Guerrero: Caravan “A light against impunity” ends in Acapulco after visiting Ayutla de Los Libres

February 14, 2014

Raúl Vera López, Ayutla de los Libres, febrero de 2014 (@SIPAZ)

Raúl Vera López, Ayutla de los Libres, February 2014 (@SIPAZ)

On 11 February, the caravan “A light against impunity” led by the bishop of Saltillo, Raúl López Vera, visited the municipalities of Ayutla de los Libres and Acapulco.

In Ayutla de los Libres, there was held a march comprised of indigenous persons, members of social organizations such as the Organization of the Me’phaa Indigenous People (OPIM), and communal police from the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC).  Upon the arrival of the march to the principal plaza, a rally was held.  Survivors of the El Charco massacre demanded from bishop Raúl Vera López the demilitarization of the region and compensation for the deaths of the 11 campesinos killed by the Mexican Army nearly 16 years ago.  Families of the Communal Police from the El Paraíso House for Justice demanded the release of nine detained persons being held in Acapulco.

Raúl Vera López called on the state government to invest in the communal system of the CRAC, which he finds to be “exemplary” as an alternative to harassment and incarceration.  He called on members of the CRAC to protect the authenticity of their organizational process and not to allow themselves to be corrupted.  He also pronounced himself in favor of the clarification of the El Charco massacre and a cessation of the militarization of the area.

The caravan ended this same day in Acapulco, where it also held a rally in the zócalo.

For more information (in English):

Vital, la policía comunitaria en Guerrero, dice el obispo Vera (La Jornada, 11 de febrero de 2014)

Recomienda Raúl Vera al gobierno invertir en el sistema de la Crac (La Jornada de Guerrero, 11 de febrero de 2014)

Mixtecos piden salida del Ejército en Guerrero (Milenio, 11 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Beginning of Civil Observation Mission “A light against impunity”(14 February 2014)

Guerrero/National: Network Solidarity Decade against Impunity denounces intimidation against two members days before Observation Mission to Guerrero (5 February 2014)

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Guerrero: Emergence of new guerrilla group

December 8, 2013

Guerrilleros de las FAR-LP. Foto @Excelsior

Guerrillas from the FAR-LP. Photo @Excelsior

“The return to armed struggle is essential: if now you are quiet, that you be heard among the people and in the cities, on the coasts and through the valleys, on the pathways of the south and throughout the world,” said the new guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces-Liberation of the People (FAR-LP) on 2 December, when it announced its public presence to the world from Guerrero.

The new insurgent group calls for armed struggle in light of the violence and repression exercised by the federal and state governments against the social movement and the imposition of reforms that violate the rights and interests of society.  “What more should we expect from these governments, than that they will annihilate us?  The war against the people as a State policy has resulted in a repressive offensive based in its counter-insurgent bias against social activists, popular organizations, human-rights defenders, journalists, communal leaders, women’s rights activists, student representatives, and all those who raise their voices in defense of the people become the enemy of the State.”

The FAR-LP affirms having a presence in the Guerrero regions of the Mountain, Costa Chica, and Acapulco.

For more information (in Spanish):

Surge guerrilla en Guerrero; acusa a Peña de represión y “robo sistemático” (Proceso, 2 de diciembre de 2013)

Surge nuevo grupo guerrillero en Guerrero, las FAR-LP (Excelsior, 2 de diciembre de 2013)

FAR-LP, nuevo grupo guerrillero en México (El economista, 2 de diciembre de 2013)


Guerrero: Warnings in Cacahuatepec of possible displacement due to relocation of peoples

November 14, 2013

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Photo @La Jornada de Guerrero

Communards and campesinos belonging to the Communal Goods of Cacahuatepec, in the rural zone of Acapulco, have expressed their fear amidst the intentions of the state and federal governments to displace them using the pretext of relocating peoples settled on the margins of the Papagayo River, so that the path be cleared for those who might be interested in progressing with the plan to built the La Parota hydroelectric dam.  Marco Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota Dam (CECOP), indicated that residents of the communities of Carrizo and Cacahuatepec have been notified by federal police that they are to be resettled.

