Guerrero: national and international organizations visit prisoners of the CECOP and the CRAC-PC

October 10, 2018
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Press Conference at the Las Cruces prison (@La Jornada de Guerreo)

On October 5, members of Services and consultancies for peace (Serapaz), in representation of the Space of Civil Society Organizations for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists (Espacio OSC), and the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) visited 16 of the 18 prisoners of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (Cecop) and the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities – Community Police (CRAC PC), held in the prison of Las Cruces, in Acapulco, since January 7. They were accompanied by the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, which has assumed the defense of said prisoners.

At a press conference outside the prison after the visit, Alberto Solís Castro, director of Serapaz stated that the struggle that has led the Cecop has been emblematic for the country: they have resisted for more than 12 years the onslaught of different governments and faced unfair situations and repressions. What we are seeing is a new effort to criminalize them, to stop them and attack them, because they fight for the land, because they oppose a dam megaproject that would end the environment and a good part of community life in the region”. He reported that they will issue a recommendation to the state government to release the prisoners and stressed that at least eight cases of torture during detention were documented. The complaints on those case have not been addressed, despite visits by representatives of state and national human rights organizations. He announced that next week they will report this situation to the person that will be in charge of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples, Adelfo Regino; to the next head of the Welfare Ministry, as well as to Senators Félix Salgado Macedonio and Nestora Salgado García.

Tommy Van Straten, member of Sipaz, indicated that as an international organization with a presence in Guerrero since 2005, they are concerned about the mistreatment of the detainees. He said that in this visit they documented the cases of torture inside the jail and the differential treatment the prisonners have received, including the isolation of the rest of the prison population. He also highlighted the situation and traumas of the prisoners’ relatives.

For his part, Rogelio Téliz García, Tlachinollan’s lawyer, said that the defense process is progressing, that there will be a new hearing on October 26 where the prisonners are expected to be released, such as a group of eight community members already was. He pointed out that there are 50 arrest warrants against the same number of community members in Cacahuatepec who, he said, are being persecuted by the government. He said that this happens despite the fact that the Crac-PC is protected by Law 701.

For more information (in Spanish):

Visitan ONG a los presos del Cecop; documentan 8 casos de tortura (El Sur, 5 de octubre de 2018)

Documentan ONG 8 casos de tortura a presos del Cecop en Acapulco (Quadartín, 5 de octubre de 2018)
Visitan activistas a los presos del Cecop en la cárcel de Las Cruces (El Sur, 6 de octubre de 2018)

Visita una ONG internacional a miembros del Cecop y de la Crac (La Jornada de Guerrero, 6 de octubre de 2018)

Visita SIPAZ a los presos del Cecop y la CRAC PC (La Plaza, 6 de octubre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Guerrero: 50 arrest warrants against members of CECOP (September 24, 2018)

Guerrero: 9 of the 25 detainees for a confrontation in La Concepción in January are released September 17, 2018

Guerrero: Judge Orders Guarantees for Rights to Water, Health and Dignified Treatment for 25 CECOP Prisoners April 24, 2018

Guerrero: Extrajudicial Executions and Arrests of Community Police and Members of CECOP January 22, 2018

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Guerrero: One year since the arrest of the CECOP leader, Marco Antonio Suastégui

June 29, 2015

Photo @Pueblo Guerrero

Members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) protested on 17 June at the offices of the Judiciary in Acapulco, where they demanded that authorities from the three levels of government immediately release their leader Marco Antonio Suástegui, alleging his innocence, with this being the reason they will not rest until he is free. Marco Antonio Suástegui, who has been imprisoned for a year, founded the Communal Police in the Common Lands of Cacahuatepec, and for years he opposed the La Parota hydroelectric dam project. Upon the completion of a year since the arrest of the CECOP leader, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights urged the Superior Tribunal for State Justice, based in Acapulco, to resolve the three appeals that have been presented against the prison sentence. The organization denounced that the Tribunal “has delayed its decisions on the appeals for no reason, thus prolonging the process.” It also said that the motions against imprisonment demonstrated violations to due process, including the fact that, at the time that Suastégui declared himself, he was not allowed to have an attorney present.

