the law and the corresponding protocol and the elements are at this moment under review along with their weapons,” the spokesperson said.

This operation took place after the mayor elected by MORENA, Adela Roman Ocampo, who will take office in a few days, publicly denounced that organized crime controlled the body, and even threatened to kill her collaborators, arguing that if changes were made to the police, “they were going to receive them with bullets,” local newspapers reported.

For more information in Spanish:

Toma la Marina la SSP de Acapulco, desarma a 500 policías y detiene a dos mandos (El Sur, 26 de septiembre de 2018)

Detienen a dos mandos de la policía en Acapulco; toma el gobierno estatal la seguridad (El Sur, 25 de septiembre de 2018)

Afirman que dos carteles infiltraron policía municipal de Acapulco (El Universal, 25 de septiembre de 2018)

La Marina asume el control de seguridad en Acapulco; detienen a 18 policías (Proceso, 25 de septiembre de 2018)

Sedena, Semar y Policía estatal asumen seguridad en Acapulco (La Jornada, 25 de septiembre de 2018)

Relevan a municipales en Acapulco; agentes estatales, al mando (Excelsior, 26 de septiembre de 2018)

Toma Gobierno del Estado de Guerrero control de la Policía Municipal de Acapulco (Aristegui Noticias, 25 de septiembre de 2018)

Si hay cambios en Policía, “los recibiremos a balazos”, advierte el crimen a alcaldesa electa de Acapulco (Proceso, 24 de septiembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero : allanan las oficinas de la agencia de noticias Quadratín en Acapulco (25 de abril de 2018)

Guerrero : Asesinan y estigmatizan a la periodista y bloguera Leslie Ann Pamela Montenegro del Real en Acapulco (13 de febrero de 2018)

National: Defenders and Journalists Denounce Insufficient Resources for Continuity of Protection Mechanism

September 26, 2018

Protection@Red es Poder

 On September 19th, members of the Consultative Council (CC) of the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico denounced at a press conference that the more than 700 people benefiting from it are about to be left without such protection and that, they affirm, the Federal Government “has not set aside the necessary resource to guarantee the implementation of the protection measures and, on the contrary, since 2016 it has had a budget decrease of 77%.”

The complainants expressed their concern at this “governmental oversight that puts at risk the life and physical and emotional integrity of hundreds of human rights defenders and journalists, who saw their work truncated, after physical attacks, assassination attempts, death threats, defamation campaigns, disappearance, femicide, among other types of aggression.” They also expressed that in most cases there is impunity “which makes permissible the prevalence, increase and aggravation of aggressions against those who exercise the defense of human rights and/or journalism.”

Officials of the federal government reported that there are economic resources for the end of the year, without guarantees for 2019. The members of the CC affirmed that “the integral protection of human rights defenders and journalists is not a matter of six-year terms, but it has to be assumed as a state policy in which life and physical integrity is involved.” They also noted that, “a comprehensive policy has not been developed to incorporate the gender, intercultural and human rights perspective, where the mechanism operates not only in a reactive manner, but also in a preventive manner to eradicate aggressions against human rights defenders and journalists.” They called on “the Budget Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and the next federal government to grant a sufficient budget, as well as guarantee its transparent use and the strengthening of the structure of the mechanism.”

For more information in Spanish:

Sequía en mecanismo de protección a periodistas por falta de recursos (La Jornada, 21 de septiembre de 2018)

Mecanismo de Protección recibe 75 mdp para terminar 2018; defensores acusan que es insuficiente (Animal Político, 20 de septiembre de 2018)

Peña pone en riesgo la vida de los 727 beneficiarios del Mecanismo de Protección: activistas (Proceso, 20 de septiembre de 2018)

Gobierno se lava las manos y aprueba recursos para proteger a periodistas y defensores hasta diciembre (Huffpost, 20 de septiembre de 2018)

La bolsa para la protección de periodistas, cerca de quedarse sin dinero (ADN Político, 19 de septiembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National / International: UN-DH denounces that 10 Human Rights Defenders have been murdered in Mexico until now in 2018 (Sept. 21st, 2018)

National: UN-DH urges Mexico to guarantee resources for the protection of journalists and human rights defenders (Sept. 17th, 2018)

National/International: International organizations call Mechanism for Protection for Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists into question (May 16th, 2015)

National: A delicate moment for the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights Defenders and Journalists (Mar. 30th, 2014

National: Launching of Consultative Council of Mechanism for Protection of Journalists and Rights-Defenders (Oct. 26th, 2012)

Chiapas: investigation of resignations of women candidates elected as mayors or deputies whose positions would be occupied by men

September 20, 2018


In the first days of September, at least 30 women who had been elected as mayors or deputies in the elections of last July 1 submitted their resignation to the Institute of Elections and Citizen Participation (IEPC) of Chiapas. It is feared that they were forced to do so, so as to open the possibility for their positions to be occupied by men.