In an assembly held at the tree known as the Bocote, in the community of Aguacaliente, some 500 persons participated.  During the meeting, members of CECOP trained commissars and representatives of 47 branches of the Communal Goods of Cacahuatepec regarding how to fill out the documents to be used within the demand that will submitted in coming days to the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, which will in turn be presented before the institutions of justice to demand compensation for the damages provoked by tropical storm Manuel.  The assembly-goers held the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for the damages caused by the poor management of the La Venta hydroelectric dam.  Participants of the event agreed to demand that the government begin reconstruction work in Cacahuatepec communities that were affected by the growth in the Papagayo River during tropical storm Manuel, or alternatively they would blockade the machinery of the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) found in the Salsipuedes community and suspend the provision of the water to Acapulco.  In a 4 November communique, CECOP once again indicates that “In rural Acapulco, the Papagayo River devastated communities of Cacahuatepec because they opened La Venta dam, and the hatches were broken.  Someone is responsible: the Federal Electricity Commission.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Advierten en Cacahuatepec de posible desalojo por reubicación de pueblos (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

La Parota, detrás del proyecto de reubicación de poblados: Cecop (El Sur de Acapulco, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

Aguirre: “actuaré contra el Cecop si interrumpe bombeo de agua” (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

RECONSTRUCCIÓN COMUNITARIA ¡SÍ! REUBICACIÓN ¡NO! (Comunicado CECOP, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Ten years of struggle against the La Parota dam (4 August 2013)

Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre Rivero will not support construction of La Parota (27 August 2012)

Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project (20 July 2012)

Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam (3 April 2012)


Guerrero: The situation continues to be dramatic for storm victims in Guerrero

October 4, 2013

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On 18 September, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights denounced that storm victims “have been rendered invisible: to date there have been adopted no governmental actions to attend to the damages that the recent storms have caused in the region.”  The Center noted that in this region, hundreds of indigenous communities continue to be cut off due to the climatological disruptions, detailing that the “impacts caused by the rainfall in the mountain region cannot be quantified at the moment, given that, beyond the lack of ability to count the number of deaths and accidents, the maize that has been cultivated for subsistence purposes during this cycle has been lost, and the majority of the communities of the region will confront a worrying scarcity of food.  Connected to this, many homes have been destroyed in the communities.  The guarantee of the human right to nutrition and dignified housing amidst emergency situations remain urgent.”

For his part, the president of the United Guerrero Alliance for Human Rights, Leopoldo Soberanis Hernández, denounced in an interview with La Jornada that, despite the fact that there is a permanent military presence in the coastal region of the state, the soldiers “have not distributed even one sweet to the people who need food, nor have they worked to open the roads which would permit the transcendence of lack of communication.”  He indicated that beyond the isolation and scarcity of food, “the voracity of merchants is added, as they are selling their reserves at the highest prices.”

On 19 September in Acapulco, the desperation for lack of food, water, and clothing led to at least three roadblocks in the city.  This same day, several mayors declared that the authorities are prioritizing the welfare of the tourists who find themselves in that city.

For more information (in Spanish):

Alerta Tlachinollan sobre invisibilización de personas indígenas damnificadas de la Montaña y Costa Chica del Estado de Guerrero (Tlachinollan, 18 de Septiembre de 2013)

Desdén oficial a damnificados en la Montaña de Guerrero: ONG (La Jornada, 19 de septiembre de 2013)

Alcaldes de Guerrero recriminan olvido en envío de ayuda a damnificados (CNN México, 19 de México)

Cobertura especial de La Jornada: La devastación (20 de septiembre de 2013)

Claman en Acapulco por agua y comida (La Jornada de Guerrero, 20 de septiembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Deaths and victims of tropical storm Manuel (4 October 2013)


Guerrero: Deaths and victims of tropical storm Manuel

October 4, 2013

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Photo @La Jornada de Guerrero

At least 24 persons died during the weekend of 14-15 September as a result of the tropical storm Manuel in Guerrero, 14 of them in Acapulco.  On Sunday, six persons–two of them minors and four adults–died as a consequence of a landslide which struck their home in the Unidos por Guerrero colony.  In Chilpancingo there are reports of the death of five persons on Sunday: two of them were buried by a landslide provoked by the heavy rainfall.  The dead include a father and son.

Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero reported that there are 45 affected municipalities, some of them with major damage, such as Acapulco y Chilpancingo; he admitted that the situation is “highly delicate.”  The governor said in an interview that his immediate objective is, together with the Army and the mayors, to attend to the emergency, giving warm food to the storm’s victims, as well as shelter and a bed to sleep in.  Subsequently, there will be opened a program for temporary employment and support for damaged homes.

