Guerrero: La Parota communards denounce agression of police-military operation

March 2, 2014

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During the morning of 27 February, units from the Army and the federal, state, ministerial, and municipal police invaded the community of Concepción, the site of a sit-in maintained by the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP).

During the operation, which had at its end the location and arrest of CECOP spokesperson Marco Suástegui Muñoz, a number of houses were searched, with possessions stolen and some communards beaten, according to the denunciation made in press-conference by Marco Suástegui, who avoided detection and arrest.

Marco held Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero responsible for the act and warned that CECOP would not allow similar acts to be repeated.

At the root of the events, the CECOP assembly decided to present a complaint before the National Commission on National Rights (CNDH), to strengthen the sit-in, install more checkpoints, and prohibit the entrance of the municipal police and any other governmental representative.

“Now more than ever we will not surrender, nor will we have fear; the message to the governor is that if he wants war, we await him here.  We will await the entrance of the Army; we will install more checkpoints and barricades so that if they want to invade again, we will not be surprised.  In place of intimidating us and making us feel fear, we fear more rage and it strengthens us,” noted Marco Suástegui.

The operation took place days after residents of the zone pertaining to the 47 communities which make up the Communal Goods of Cacahuatepec in the rural area of Acapulco formally installed their own communal police, as regulated by the Regional Council of Communal Authorities.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian comuneros de La Parota que policías ministeriales allanaron vivienda (La Jornada, 27 de febrero de 2014)

Denuncian pobladores irrupción del Ejército en La Parota (El Universal, 27 de febrero de 2014)

Irrumpen soldados y policías en busca del líder del Cecop y agreden a una familia (El Sur de Acapulco, 28 de febrero de 2014)

Entrega el Cecop solicitud a la Crac para crear la comunitaria de Cacahuatepec (La Jornada de Guerrero, 5 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: CECOP announces creation of Communal Police in Cacahuatepec communities (22 January 2014)

Guerrero: Sympathizers of the La Parota dam injure two CECOP members with machetes (12 November 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)

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Guerrero: Nomination of new head of Coddehum provokes controversy

January 15, 2014

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The nomination made by Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero of Ramón Navarrete Magdaleno as head of the State Commission for the Defense of Human Rights (Coddehum) has generated debate and discussion among representatives of different parties.  The Technical Council, the maximum organ of this institution, had designated Hipólito Lugo Cortés as interim president following the death of Juan Alarcón Hernández.  The governor then removed him and nominated the regional visitor of Acapulco, Ramón Navarrete Magdaleno, to the position.  This action was interpreted by the Technical Council as an interference from the executive branch.  From Ometepec, Ramón Navarrete Magdaleno previously worked as regional coordinator for human rights in Acapulco.

Interviewed on radio, Lugo Cortés noted that the executive has the right to remove and nominate functionaries and employees “only in the executive branch [itself], not in Coddehum, such that there can be no violation or attempted violation of the autonomy and independence of this human-rights defense group.”  Cortés noted that, if the governor were the one to nominate the president of Coddehum, “what faith could a citizen have who has been affected by an act emanating from the government, when this government runs the very office to which he might present a complaint?”  Juan Alarcón Hernández, the first ombudsman of the country, died on the evening of Wednesday 11 December in Chilpancingo, due to stomach cancer.

For more information (in Spanish):

Discrepan diputados por injerencia de Aguirre en la designación de titular de la Coddehum (La Jornada de Guerrero, 9 de enero de 2014)

Ilegal, el nombramiento de Navarrete: Lugo Cortés (La Jornada de Guerrero, 9 de enero de 2014)

Designa AAR a Ramón Navarrete como presidente de la Coddehum (Diario de Guerrero, 8 de enero de 2014)

Desconoce Congreso Local a Hipólito Lugo Cortés como encargado de la Coddehum-Gro (El Dictamen Online de Guerrero, 9 de enero de 2014)

Muere Juan Alarcón, primer ombudsman del país (Milenio, 11 de diciembre de 2013)


Guerrero: Deaths and victims of tropical storm Manuel

October 4, 2013

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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: Impunity continues in the Ayotzinapa case; students arrested and then released

May 17, 2013

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At the beginning of May, Amnesty International (AI) called on the state government of Guerrero to take all necessary actions to avoid the eventuality that the murder of two students from the rural normal school “Isidro Burgos” of Ayotzinapa continue in impunity, so as to assure that those who are found responsible be prosecuted.  In a communique, AI joined the call carried out by different Mexican civil-society organizations and international organizations to put an end to the impunity that has prevailed in the case of the murder of two students from the rural normal school of Ayotzinapa in 2011.  The organizations which signed the public letter to Guerrero’s governor, Ángel Aguirre Rivero, include among others the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights and the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights.  In the letter, they emphasize that  “The obligation to diligently investigate these types of acts finds its basis not only in the law of Guerrero, but also in the political Constitution and the international accords [signed by Mexico] in terms of human rights.”

In other news, during the afternoon of 7 May, 25 students from the rural normal school of Ayotzinapa were arrested by state police using violence and beatings, and even firearms, according to witness testimony, on the federal highway between Chilpancingo and Iguala.  The students were transferred to the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE), where they were surrounded by anti-riot police.  The arrest catalyzed a mobilization undertaken by teachers from the State Coordination of Educational Workers from Guerrero (CETEG) during the evening, who carried out a sit-in before the principal entrance to the PGJE office.  Following several hours of protest, the students were released on the morning of the 8th.

For more information (in Spanish):

Carta Pública al gobernador Ángel Aguirre (2 de mayo de 2013)

AI pide a Guerrero poner fin a impunidad en caso Ayotzinapa (El Universal, 5 de mayo de 2013)

Llama AI a dar fin a la impunidad en Caso Ayotzinapa (Novedades Acapulco, 5 de mayo de 2013)

Liberan a comunitarios y detienen ahora a 25 alumnos de Ayotzinapa (El Sur de Acapulco, 7 de mayo de 2013)

Liberan esta madrugada a los 25 normalistas de Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 8 de mayo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Release of police charged for the murder of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (29 April 2013)

Guerrero: normalists commemorate first anniversary of repression in Ayotzinapa (21 December 2013)

Guerrero: New aggressions against students in Ayotzinapa (26 November 2012)

Guerrero: “The Ayotzinapa case cannot remain in impunity” – OMCT (16 August 2012)

Guerrero: Ayotzinapa denounces impunity six months after the deaths of two students (17 June 2012)

Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa (16 January 2012)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)


Guerrero: Members of the Popular Movement of Guerrero destroy state offices of different political parties

April 29, 2013

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On 24 April, members of the Popular Movement of Guerrero (MPG), including dissident teachers, destroyed state offices of the PRI, PAN, PRD, and Citizens’ Movement in Chilpancingo.  The National Coordination of Educational Workers (CNTE) called these acts “desperate,” and for this reason it expressed its “total support” for the teachers of the State Coordination of Education Workers in Guerrero (CETEG).  Union leaders reported that a commission of teachers had entered the state to attempt to defuse tensions and seek a peaceful solution to the conflict, stressing that “as teachers we have never elected violence, though it is the State which is generating with its aloofness and lack of capacity for dialogue conditions of desperation and surfeit.”  Juan Melchor, member of National Political Direction (DPN), stressed that they would work “in the construction of an alternative proposal to the neoliberal educational model that the administration seeks to impose upon us.”

President Enrique Peña Nieto expressed to the state governor of Guerrero, Ángel Aguirre Rivero, all his support for “maintaining the State of Right” and avoiding a repetition of the violent acts perpetrated last Wednesday by thousands of teachers.  For his part, Aguirre reported that there have been issued 39 arrest-orders (still without execution) against members of the teachers’ movement who have installed a permanent sit-in in downtown Chilpancingo.  The governor also rejected the idea that the educators blockade the Sol highway as protest.  The teachers, who have since February been organizing mobilizations against educational reform, reacted violently on 24 April after the approval by the state Congress the previous day of a ruling that contradicted their demands.

For more information (in Spanish):

‘‘Acto desesperado’’, la violencia del miércoles en Chilpancingo: CNTE (La Jornada de Guerrero, 26 de abril de 2013)

PRI condena violencia contra su inmueble en Chilpancingo (Milenio, 26 de abril de 2013)

Presidente de México condena violencia de los maestros en Guerrero (Telesurtv, 26 de abril de 2013)

Los maestros de Guerrero presionan al Gobierno mexicano con violencia (El País, 25 de abril de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Teachers’ megamarch ends with the occupation of Congress (23 April 2013)

Oaxaca: March-meeting of Section 22 of the SNTE in commemoration of 25 November (30 November 2012)

Guerrero: Briefs – Reactivation of arrest-orders against CETEG members (10 November 2010)

 


Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army

March 5, 2013

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During the night of 21 February, in the community of Los Huajes, the residence of Joel Blanco Sánchez, son of Julián Blanco, a leader of the opposition to the La Parota dam (which has been proposed since 2003), was forcibly searched by soldiers.  For this reason, members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), called for an assembly and announced a red alert due to the invasion of the Army in the area of the communal lands of Cacahuatepec (close to Acapulco).

Marco Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for CECOP, warned that if the Army maintained its presence in the area, CECOP would reactivate the five checkpoints it had installed at the beginning of its movement.  he stressed that the federal government had budgeted 500 million pesos for the reactivation of the La Parota dam, declaring that it is not an accident that there be abuses carried out by soldiers int he area, given that there is a clear interest to follow through with the dam project.

Suástegui Muñoz reported that on 7 February, CECOP called on governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero to observe the Cacahuatepec Accords, signed in August 2012, and he promised that campesinos will continue struggling until the dam project be cancelled indefinitely.

For more information (in Spanish):

Opositores a La Parota, en alerta por incursión militar (La Jornada, 25 de febrero de 2013)

Se declara Cecop en alerta roja por la irrupción de militares en Los Huajes (La Jornada de Guerrero, 25 de febrero de 2013)

Denuncia integrante del Cecop que soldados irrumpieron en su casa (El Sur de Acapulco, 22 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologist are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project (27 November 2011)


Guerrero: Accusation toward state-government of promoting divisions among the displaced

February 7, 2013

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On 4 February, women from the La Laguna and Hacienda de Dolores communities who on 30 November fled violence in the Puerto de Las Ollas community (Coyuca de Catalan community, Costa Grande region), assured that the administration led by governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero has divided their community by providing money to a group of the affected.  Some of the women affected by the violence have denounced that some of the people are given everything they ask for, while other families have their aid cut off because of their having relations with non-governmental organizations like the Guerrero Network of Civil Human-Rights Organizations (Redgro).

In a press-conference at the Redgro office, those displaced demanded justice from the state government for their murdered families, and that they at least be provided basic goods, material to build houses in Puerto de Las Ollas, and protection amidst the death-threats made by loggers and paramilitaries in Los Ciruelos, Coyuca de Catalán. The displaced rejected that Bertoldo Martínez Cruz, director of the Front of Organizations in Guerrero State, and Manuel Olivares, technical secretary of Redgro, are making money off the case, as was claimed last week by some sources.

For more information (in Spanish):

Acusan al gobierno de Guerrero de dividir a desplazados (La Jornada de Guerrero, 5 de febrero de 2013)

Divide el gobierno del estado con dinero a los desplazados La Laguna, denuncian mujeres (El Sur de Acapulco, 5 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: new displacement of families from La Laguna to Puerto de las Ollas (7 December 2012)

Guerrero: two nephews of ecological leadership are murdered (16 November 2012)

Guerrero: Urgent Action for disappeared ecologists (8 February 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologists are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: violence in the Sierra de Petalán (17 October 2011)

Guerrero: Lucio Cabañas’ widow and her sister are murdered (17 July 2011)

Guerrero: Second murder of ecologists in the Sierra de Petatlán (9 June 2011)

Guerrero: The ecologist campesino Javier Torres Cruz is murdered (6 May 2011)

Guerrero – briefs:  Concern for the safety of the inhabitants of La Morena (28 December 2010)