Although they argued that they did so voluntarily, the IEPC has expressed its concern, fearing that these are cases of political violence against women, so the Provisional Commission for Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination will analyze the situation and the reasons for the mass resignations.

So far, those who have resigned are women from the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM) of the Tuxtla Chico and Mapastepec municipalities; of Nueva Alianza in Frontera Comalapa; and from the local party Podemos Mover a Chiapas in Suchiapa. In the municipality of Frontera Hidalgo, the elected municipal president, Leticia Galindo Gamboa, from the PVEM, resigned as well. Ten women from the Green Party who should be made deputies in the local Congress through proportional representationalso resigned.

The IEPC explained that the electoral law has not been violated since, at the time, all the political parties “complied with the parity when registering their forms both for the local mayorships and the local deputies.” However, he clarified that “registering a woman and then compeling her to resign and replace her with a man ─ what are known as simulated candidacies ─, besides being political violence, could be a possible fraud to the law, and if it so, in no way will it be permited“.

For his part, the presiding counselor of the National Electoral Institute (INE), Lorenzo Cordova, condemned the acts of political violence and stated that they would represent a regression in gender parity. He announced that on September 10, a commission of councilors of the INE will go to Chiapas to verify the situation and establish actions in the defense of women’s political rights.

The governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco, instructed the Justice Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the situation: “I strongly condemn that the women elected in the July 1 elections could be renouncing their positions due to pressure or to be victims of political violence in order to resign”, he said.

For more information (in Spanish):

Chiapas investiga si renuncia de candidatas fue por presión (Polí, 8 de septiembre de 2018)

¿Violencia política contra mujeres en Chiapas? Fiscalía investiga renuncia de 30 regidoras y diputadas (Animal Política, 8 de septiembre de 2018)

Ganaron pero las sustituiría un hombre: 30 regidoras y diputadas renuncian a sus cargos en Chiapas (Animal Político, 7 de septiembre de 2018)

40 mujeres electas renuncian, varones serán diputados o regidores (Regeneración, 7 de septiembre de 2018)

Condena INE que obliguen a candidatas a renunciar para que varones ocupen sus cargos (Aristegui Noticias, 7 de septiembre de 2018)

En Chiapas, al menos 40 “Juanitas” ceden sus cargos de elección popular (Proceso, 6 de septiembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: Historic Elections in Mexico – Historic Record of Political Violence July 17, 2018

National: 94 Candidates Murdered; Over 1,000 Leave Election Campaign June 25, 2018

Oaxaca: 17 Men Pose as Transgender to Register as Candidates May 14, 2018

Chiapas: Manuel Velasco Coello, from governor to senator to substitute governor.

September 17, 2018

Manuel Velasco Coello (@Wikipedia)

Just on August 29, Manuel Velasco had requested a license as governor of Chiapas to be able to take oath as a senator of the Republic, since he was selected as such by the principle of proportional representation for the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM), even entering as coordinator of said party in the legislative body, and despite having been integrated at the last moment into the list.

Days before, the Congress of Chiapas modified constitutional articles 45, 52, 55 and 56 opening the possibility for him to return to the government of Chiapas for a few months, until December 8 when the governor-elect in the elections of the past first July, Rutilio Escandón Cadenas, will assume this position. The Constitution of Chiapas before its modification made it clear that the governor could quit only for serious reasons and it prevented that an interim governor, who has been governor in the same period, could return to his position.