For more information (in Spanish):

Protestan integrantes de la CECOP; piden la libertad de Marco Antonio Suástegui (Bajo Palabra, 17 de junio de 2015)

Ha dilatado las decisiones sobre los recursos de apelación en el caso de Marco Antonio Suástegui sin fundamento alguno, retrasando el proceso, acusó Tlachinollan (Pueblo Guerrero, 18 de junio de 2015)

CECOP protesta en el poder Judicial en Acapulco (Pueblo Guerrero, 17 de junio de 2015)

Video Libertad para Marco Antonio Suastégui (Tlachinollan)

Caso la Parota (Tlachinollan)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: return of CECOP spokesperson to Guerrero prison (23 April 2015)

Guerrero: The Navy has tried to arrest him, denounces brother of CECOP spokesperson (30 December 2014)

Guerrero: Attack on CECOP members leaves 5 dead (6 December 2014)


Guerrero: Tlachinollan announces extemporaneous actions from the State to halt the transfer of CECOP spokesperson

March 22, 2015

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On 12 March, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights denounced in a bulletin that, in an extemporaneous way, the penal director for Guerrero State has submitted a motion to review the motion granted to Marco Antonio Suástegui, spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), that would have allowed him to be transferred to a jail within the state.  Tlachinollan indicates that this “denotes the clear lack of political will and the arbitrary use of the juridical system on the part of the state government of Guerrero, toward the sole end of continuing with the criminalization of human-rights defenders.”

On 14 March, some 800 people marched in Acapulco in solidarity with CECOP, which had organized a mobilization to demand the release of Suástegui Muñoz, who has been imprisoned since 17 June 2014 in the federal prison in Tepic, Nayarit, and of María de la Cruz Dorantes, who has been imprisoned in Acapulco since 6 October 2014.  Leaders of Cecop denounced that Rogelio Ortega Martínez, the interim governor, has not observed his commitment to intervening to facilitate the release of Suástegui Muñoz, something which he promised to do on 3 March upon signing a pact of reconciliation in Salsipuedes with leaders of CECOP and relatives of the communard in question.  CECOP warned that, as long as Suástegui Muñoz is not released, political candidates and State functionaries will not be allowed entry to Cacahuatepec.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín Retrasa injustificadamente ejecutivo estatal el traslado a Guerrero del defensor comunitario Marco Antonio Suástegui (CDH de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 12 de marzo de 2015)

Marchan estudiantes y maestros en apoyo al Cecop para exigir la liberación de Suástegui (La Jornada de Guerrero, 14 de marzo de 2015)

Falta de voluntad política del gobierno estatal que se apelara el amparo de Suástegui: Tlachinollan (El Sur de Acapulco, 16 de marzo de 2015)

Líder del Cecop, enfermo y amenazado por policías de Iguala en Cefereso de Tepic

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Marco Antonio Suastegui, opponent to the La Parota dam, is ordered to return to a Guerrero prison (8 February 2015)

Guerrero: Attack on CECOP members leaves 5 dead (6 December 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of María de la Cruz Dorantes, CECOP member (25 October 2014)

Guerrero: demand for release of political prisoners in observance of the eleventh anniversary of CECOP (2 September 2014)

Guerrero: soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Commmunity after a Cecop assembly in which the case of Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui was reported on (29 August 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam (23 June 2014)


Guerrero: three opponents of the La Parota dam project arrested

August 4, 2014

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One day after the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), on 29 July, three CECOP members were arrested, including a coordinator who had succeeded the former spokesperson Marco Antonio Suástegui, who in turn was arrested in mid-June.  The arrested inlude the coordinator of the Committee of Peoples of CECOP, Maximino Solís Valeriano, as well as Julio Ventura Ascencio and Emilio Hernández Solís. Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, director of juridical affairs for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, reported that in the case of Maximino Solís, the penal case he confronts began in 2005, such that the timeframe for prosecuting the crime has already passed.  In the cases of Ventura Ascensio and Hernández Solís, the charges for which they are being held is attempted murder.  Similarly, José Palma Tornez and Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz were charged for the same crime, though this was then reclassified to aggravated assault.  Palma Tornez was released after having paying a bail of 146,000 pesos, while Suástegui Muñoz continues incarcerated in Nayarit, where he confronts other charges as well.  The three newly incarcerated persons are being held in the Acapulco jail.

Regarding this new case, the victims accused CECOP members of having injured them in April, following the attack with firearms undertaken by their relatives against communal police in Cacahuatepec.  At this time, CECOP member Lorenzo Ángel Lázaro and ex-ejidal commissioner Nemesio Valeriano Moreno were injured.  There have been no arrests in the case of the attack on CECOP.

For more information (in Spanish):

Detienen ministeriales a tres integrantes del Cecop; un coordinador, entre ellos (La Jornada de Guerrero, 29 de julio de 2014)

Detienen a tres integrantes del Cecop acusados de tentativa de homicidio(El Sur de Acapulco, 29 de julio de 2014)

La Parota, la cuenta regresiva (La Jornada de Guerrero, 29 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: 14 organizations march in favor of release of CECOP’s Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz (20 July 2014)

Guerrero: Several injured after atttack on communal police of CECOP near Acapulco (23 April 2014)

Guerrero: CRAC accepts 48 new communities from Acapulco (16 March 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: Several injured after attack on communal police of CECOP near Acapulco

April 23, 2014

Marco Suástegui Muñoz, Cecop (@libertadguerrero.net)

On 4 April, at least five persons were injured during an ambush by armed civilians acting in the interests of gravel companies against communal police associated with the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP): five communal police from Cacahuatepec, a unit that was founded just a month ago, in addition to two aggressors.  Five in total were arrested for the acts.

