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)

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Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam

April 3, 2012

Photo: SIPAZ

Members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) responded to the official silence on the part of the governor of Guerrero, warning that La Parota would not proceed, “be it with or without the signature of the governor.”  In their communiqué released on 19 March, they revealed that they will undertake a series of mobilizations to demand the total rejection of the dam.

On 7 May of last year, Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero visited the bastion of the movement that opposes the dam.  He rejected at that time the suggestion that he sign the Cacahuatepec Accords which request the total cancellation of the federal project.  His signature was to be had on 11 March of this year in Aguacaliente–a meeting which the governor failed to attend.

“CECOP’s invitation to the governor to demand the Cacahuatepec Accords was met with silence,” noted the opponents in their communiqué.  CECOP views this rejection by the administration as a “challenge and a lack of respect” for the movement, as well as a lack of political vision, because “no dam or mine constitutes development for the state or the country.  Besides, they are financed with foreign capital that seeks profits, as would be the case with the La Parota dam and the Canadian mining projects.”  They warn that if the governor does not want to defend the land of Guerrero, CECOP will do so by means of mobilizations.

CECOP announced its plan of struggle against La Parota, which includes a march on 23 March that will be attended by Communal Action for Peace and Unity, as proposed by the Catholic Church.  Similarly, there will be held a mass-march in May to demand the cancellation of the project.

For more information (in Spanish):

Con la firma o sin la firma del gobernador, La Parota no se hará (Comunicado de CECOP difundido por CENCOS, 19 de marzo 2012)

Con firma del gobernador o sin ella, La Parota no pasará, decide el Cecop (La Jornada Guerrero, 21 de marzo 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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 – briefs: CECOP celebrates its 8th anniversary (18 August 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: Mining exploration continues in the Montaña region without permission from communities; reinstallation of the blockade against La Parota January 13, 2011