On September 4, the Senate endorsed Velasco’s license to leave his position as legislator for an indefinite period. In a first attempt, this possibility had been rejected by the plenary, although after that the Political Coordination Board approved to modify the agenda, to allow a second vote in which 82 votes in favor were registered, 31 against and 4 abstentions. In a discussion that lasted four hours, several senators defended license applications as an inalienable right of any legislator. Gustavo Madero, of the National Action Party (PAN), criticized that the issue of the license was discussed twice in the same session: Let’s not start the fourth transformation by denting the prestige of the Senate. Although it’s two documents, it’s the same issue. What we are seeing is a license application twice. We are going to be here for six years and we are going to remember that in our first session we voted on the same issue in two directions “. For her part, Senator Blanca Estela Piña Gudiño, from Morena said: “The modifications approved in Chiapas represent a new excess against the citizenship, since these reforms are made as a suit tailored to benefit Manuel Velasco Coello, this is also a sign that the will of the people of Mexico has not been fully understood ».

In previous days, the Coparmex of Chiapas had criticized the possibility that Velasco might return to the State Government and assured that the way of proceeding of the Congress represented an affront to the democratic and institutional life of the state. On the other hand, about a thousand people among activists, human rights defenders, normal students, displaced indigenous people, businessmen and trade unionists protested in front of the local Congress against the constitutional reforms that allowed the governor Manuel Velasco Coello to leave office, go to the Senate and go back to finish his six-year term. The protesters asked for a political trial against Velasco and that he account for the resources handled during his six-year term.

The fact is that the license was granted and Velasco’s place in the Senate will be occupied by Enrique Murat Hinojosa (son of the ex-governor of Oaxaca, José Murat), who was appointed as his substitute.

Several analysts have indicated that the vote in favor of this license was given in exchange for the Green Party to transferred to 5 deputies to Morena, led by the elected president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, allowing this later to consolidate an absolute majority in the Chamber. of Deputies (with 252 legislators). However, Ricardo Monreal, leader of Morena in the Senate, assured that there were no agreements with the Green Party.

Velasco affirmed that “I made the decision to return to Chiapas to face and fulfill my assignment until the last minute of December 8. I made the decision to assume my responsibility as Governor to close well the state administration and to promote a successful and beneficial government transition for my state”.

For more information (in Spanish):

Y a todo esto, ¡por qué le urge a Velasco regresar? En Chiapas dicen que es por los recursos (Sin Embargo, 5 de septiembre de 2018)

Monreal niega intercambio de favores con el Verde y Velasco; Batres pide atender la crítica (Sin Embargo, 5 de septiembre de 2018)

En 5 horas se perdió la esperanza de la “cuarta transformación”en Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 5 de septiembre de 2018)

Morena consumó una dolorosa traición a Chiapas (El Tiempo de Chiapas, 5 de septiembre de 2018)

Tras intenso debate, el Senado aprueba dar licencia a Velasco (La Jornada, 5 de septiembre de 2018)

En Senado, Morena vota por licencia de Velasco; en San Lázaro el PVEM le cede 5 diputados (Animal Político, 4 de septiembre)

Que siempre sí: el Senado aprueba licencia de Manuel Velasco; volverá a Chiapas (Animal Político, 4 de septiembre de 2018)

Manuel Velasco mete en aprietos a Morena: le niega la licencia, se arma un caos y después se la da (Sin Embargo, 4 de septiembre de 2018)

Primero le niegan y luego le dan licencia a Manuel Velasco, para volver como gobernador de Chiapas (Aristegui Noticias, 4 de septiembre de 2018)

El PVEM cede cinco diputados y da a Morena mayoría absoluta en San Lázaro (Proceso, 4 de septiembre de 2018)

Manuel Velasco ya es otra vez Gobernador; lo reciben con protestas en Chiapas (Sin Embargo, 4 de septiembre de 2018)

Protestan ante eventual regreso de Manuel Velasco al gobierno de Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 4 de septiembre de 2018)

Ciudadanos protestan en el Congreso de Chiapas por autorizar la licencia a Velasco (Proceso, 3 de septiembre de 2018)

Manuel Velasco será su propio sustituto como gobernador tras modificar la Constitución de Chiapas (Animal Político, 29 de agosto de 2018)

La farsa de Velasco: pide licencia como gobernador, rinde protesta como senador y se regresa a gobernar (Proceso, 28 de agosto de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Manuel Velasco Coello Presents Fifth Government Activities Report April 12, 2018

Chiapas: Manuel Velasco presents his first Governmental Report January 1, 2014

Chiapas: accession of Manuel Velasco Coello to governorship December 21, 2012

Chiapas: Meeting of CIG Support Networks, COMPARTE 2018 “For Life and Liberty” and 15th Anniversary of the Zapatista Caracoles

August 22, 2018

EZComparte 2018 (@Radio Pozol)

From August 3rd to 9th, several activities convened by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) were held in the Caracol of Morelia, Whirlwind of our Words, Zona Zotch’oj.