On 6 April, in an assembly held in La Concepción, CECOP spokesperson Marco Suástegui Muñoz called on the State Attorney General’s Office to carry out a serious, formal, responsible, and profound investigation into the crimes.  He noted to those present that opponents to the CECOP take note, because “war has now been declared.”  He confirmed that the police unit would take out a loan to buy arms and ammunition so as to be prepared if another ambush happens.  The communal police also voted to recover the lands occupied by the Kimbar gravel company on 9 April.

Rogelio Téliz Cruz, lawyer for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, said that he would be awaiting the investigation taken by the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE), noting that there is enough evidence to convict and imprison the five held in jail.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pide Suástegui a la PGJE pesquisa seria, formal, responsable y a fondo (la Jornada de Guererro, 7 de abril de 2014)

Luchar contra la adversidad en el río Papagayo (El Sur, 7 de abril de 2014)

Pedirá el Cecop un préstamo para armas para defenderse de los gravilleros, dice Suástegui (El Sur, 7 de abril de 2014)

Investiga la PGJE el ataque contra los comunitarios de Cacahuatepec en Parotillas ( El Sur, 6 de abril de 2014)

Grave tras ataque, policía comunitario del Cecop (La Jornada, 5 de abril de 2014)

Crisis de la CRAC-PC, por causas internas e influencia del Estado (La Jornada, 5 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: CRAC accepts 48 new communities from Acapulco (16 March 2014)

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: CRAC accepts 48 new communities from Acapulco

March 16, 2014

Policías Comunitarias de San Luis Acatlán (@SIPAZ archivo)

Communal Police in San Luis Acatlán (@SIPAZ archive)

In an assembly held on 9 March, the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) approved by a vote of 119 to 72 the integration of 48 communities in Acapulco pertaining to the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the la Parota Dam (CECOP).  Part of the discussion had to do with the fact that the majority of the commissioners did not participate in the proposal.  A commission of 20 members of CECOP were present at the meeting at which they complained of the harassment directed by the Acapulco mayor, Luis Walton, and indicated that many commissioners have been bought off by the government, receiving 2000 pesos monthly to be “on their side.”

Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, director of legal matters for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, considered it important that the CRAC incorporate communards and members of CECOP, given the increasing lack of security and aggressions performed by security forces in the region.  He affirmed that Cacahuatepec is a Nahuatl indigenous community which enjoys Law 701, which allows original peoples to develop tasks of security and justice within their territories and to punish crimes in accordance with their uses and customs.

In contrast, José Villanueva Manzanares, spokesperson for the state government, noted that the position of the state administration is that there is no justification for the creation of any communal police units in rural, suburban, or urban regions or communities, unless they be comprised of the indigenous, given that in his view Cacahuatepec is a mestizo region.

For more information (in Spanish):

EN CACAHUATEPEC NO PUEDE HABER POLICÍA COMUNITARIA (Enfoque informativo, 11 de marzo de 2014)

Reprueban líderes de partidos políticos en Acapulco la creación de la policía comunitaria en Cacahuatepec (Sur de Acapulco, 11 de marzo de 2014)

Avala Tlachinollan aprobación de la Crac para incorporar a Cacahuatepec(La Jornada de Guerrero, 11 de marzo de 2014)

La Policía Comunitaria acepta el ingreso de 48 comunidades de Acapulco(Sur de Acapulco, 10 de marzo de 2014)

CRAC acepta conformar policía comunitaria en Acapulco (El Universal, 9 de marzo 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: CECOP announces creation of Communal Police in Cacahuatepec communities

January 22, 2014

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Photo @SIPAZ

Members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) have undertaken the proceedings to form part of the Communal Police in the commons of Cacahuatepec and, in parallel terms, to found a new municipality.  In a 15 January assembly in Agua Caliente, where relatives from 30 of the 47 communities which make up the municipality were present,  CECOP spokesperson Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz announced that 2,461 persons had lost their crops in the wake of tropical storm Manuel.  Pablo Guzmán Hernández, one of the founders of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC), confirmed that he would support the members of the organization.  “Security is failing, with the police infiltrated, and just there are the drug traffickers.  The justice system serves only to incarcerate social activists,” he said.  Antonio Suástegui declared that the movement has always been peaceful and legal, but that no other option is open than to take arms.

For more information (in Spanish):

Crearán ejidatarios de Cacahuatepec su policía comunitaria, anuncian en asamblea (La Jornada de Guerrero, 16 de enero de 2014)

Anuncian opositores a la presa La Parota la creación de la Policía Comunitaria en pueblos de Cacahuatepec (El Sur de Acapulco, 16 de enero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)

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)