Guerrero: PRI wins elections within violent context

June 25, 2015

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Federal police invade Tepeyac community, Tlapa. Photo @Tlachinollan

With a margin of 41%, the preliminary results of the Guerrero State elections place the PRI-PVEM candidate, Héctor Astudillo Flores, as the winner. Astudillo gained 465 mil 263 votes, 7% more than his most popular rival, the PRD-PT candidate, Beatriz Mojica Morga. The candidate for the Citizens’ Movement (MC), Luis Walton Aburto, took third place, with 91,651 votes. Beyond these, comes the National Action Party candidate (PAN), Jorge Camacho Peñaloza (58,005 votes); the MORENA candidate, Pablo Amílcar Sandoval (30,355 votes), and the New Alliance Party (PANAL), Karime Sevilla (19,625 votes).

In the mayorships, the PRI took 36, the PRD 24, the MC 7, the PAN 4, and the PT and PVEM 2 each, with PANAL taking 1. According to these results, the PRI will retake control of Acapulco, Iguala, and Tixtla, and it will maintain power in Chilpancingo, Taxco, and Chilapa, while the PRD will continue to govern in Zihuatanejo and Cocula, and it will recover Ayutla and Metlatónoc.

On election day, the process took place within a violent context in many parts of the state. In Tlapa de Comonfort, police and soldiers attacked citizens (including two women and a girl) who had kidnapped federal officials, whom they wanted to exchange for 9 imprisoned teachers. The group was arrested by the authorities at the headquarters of the State Coordination of Educational Workers of Guerrero (CETEG) and one house in particular. Abel Barrera, director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, arrived to the site to mediate a dialogue and interchange between the arrested teachers, who had been transferred by helicopter to Mexico City, and the federal officials. Barrera reported that the Secretary for Governance had accepted the exchange, but that the teachers would be handed over in Chilpancingo. Nonetheless, at night, federal police fired tear gas and live ammunition at the citizenry to disperse them. One youth died by gunfire for this reason.

Tlachinollan has demanded that the security forces that participated in this attack be investigated and sanctioned. The Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights published an Urgent Action on 8 June that demands that federal and state authorities “guarantee the security of the people of Tlapa and of the people arrested by the federal police at the CETEG offices,” beyond “carrying out an independent investigation,” among other things. Crescenciano Gallardo Sánchez, spokesperson for the CETEG in the Costa Grande, observed that “whoever wins the election, the protests carried out by social organizations in the state will continue, to demand the return with life of the 43 students of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, who were forcibly disappeared on 26 September of last year in Iguala, as well as to demand the release of all political prisoners, especially the communal leader Nestora Salgado García.

A day before the elections were held, Saturday 6 June, there was a confrontation involving members of the United Front for Security and Social Development in Guerrero (FUSDEG) in a rural zone of the Acapulco municipality which left 16 dead and an unspecified number of injured. Nonetheless, the mayor, Luis Uruñuela, expressed that the events do not have to do with the elections, and he claimed that the State Attorney General would investigate the incident.

For more information (in Spanish):

Cómputo del Prep coloca a Astudillo Flores como ganador de la elección (La Jornada de Guerrero, 9 de junio de 2015)

Federales y militares disparan contra civiles en Tlapa; reportan un muerto (La Jornada de Guerrero, 7 de junio de 2015)

Policía ingresa a Tlapa y rescata a federales retenidos; confirman muerte de una persona (Sin Embargo, 7 de junio de 2015)

Gobierno estatal rompió la negociación antes de operativo en Tlapa, denuncian (Centro ProDH, 9 de junio de 2015)

Lamenta el alcalde el enfrentamiento del Fusdeg en Xolapa que dejó 16 muertos (La Jornada de Guerrero, 8 de junio de 2015)

Se proclama vencedor Héctor Astudillo con ventaja de 14 puntos sobre Mojica (La Jornada de Guerrero, 8 de junio de 2015)

Gane quien gane la elección, seguirán las protestas de organizaciones: Ceteg (La Jornada de Guerrero, 8 de junio de 2015)

ACCIÓN URGENTE (Tlachinollan, 7 de junio de 2015)