From the 3rd to the 5th, the Meeting of Support Networks of the Indigenous Council of Government (CIG in its Spanish acronym) was held. During three days the process of collecting signatures for the candidacy of Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez, Marichuy, spokesperson of the CIG of the CNI (National Indigenous Congress) for the Presidency of the Republic in the July elections was analyzed. Several proposals were also presented that will be consulted within the organizations and in December the conclusions will be presented regarding the process to be followed up on in a second meeting of networks, probably in Chiapas.

In its participation, the EZLN raised its own analysis of what is happening at the international, regional, national and local levels. It ratified its critical position regarding the president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), and does not see him as a possibility of real change for the country: “there is no indication that [the Lopez Obrador government] will be progressive”; and warned that there will be “disappointment”. Subcomandante Moises affirmed that “there is no good boss” and Lopez Obrador “wants to turn this into a farm”, suiting to his own interests, not only the countryside, but also the cities. The EZLN also affirmed that the main projects announced by AMLO continue to represent a threat to the lands and territories of the indigenous peoples, referring in particular to “one million hectares in the Lacandona, and the Isthmus train or the Isthmus corridor that they want to make”. It announced that it will continue in resistance in the communities and proposed the creation of a large civil organization at the national level as well as the creation of new non-indigenous and international civil councils.

In the following days, in the presence of thousands of indigenous people, support bases of the EZLN and its military commanders, the Comparte 2018 was held with different artistic and cultural activities, as well as the 15th anniversary of the creation of its five caracoles (autonomous regions) headquarters of the so-called Good Government Councils (JBG in its Spanish acronym).

For more information in Spanish:

Nuestro objetivo es cuidar la esperanza zapatista: Galeano (Aristegui Noticias, 10 de agosto de 2018)

A XV años de los Caracoles y JBG, la “Esperanza Zapatista” continúa (Radio Pozol, 10 de agosto de 2018)

Tejiendo organización en colectivo – Encuentro de redes en apoyo al CIG (Regeneración, 10 de agosto de 2018)

En festejo zapatista, Galeano pinta “caracoles” a los “malos gobiernos” (Proceso, 9 de agosto de 2018)

Proyectos de AMLO destruirán territorios de pueblos indígenas: EZLN (Radio Formula, 8 de agosto de 2018)

Otra raya al tigre: EZLN va contra proyectos de AMLO para el campo (ADN Político, 8 de agosto de 2018)

El Ejército Zapatista advierte que habrá “desilusión” con López Obrador (ADN Político, 6 de agosto de 2018)

La estrategia del caracol (La Jornada, 6 de agosto de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas/Nacional : Conversatorio “Miradas, escuchas, palabras: ¿prohibido pensar? (27 de abril de 2018)

Chiapas/Nacional: CNI y EZLN lanzan convocatoria y denuncian la represión contra la comunidad Purépecha de Michoacán (11 de abril de 2017)

Chiapas : 2do Encuentro del « ConCiencias por la Humanidad » convocado por el EZLN (4 de enero de 2018)

Chiapas: a forum on Free Determination is held in Bachajón

August 9, 2018

Photo @ SIPAZ

On August 8 and 9, under the premise that “the construction of autonomy is done collectively”, a forum on “Free determination and defense of the territory” was held in the Bachajón ejido, municipality of Chilón.

On the first day of the forum, which was convened by the Movement in Defense of Life and Territory (Modevite), more than 500 people exchanged experiences of self-determination and defense of the territory among indigenous peoples. Representatives of the Permanent Commission for Peace and Justice in Oxchuc were present; as well as of the Indigenous Movement of the Zoque People of Faith in Defense of Life and Territory (Zodevite); of San Felipe de los Herreros (Michoacán) and of the Colectivo Emancipaciones.

The second day consisted of a pilgrimage and a mass in the Bachajón ejido. By means of a pronouncement the different movements and collectives demanded:

“To the Electoral and Citizen Participation Institute of the State of Chiapas, to carry out all the necessary steps so that in Chilón, Sitalá and Oxchuc, our right to elect our municipal authorities according to our internal normative systems becomes effective, a right which is recognized in the second article, section A, section III of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States.

To the Federal Government ,to adapt the text of Article 115 of the Constitution, in such a way that the figure of the Indigenous Municipalities is contemplated, protecting and enforcing the recognition of the right to self-government on the part of indigenous peoples and communities throughout the country.

To the corresponding Authorities, to stop the process of privatization of water that puts our hydrological basins and the survival of our communities at risk. For us, water is not an economic resource, but a source of life, that is why we are willing to defend it to the ultimate consequences. “

For more information (in Spanish):

Indígenas chiapanecos realizan foro sobre Libre determinación (La Jornada Maya, 9 de agosto de 2018)

Pronunciamiento Modevite (Blog Modevite, 9 de agosto de 2018)

Indígenas de Chiapas y otros estados realizan “Foro por la libre determinación y en defensa del territorio (Proceso, 8 de agosto de 2018)

Partidos políticos ¡nunca más!: Pueblos originarios (Chiapas Paralelo, 10 de agosto de 2018)

Plantean instituir la figura del municipio indígena en México (La Jornada, 10 de agosto de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: The Councils of the Community Government from the Municipalities of Chilón and Sitalá are presented publicy May 30, 2018

Chiapas: MODEVITE Mobilizes in Defense of Mother Earth and Self-Determination November 24, 2017

Chiapas: MOVEDITE Announcement on Early Political Campaigns August 29, 2017

National: Cerezo Committee Demands Amnesty, Truth Commissions and Protection of Defenders and Journalists from AMLO

August 2, 2018

AMLO.pngPhoto  @ Mexico Cerezo Committee

On July 11th, the Mexico Cerezo Committee and Urgent Action for Human Rights Defenders published an open letter to the president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), in which they demand compliance with three key points from the new government:

1 The enactment of a National Amnesty Law;

2 the creation of Truth Commissions;

3 the implementation of effective mechanisms to comply with the General Law for the Protection of Defenders and Journalists.

In this letter they reiterate that the focus of their demands is “to initiate in Mexico a real and effective process that guarantees the human rights of victims of human rights violations, taking justice, truth, memory and integral reparation into account.”

As regards the National Amnesty Law, which has been one of the central proposals of AMLO, they point out “that it helps to contribute to the democratic transition in our damaged Mexico, freeing all political and conscientious prisoners, stopping the judicial political persecution against hundreds of Mexicans and erasing the criminal record of hundreds of social activists whose crime has been fighting for democracy and a dignified life in our country. (…) It is necessary to mention that the Amnesty Law for all prisoners and political and prisoners of conscience in the country cannot benefit those who have committed crimes against humanity or war crimes.”

The Cerezo Committee points out that “the amnesty has no legal obstacles, it is an essentially human problem, and will ultimately measure the political will and the degree of humanism of those who aspire to govern our country.” It also includes in the open letter a proposal for this law, prepared by the organization.

The issue of the Truth Commissions arises from the need to address serious cases of human rights violations, such as the forced disappearance of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa. These commissions “would be made up of civil society, priests, as well as international experts to clarify the events that have taken place in the country.”

Lately it is highlighted that “the existence of the Law and the mechanism of protection for defenders and journalists, lacks a comprehensive policy at national level that allows compliance with the obligations of the Mexican State in the area of ​​human rights and protection of human rights defenders.” For this reason, they demand that AMLO “enact a General Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists that harmonizes all existing policies on prevention, protection and security for defenders and journalists: general laws, federal and state, mandates and judicial resolutions, administrative and civil measures, and those that are known; with the purpose of laying the foundations of a comprehensive protection policy.”

For more information in Spanish:

Comité Cerezo | Carta abierta al Presidente electo Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Red TdT, 11 de julio de 2018)

Carta abierta al Presidente electo Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Chiapas Paralelo, 12 de julio de 2018)

ANEXO 01: Propuesta de Ley de Amnistía Federal 2018 (Comité Cerezo, 9 de julio)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: Andrés Manuel López Obrador nuevo Presidente electo de México. (3 de julio de 2018)

Guerrero/Nacional: Tribunal Federal ordena la creación de una Comisión de la Verdad para reponer la investigación en el caso Ayotzinapa (6 de junio de 2018)