Mexico/Chiapas: National Brigade for the presentation with life of the 43 disappeared normalist students from Ayotzinapa

December 7, 2014

©SIPAZ Marcha en San Cristóbal de las Casas de la Brigada Nacional por los desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa

March in San Cristóbal de las Casas by the National Brigade for the disappeared of Ayotzinapa @ SIPAZ

On 12 November, in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, relatives of the disappeared students and the student committee reported on the activities of the National Brigade regarding the presentation with life of the 43 disappeared normalist students from Ayotzinapa.

The brigade was organized into three branches, one towards the north (passing through the states of Chihuahua, Durango, Zacatecas, Jalisco, and Michoacán); one toward the south (visiting the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Morelos, and Tlaxcala), and another state brigade in Guerrero, which visited the municipalities of Tlapa, San Luis Acatlán, Ayutla, Tecoanapa, Zihuatanejo, Atoyac, and Acapulco.  The three caravans met in Mexico City on 20 November to conclude their work with a mass-march and rally in the Zócalo.  The objective of the Brigade was to collect direct information regarding the acts of 26 and 27 September, the investigative process, and the search for the 43 disappeared students, beyond making proposals for the elaboration of a program for struggle and action that would transform the causes led to the events seen in Iguala.

The “Daniel Solís Gallardo” Brigade arrived to Chiapas on 14 November, being named for one of the normalist students who was killed on 26 September, and it led a march through the streets of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, to the applause of onlookers.  “Alive they took them; alive we want them,” “Ayotzinapa, hold on; Chiapas is rising” together with other slogans were heard until the march reached the Cathedral Plaza.

At the rally, two women spoke, being the mothers of two of the disappeared.  They said that they no longer have fear, and that they are prepared to give their lives to find their sons, because though the government says they are dead, they believe in their hearts that they are still alive.

On 15 November, the members of the Brigade visited the Zapatista caracol of Oventik, where they met with the high command of the Revolutionary Clandestine Indigenous Committee of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), and the EZLN expressed its sympathy for the pain, rage, and powerlessness of the parents who still have yet to find their sons.

The activities in San Cristóbal de Las Casas concluded with a press-conference during which Brigade members noted that the EZLN had suggested that they “visit those who like us have suffered forcible disappearances or extrajudicial executions–who are not few in number in this country–because it is only they who will understand us and accompany us in our pain and struggle.  It is they with whom we can articulate a movement, a larger and more powerful nucleus with all the social organizations that would like to join,” following their return through Oaxaca.

For more information (in Spanish):

Expresa el EZLN total apoyo a familias de normalistas desaparecidos, La Jornada, 15 de noviembre de 2014

Caravanas por Ayotzinapa llegan a Chiapas y Chihuahua, Proceso, 14 de noviembre de 2014

Concluye visita a Chiapas de la caravana de Ayotzinapa, Proceso 16 de noviembre de 2014

Palabras del Comandante Tacho en el inicio del encuentro del EZLN con la caravana de Ayotzinapa, el 15 de noviembre del 2014, Enlace Zapatista, 15 de noviembre de 2014

Palabras de la Comandancia General del EZLN en voz del Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, Enlace Zapatista, 15 de noviembre de 2014

Palabras del Comandante Javier, dando la bienvenida en el caracol de Oventik a la caravana de Ayotzinapa, el 15 de noviembre del 2014, Enlace Zapatista, 15 de noviembre de 2014

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Police beat journalists during protest for Ayotzinapa (6 December 2014)

Guerrero: Parents reject PGR declaration (13 November 2014)

Guerrero: Update in the Ayotzinapa case (12 November 2014)

Guerrero: Update in the Iguala case: former Iguala mayor is arrested; governor of Guerrero resigns; European Parliament divided over Ayotzinapa (3 November 2014)

Chiapas: New actions by the EZLN to support Ayotzinapa (26 October 2014)

National/International: Multiple mobilizations and marches for the “Pain” and “Rage” of Ayotzinapa (12 October 2014)

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Guerrero: Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity takes over the case of the 6 community police prisoners in Acapulco

June 12, 2014
Bishop Raul Vera, president of the Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity with CRAC policemen (@SIPAZ)

Bishop Raul Vera, president of the Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity with CRAC policemen (@SIPAZ)

At the request of their family and the community police from the House of Justice of El Paraiso, Ayutla municipality, that belongs to the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC), the Solidarity Network Decade Against Impunity has taken over the legal defense of six community policemen who are held prisoners in Acapulco.

The policemen were arrested on August 21, 2013 by elements of the Army and the Federal Police. They were formally arrested on the charges of kidnapping. Ángel García García, one of the arrested policemen, said that they signed a statement under torture: “we never knew what we were signing.”

Yesenia Bolaños, the mother of the girl allegedly abducted by community police, stated that she willingly took her daughter to the House of Justice in El Paraiso “to be reeducated for being rebellious.”

José Sánchez Sánchez, defense attorney in the case, considered that the process in course is due to a political context in which the state government wants to “annihilate” the community police system. According to Magdalena Lopez Paulino, secretary of the Solidarity Network Decade Against Impunity, the six detainees are accused of unproven crimes. She demanded the process be carried out as stated by the American Convention on Human Rights.