ACCIÓN URGENTE (Centro de DDHH Pro Juárez)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero/National: 8 months after the forcible disappearance of the 43 students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, there is no progress (9 June 2015)

Guerrero/International: Eurocaravan for Ayotzinapa prohibited from protesting in front of Mexican embassy in Spain (7 June 2015)

Guerrero: Ayotzinapa – seven months of impunity and struggling for justice (3 May 2015)


Guerrero: Teacher from Acapulco dies after violent repression of a protest by the Federal Police

March 10, 2015

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Homage to teacher Claudio Castillo. Photo @SIDIDH

On 25 February, the Guerrero state government confirmed the death of the teacher Claudio Castillo Peña due to cranial trauma, following the conflict between the Federal Police and members of the State Coordination of Educational Workers in Guerrero (CETEG) the day prior in Acapulco.  Raúl Miliani Sabido,  the Secretary for Civil Protection in the state, said in an interview that “unfortunately we do have the confirmation” of Castillo’s death, being 65 years of age.  Castillo Peña belonged to the teachers’ movement of the retired and usually was one of the speakers at the actions organized by the teachers in resistance.  Due to his state of health, the teacher used crutches, and witnesses observe that he could not run to escape the police displacement operation.  The Attorney General of Guerrero State announced on 26 February that the appropriate investigations had begun to investigate and establish the legal responsibilities of the civilian courts.

Testimony from female members of CETEG who had been at the front of the contingent when it was attacked by the Federal Police confirms the sexual abuse of a teacher who has been hospitalized in Cuernavaca, Morelos.  In a communique she relates that during the chase, the police caught up with her “and began to beat me, then I fell.  So they took me to a remote place where they raped me multiple times, hurt me, and caused me to lose consciousness due to so much pain.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Gobierno de Guerrero confirma la muerte de un profesor en Acapulco (La Jornada, 25 de febrero de 2015)

Maestro jubilado muere tras desalojo en Acapulco (Cuartoscuro, 25 de febrero de 2015)

Fiscalía de Guerrero investiga desalojo y asesinato de maestro(Excelsior, 26 de febrero de 2015)

Fue violada “una y otra vez” por policías federales, denuncia maestra(Sur Acapulco, 2 de marzo de 2015)

Al maestro sí lo mató la Policía Federal; cuatro profesoras fueron violadas, denuncia la Ceteg (CENCOS, 26 de febrero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Investigation “based in scientific proof” requested in the Ayotzinapa case (1 March 2015)

Guerrero: Amnesty International accuses PGR of failure to investigate participation of the Army in the Ayotzinapa case (5 February 2015)

Guerrero: further update in the Ayotzinapa case (29 December 2014)


Guerrero: The Navy has tried to arrest him, denounces brother of CECOP spokesperson

December 30, 2014

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Vicente Suástegui Muñoz, brother of spokesperson of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), who has been imprisoned since June, publicly denounced that on 13 December, marines attempted to arrest him outside his home in Ciudad Renacimiento.  He asserted that his relatives began to record what was happening, so that the marines would suspend their operation of detaining him and transferring him to an official vehicle. Vicente Suástegui held the Navy responsible for anything that could happen to him or his family.

He reported these acts during a press-conference that was held in the community of La Concepción, during which members of the Guerrero Popular Movement and the State Coordination of Educational Workers of Guerrero (CETEG) expressed their support for CECOP:  “those members of MPG and CETEG here present would like to manifest our concern for the exacerbation of the policies of harassment and repression against CECOP which nobly defend its territory against the bad government.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Intentaron detenerlo marinos, denuncia el hermano del vocero de los opositores a la presa La Parota (El Sur de Acapulco, 15 de diciembre de 2014)

 Liberar a Suástegui y a comuneros detenidos, exigen MPG y CETEG a los gobiernos federal y estatal (El Sur de Acapulco,

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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: Police beat journalists during protests for Ayotzinapa

December 6, 2014

Manifestación en Guerrero (@transfondoinformativo.blogspot.com)

Manifestation in Guerrero (@transfondoinformativo.blogspot.com)

On 11 November, Guerrero state police beat the journalist Carlos Navarrete Rubio from the Diario El Sur, beyond physically and verbally attacking at least 10 journalists who were documenting the violent displacement of at least 500 teachers from the State Coordination of Educational Workers in Guerrero (CETEG) at the state offices of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Chilpancingo.  These teachers were protesting the disappearance of the 43 normalist students from Ayotzinapa.

The next day, media workers protested at the Guerrero Palace of Governance and at the CETEG sit-in to demand guarantees for their journalistic work.  The reporter from El Sur who had been attacked publicly read aloud a letter in which he affirms that “the lack of protocols to dissuade social protests and the lack of training in terms of human rights on the part of state police is now evident, as has been reflected during protests that have taken place in recent days in Acapulco and Chilpancingo (…).  We are clear that we will not allow any other attacks against our media representatives.  Indeed, if this is repeated, we will react using all means we have at our disposal.”

Article 19, an organization that protects the right to freedom of expression, noted that the Guerrero state police must adopt the necessary measures to guarantee effective protection of this right “within contexts of manifestations or public protests, as in the adoption of protocols that are to guide security forces and other authorities in such contexts, toward the end of having them observe their tasks of preventing and protecting against any attacks directed at journalists and those who assist with the realization of coverage of protests, including the mobilization of emergency medical aid in safe conditions rather than criminalization.”

For more information (in Spanish):

ALERTA: Policías de Guerrero golpean a periodistas durante manifestación (Artículo 19, 12 de noviembre de 2014)

Reporteros agredidos por policías reclaman al gobierno garantías para su trabajo (El Sur de Acapulco, 13 de noviembre de 2014)

Llama EU a ‘‘mantener la calma’’ mientras se investigan los hechos ocurridos en Iguala (La Jornada, 13 de noviembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)

Guerrero: municipal police of Iguala fire on students of the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. Six have died (11 October 2014)


Guerrero: Discourse of the interim governor of Guerrero puts at risk the work of human-rights defenders, Tlachinollan

November 13, 2014

Abel Barrera, director del CDH Tlachinollan (@Tlachinollan)

On 3 November, the interim governor of Guerrero, Rogelio Ortega Martínez, assured before media that he had sought out closeness with the relatives of the students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa who have been disappeared for 40 days, but he opined that groups like the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights and the State Coordination of Educational Workers in Guerrero (CETEG) have inhibited this dialogue.  He criticized radical groups for using recent events to carry out graffiti, arson, and vandalism rather than prioritizing the search for the disappeared.

In response to this challenge, Abel Barrera Hernández, director of Tlachinollan, lamented the slanderous claims against Tlachinollan, claiming that is puts at risk the labor carried out by the human-rights workers who work at the Center.  He clarified that they have been respectful and that the parents of the disappeared “are the ones who decide, and it has been a complex learning process, in light of this atrocious act, and they feel they have been cheated.”  He added that the authorities must come to understand that there is a marked lack of trust toward the government, and that “it is not enough to call for a mere sit-down chat.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Tlachinollan evita encuentro con padres de normalistas: Gobernador(Quadratin de Guerrero, 3 de noviembre de 2014)

Propone el gobernador diálogo con grupos subversivos, incluyendo encapuchados (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de noviembre de 2014)

Es importante la detención de Abarca para padres: activista (Milenio, 4 de noviembre de 2014)

Con su ataque a Tlachinollan Rogelio Ortega pone en riesgo a defensores, advierte Abel Barrera (El Sur de Acapulco, 5 de noviembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)

Guerrero: Contradictory versions regarding findings from graves in Iguala three weeks after the forced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa – Protests are radicalized (26 October 2014)

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

Guerrero: municipal police of Iguala fire on students of the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. Six have died (11 October 2014)


Guerrero: Contradictory versions regarding findings from graves in Iguala three weeks after the forced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa – protests are radicalized

October 25, 2014

Protesta ante caso Ayotzinapa (@pocamadrenews.blogspot.com)

Protest for the Ayotzinapa case (@pocamadrenews.wordpress.com)

More than three weeks after the forcible disappearance of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, their whereabouts are still unknown.  6 mass-grave sites have been identified containing at least 28 cadavers.  According to Jesús Murillo Karam, head of the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR), the DNA evidence does not match that of the 43 students.  Argentine specialists who joined the work to identify the bodies that have been located have claimed that this conclusion cannot be definitively reached yet, and that an additional 15 days to 2 months would be required for them to present their conclusions.  For their part, relatives of the disappeared students and communal police from the Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State (UPOEG) have located four new grave-sites.

In the meanwhile, protests continue both in Guerrero, as in other parts of the Mexican Republic.  Teachers from the State Coordination of Educational Workers of Guerrero (CETEG) and comrades of the students occupied banks and radio stations in Chilpancingo.  One day prior, governmental offices burned in the same city.  The protests have been increasingly radicalized, leading state governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero to report that mayors of 16 of the 81 municipalities of the state decided to suspend activities in said municipalities on Friday 17 October so as to “avoid all types of confrontations,” making reference to the protests that were expected to demand the presentation of the disappeared students.

The Ayotzinapa case has also generated repudiation outside of Mexico.  On 12 October, the representative of the European Union (EU) condemned the violent acts in the Tlatlaya municipality, Mexico State (wherein 22 civilians died, 14 due to gunfire and 8 other due to executions carried out by 3 soldiers after they surrendered on 30 June), a well as the crimes committed against students in the Iguala municipality of Guerrero.

For more information (in Spanish):

18 ayuntamientos de Guerrero cierran ante protestas por el caso Ayotzinapa (CNN México, 16 de octubre de 2014)

 Y luego de 19 días, con 50 detenidos y 10 fosas, los 43 siguen desaparecidos (Sin embargo, 15 de octubre de 2014)

Halla la UPOEG cuatro fosas y una osamenta de mujer en el cerro Gordo, en Iguala (El Sur de Acapulco, 15 de octubre de 2014)

Miles de universitarios exigen justicia por caso Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 15 de octubre de 2014)

Equipo argentino refuta a la PGR: no identifica aún cuerpos de fosas de Iguala. (Proceso, 14 de octubre de 2014)

La Unión Europea expresa su preocupación por los casos Tlatlaya e Iguala (CNN México, 12 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

Guerrero: municipal police of Iguala fire on students of the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. Six have died (11 October 2014)

Guerrero: Impunity continues in the Ayotzinapa case (17 May 2013)

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


Guerrero: Organizations clarify that they have no relationship with guerrilla movements

January 22, 2014

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On 13 January, the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights (Prodh) affirmed its support for the Collective against Torture and Impunity (CCTI), which faces criminalization due to its work for human rights.  This criminalization was revealed on 7 January on the electronic news page Milenio.com, which published an article referring to State intelligence reports from the federal and Guerrero state governments.  This article observes that “the social groups which in 2013 were very active in the state (such as the teachers’ movements and the communal police) had been assessed and infiltrated by guerrilla movements or members of insurgent groups that work in the region.”

In light of this, the CCTI clarified to Milenio that it has no relationship or tie with any guerrilla groups, whether state or national, and it stressed that the published article threatens the physical and psychological integrity of Dr. Raymundo a human-rights coordinator for CCTI in Guerrero; Bertoldo Martínez Cruz, member of the Front of Organizations of Guerrero State (FODEG); Minervino Morán Hernández, memember of the State Coordination of Education Workers in Guerrero (CETEG); Bernardino García Francisco, survivor of the El Charco massacre; Manuel Olivares Hernández, from the Guerrerense Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations; Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, a lawyer in defense of human rights from the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights; and Javier Monroy, from the Workshop for Communal Development (Tadeco).

Para más información:

COMUNICADO DEL COLECTIVO CONTRA LA TORTURA E IMPUNIDAD ANTE DIFAMACIONES DE INTELIGENCIA DEL ESTADO MEXICANO (CCTI, 10 de enero de 2014)

Centro Prodh repudia la criminalización contra organizaciones guerrerenses(Centro Prodh, 13 de enero de 2014)

Guerrilla “mueve” a grupos de autodefensa y maestros (Milenio, 7 de enero de 2014)