For more information (in Spanish):

Fallecen 24 personas en 72 horas de lluvia (La Jornada de Guerrero, 17 de septiembre de 2013)

Son 45 municipios afectados; Acapulco y Chilpancingo, los más, dice el gobernador (La Jornada de Guerrero, 17 de septiembre de 2013)

Mueren seis personas en comunidad de Tecpan al ser arrastradas por un arroyo (La Jornada de Guerrero, 17 de septiembre de 2013)

Guerrero da el grito desde las azoteas: 24 horas bajo el agua (Revoluciontrespuntocero, 16 de septiembre de 2013)


Guerrero: Release of 6 members of Communal Police who were detained on 6 May

May 17, 2013

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Meeting in San Luis Acatlán, 17 February 2013. Photo @SIPAZ

Members of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) were released after having paid bail of 62,000 pesos, as reports Vidulfo Rosales, defense counsel and representative of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights.  He explained that six communal police had been released after having been arrested for 24 hours in Acapulco by the Subdelegate of the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) for the crime of carrying firearms.  Raúl de Jesús, coordinator of the Communal Police in San Luis Acatlán, declared to the media that the crime was of carrying firearms of 9mm caliber, which are supposedly used for defense, taken from arrested persons.

The CRAC released a bulletin on 6 May declaring that “IT IS CLEAR THAT THERE EXISTS AN INTENTION AND OBJECTIVE TO DISMANTLE OUR COMMUNAL INSTITUTION BY REPRESSING IT, HARASSING IT, AND LEADING OUR PEOPLES TO ASSUME DEFENSIVE POSTURES.  IN LIGHT OF ALL THIS, THE GOVERNMENT DENIES THE WORK OF OUR COMMUNAL POLICE AND THE CRAC, WHICH DURING THE PAST 17 YEARS HAVE EFFICIENTLY RESOLVED THE PROBLEMS OF INSECURITY AND JUSTICE IN THE REGION OF THE MOUNTAIN AND LA COSTA CHICA.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletin CRAC 6 DE MAYO 2013

Liberan a policías comunitarios en Acapulco tras pagar fianza (Radio Fórmula, 7 de mayo de 2013)

PGR libera a los dos últimos detenidos de la policía comunitaria en Guerrero (Crónica, 7 de mayo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: CRAC-PC demystifies journalistic claims regarding UPOEG (20 March 2013)

Guerrero: Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC) pronounces itself against state decree (26 February 2013)

Guerrero: Authorities linked to the UPOEG occupy the House of Justice of the CRAC in San Luis Acatlán (26 February 2013)

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre intervenes in situation of insecurity in Ayutla. Communal Police repeats: “it is not us” (24 January 2013)

Guerrero: Self-defense against organized crime in 4 municipalities (15 January 2013)

Guerrero: Social insurrection in Olinalá against organized crime (9 November 2012)


Guerrero: march in Acapulco against police abuse within operation “Secure Guerrero”

October 19, 2012

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On 17 October, civil organizations, merchants, transport workers, and students from various institutions marched through the tourist zone of Acapulco to protest “arbitrary actions and abuses” as committed by members of the Federal Police (PF) since the beginning of the operation Secure Guerrero.  In a subsequent rally, participants listed numerous irregularities such as arbitrary detentions, unfounded accusations, illicit impounding of vehicles of transport, and other human-rights violations.

Alfredo Pérez Zarate, president of the College of Penal Lawyers of the state of Guerrero, expressed that “Their arbitrary actions worsen, outside of all regulations and protocol regarding the use of force, and so do grave violations of human rights […].  As a college of penal lawyers, we have counted at least 25 denunciations of irregularities committed by federal police in the port of Acapulco, because it has been 25 the protective motions that have been requested, regarding the arbitrary detentions of youth by police.”

In previous days, upon presenting statistics regarding the period of 8 October 2011 to 6 October 2012, the state government stressed instead that there has been progress in the path toward the recovery of peace, with tangible results, and that groups of organized crime have effectively been debilitated, given the arrest of 355 members of different criminals bands.  However, the statistics also reveal that last year there were 930 violent deaths, and 922 this year, which implies only a decrease of 13%.  The operation “Secure Guerrero” is to be strengthened with the arrival of more federal forces to the regions of Acapulco, Costa Grande, Zona Norte, and Tierra Caliente.

For more information (in Spanish):

Marchan en Acapulco contra abuso policiaco (El Universal, 17 de octubre de 2012)

Refuerzan operativo Guerrero Seguro en 4 zonas (El Universal, 15 de octubre de 2012)

A un año del Guerrero Seguro, bajan las muertes violentas menos de 1%, informan (La Jornada de Guerrero, 9 de octubre de 2012)

Urgen a “focalizar” Guerrero Seguro (El Universal, 8 de octubre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: President Calderón proceeds with third phase of the “Secure Guerrero” program (5 June 2012)