For more information (in Spanish):

Raúl Vera López y defensores de derechos humanos visitarán a policías comunitarios presos en Guerrero (Kaos en la Red, 04 de junio de 2014)

Declararon bajo tortura, dicen los presos de la CRAC en Acapulco; niegan las acusaciones de secuestro (El Sur, 6 de junio de 2014)

Visita obispo Raúl Olvera a policías comunitarios en penal de Acapulco (Milenio, 6 de junio de 2014)

Injusto y contradictorio, que el gobierno aprese a quienes buscan paz: Vera López (La Jornada Guerrero, 7 de junio de 2014)

For more information (in Spanish)

Guerrero: Communities support new CRAC coordinator and announce rescue of communal system of justice (May 2, 2014)

Guerrero: CRAC makes announcement in favor of release of arrested coordinators (September 16, 2013)

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC in Olinalá (13 September 2013)


Guerrero: The Communal Police joins the fight for the defense of education

April 15, 2013

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Photo @SIPAZ

On 8 April, members of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) from the Tixtla municipality entered Chilpancingo following a march from their communities, to demand the release of the second commander of El Troncón, Nahum Santos Bartolo. The protestors included 41 communal police from Acatempa, Tecocintla, Zacazonapa, and El Troncón, which are communities that have recently joined the CRAC; they answer to the House of Justice in El Paraíso, which pertains to Ayutla.  The reason for this protest was to call for the return of the second in command.  Once he was freed, the CRAC joined another cause: the demand for the liberation of the teacher from Chilapa, Mario Durán Torres, who was arrested by federal police during the operation to displace the occupation of the Sol highway on 5 April.  Torres has been accused of assaulting 8 federal police officers.  In downtown Chilpancingo, the communal police marched alongside teachers.In assembly on 6 April, the CRAC decided to join the demands of the teachers in Guerrero to demand free education.  In a bulletin, they mention that “Our communal institution makes its demands with the teachers of Guerrero who are mobilizing themselves […].  The deputies should take into account teachers’ proposals for inclusion within the law on education in Guerrero, given that it is precisely the teachers who know about education.”

For more information (in Spanish):

POSICIONAMIENTO SOBRE EL MOVIMIENTO (CRAC, 6 de abril de 2013)

Policías comunitarios marchan armados de Tixtla a Chilpancingo (La Jornada de Guerrero, 9 de abril de 2013)

La Toma de Chilpancingo (la Jornada de Guerrero, 9 de abril de 2013)

Policías comunitarios armados llegan a Chilpancingo; logran la libertad de su comandante (El Sur de Acapulco, 9 de abril de 2013)

Se une la Policía Comunitaria a la defensa de la educación, sin armas (Desinformémonos, 8 de abril de 2013)


Guerrero: prisoners of the OPIM are released

October 23, 2008

The Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña (CDHM, El Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan) released the following press release regarding the appeal granted to 4 of the 5 members of the Indiginous Me’phaa People’s Organization (OPIM, Organización del Pueblo Indígena Me’phaa):

Federal judge grants appeal by Me’phaa indigenous men imprisoned in Ayutla

  • The verdict was announced on 15th October in favour of four prisoners. One will remain in prison.
  • The prisoners who won the appeal should be freed by tomorrow, Tuesday 21st October.
  • The verdict demonstrates that the aim of the arrests was to put an end to their organised work

Tlapa, Guerrero, Mexico on October 20, 2008- The Eigth District judge based in Acapulco, Livia Lizabeth Larumbe Radilla, granted the appeal by four of the five members of the Indigenous Me’phaa People’s Organisation (Organización del Pueblo Indígena Me´phaa, OPIM). For six months they have been imprisoned in Ayutla jail, accused of the murder of an Army informer.

Following this verdict that was announced on 15th October, the First Instance Mixed judge in Ayutla, Alfredo Sánchez Sánchez, was notified on Friday 17th and he has 24 hours to release the accused indigenous men.

This would mean that tomorrow, 21st October, at the latest, the prisoners will be leaving the jail, except for Raúl Hernández Abundio, who will remain in prison because the District judge says that the witnesses claim that he was present when the gun that killed Alejandro Feliciano García was fired, on 1st January this year. However, this accusation is very vague. Read the rest of this entry »


Guerrero: Tlachinollan presents a video documentary on repression in the state

August 19, 2008

Opposition to the hydroelectric project La Parota [Source: CDHM Tlachinollan]

At the First National Meeting of Human Rights Defenders and Family Members of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of Conscience which took place July 24 through 26 in Mexico City, the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña (CDHM Tlachinollan) presented a new video documentary on the most recent cases of state repression in Guerrero.

Four cases are presented in the video:

– A confrontation between riot police and campesinos in opposition to the hydroelectric project La Parota.

– The violent eviction of students and graduates of the Normal Rural School “Raúl Isidro Burgos” in Ayotzinapa outside of the State Congress of Guerrero in the capital of Chilpancingo (November 14, 2007).

– The harrassment and incarceration of members of the Organization of the Indigenous Me’phaa People (OPIM) in the municipality of Ayutla de los Libres.

– An attempt by police forces and the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) to dismantle Radio Ñomndaa in Xochistlahuaca (July 10, 2008).

To view the video (in Spanish), click on the link below:

Guerrero: El CDHM Tlachinollan presenta video sobre la represion en el estado (SIPAZ, 12/08/08)

More information:

Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña website