Guerrero: Communal Police expresses itself in light of situation in the Montaña and Costa Chica

February 26, 2013

Policías comunitarias, agosto de 2012 (@La Voz del Anahuac)

On 13 February, in the offices of CENCOS in Mexico City, the word of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC) was shared with regards to the situations experienced in the Montaña and Costa Chica regions of Guerrero.  The communique mentions  the agreements that have been reached following a dialogue between the communal and agrarian authorities as well as the communal police and residents in general, together with a commission of protesting authorities, which had occupied the CRAC’s House of Justice in San Luis Acatán.

  1. The CRAC will recover the House of Justice and the protestors will allow for the development of the activities in a normal fashion, without obstructing any activities.
  2. The municipal commissars of the CRAC communities, jointly with a commission of authorities of the protestors, will lead the call for a new regional assembly, to be held on 23 February, in the auditorium of the San Isidro neighborhood in San Luis Acatlán.
  3. Due to that which has occurred in some communities where the order was given to arrest coordinators and regional commanders, it has been agreed that the municipal commissars should immediately suspend arrest-orders.
  4. The representatives of both sides agree not to offend each other, attack each other, or take revenge against the coordinators and regional commanders, nor against the commission of protestors in the House of Justice.
  5. The call for the Regional Assembly for 23 February will be signed and distributed by the representatives of both parties.
  6. The regional assembly of 23 February will be for the exit of the coordinators and regional commanders, as well as for the nomination and/or ratification of the new regional coordinators and commanders in the four communal houses of justice (San Luis Acatlán, Espino Blanco, Zitlaltepec, and El Paraíso).

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa: Policia Comunitaria de Guerrero da postura ante la situación en la Montaña y Costa Chica y la actual ofensiva por autoridades estatales (CRAC-PC, 13 de febrero de 2013)

Con acuerdos y diálogo entre todas las partes, pone la Crac fin a pugna interna (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de febrero de 2013)

Retoma policía comunitaria casa de justicia de San Luis Acatlán (La Jornada, 13 de febrero 2013)

Rechazan regulación de Policías Comunitarias (El Universal, 13 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)


Mexico: Second robbery and harassment of CIMAC offices

June 8, 2011

During the weekend of 21-22 May, the offices of Communication and Information for Women (CIMAC) suffered the robbery of professional work materials.  This is the second occasion on which CIMAC has suffered robbery and harassment in its office.  To date there has been no progress with the first investigation, the very reason for which CIMAC issued a formal complaint to the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH), demanding that this time the acts not remain in impunity, as occurred with the denunciation registered on 28 July 2008.

Lucía Lagunes Huerta, executive coordinator of CIMAC, indicated that those who entered the space broke a door and locks and carried away equipment belonging to the executive coordination and the documentation center, among other damages, and cut the internet cords as well as damaging an electricity monitor.  She added that it is possible to infer that this robbery was not a “common crime.”

Article 19 Office for Mexico and Central America, Rights House for Journalists, the National Center for Social Communication (CENCOS), and the Network of Standing Journalists, among other civil and human-rights organizations that favor free speech, condemned the harassment, given that it has to do with an attack on free expression.  They noted that since its foundation in 1998 CIMAC has characterized itself for its denunciations of violations to women’s human rights, in addition to being an important source of information in Latin America regarding the situation of women in Mexico.

For more information (in Spanish):

Solidaridad con CIMAC por segundo allanamiento de oficinas, Ciudadanía Express, 23 May 2011

Asaltaron y robaron oficinas de CIMAC, Oaxaca, 23 Maye 2011

En tres años, segundo allanamiento contra CIMAC, CIMAC Noticias, 23 May 2011