Guerrero: New armed attacks against CIPOG-EZ communities.

July 17, 2020


On July 12, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) published a statement from the indigenous peoples and communities of the Costa Chica, Costa Montaña, Montaña Alta and Montaña Baja regions of Guerrero, which make up the Indigenous and Popular Council of Guerrero – Emiliano Zapata ( CIPOG-EZ), in which they denounced the injustices and armed attacks, even deaths, that the promoters and communities of the CIPOG-EZ, CNI and CIG (Indigenous Government Council) face.

Despite the promises of the Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) government to provide security, violent acts continue to occur: “The promises of the AMLO government through its representative Alejandro Encinas were useless, the fire again rocked the lands of Chilapa in the hands of the narco-paramilitary group “Los Ardillos”, which we have denounced so many times and will continue to denounce. “

They reported that on July 11, 100 members of this armed group opened fire on the community of Tula, municipality of Chilapa de Álvarez, and that for three hours several houses and pens were destroyed while the inhabitants had to flee to save their lives. Fortunately, no one died on that occasion, they declared.

They stated that the government already knows what happened but has done nothing. They stressed that “the events occurred just two kilometers from the permanent base of the National Guard, who listened to the more than three hours of shooting, doing absolutely nothing. Said base was placed as part of the security measures to which the government committed itself ”.

They demanded that the right to life of the peoples, promoters and members of the CIPOG-EZ be guaranteed, that the armed group in the area be dismantled and that “the Federal, State and Municipal governments” stop “being complicit by action or omission. of this barbarism against our peoples”.

For more information (in Spanish):

Nuevamente ataques armados contra comunidades del CIPOG-EZ, bajo la mirada cómplice de los malos gobiernos Municipal, Estatal y Federal. (Comunicado, CNI,  12 de julio,)

Protestan por ataque armado de ‘Los Ardillos’ en Tula, Guerrero(La Jornada, 12 de julio)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Tlachinollan Highlights Need for Coordinated Action to Dismantle Criminal Organizations after Murder of Ten Indigenous in Alcozacan (January 21, 2020)

Guerrero: Two Members of CRAC-PF and CIPOG-EZ Murdered (May 28, 2019)

Guerrero: CNI Denounces Kidnapping and Murder of Two Members (May 11, 2019)

Guerrero: Murders and death-threats against candidates for June elections

May 17, 2015

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National Electoral Institute (

On 1 May, a group of hitmen murdered Ulises Fabián Quiroz, the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s (PRI) candidate for the mayorship of Chilapa in the forthcoming elections planned for 7 June.  José Santos Valdivia, the substitute choice for the PRI-Green alliance for the same office, refused to continue with the electoral campaign.  The candidate for the Movement for National Regeneration (MORENA), Laura Patricia Hernández Carrillo, had just announced days before that she would be suspending her candidacy for security reasons.

On 31 April, the New Alliance Party (PANAL) reported the murder of four of its members as they were returning from a campaign rally in Ixcapuzalco, the municipal center of Pedro Ascención, in the north of the state

Also in April, the gubernatorial candidate for the Citizens’ Movement (MC), Luis Walton Aburto, cancelled his proselytizing tour in the Mountain region, after he had been intercepted together with his cabinet by an armed group in the municipal center of Chilapa de Álvarez.

In mid-March, Aidé Nava González, candidate of the Party for Democratic Revolution (PRD) for the mayorship of Ahuacuotzingo, located below the Mountain region, was found dead in the surroundings of the Tecoanapa community, near where she had been taken by armed subjects days prior.

To date, the authorities believe these violent acts to be localized, and that there still exist the adequate conditions for elections next month.

In a communique published at the beginning of May, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights warned that the “violence has no limits, and the lack of capacity of the authorities to confront it is evident.  The political class finds itself trapped within its own labyrinth.  It fell into the same claws of the crow that gave birth to it, and it has had to submit itself to the very laws of barbarism which it has itself imposed.  Guerrero is a territory mined by violence.  There is no place there that escapes control by organized crime […].  The weakness of State institutions contrasts with the strength of criminal organizations, whose power has been demonstrated as being capable of executing local and state authorities.  This monster has set down its roots within the very same State structures.  It is a central part of the way in which power is exercised, and in which politics take place […].  Violence traps us, and what has disrupted the electoral process is what the authorities have not desired to see and address.  They prefer to focus their attention on the social organizations that openly have called for there not to be elections.  The State dismisses them for being bold enough to call into question the carrying-out of said elections.  It views them as a great threat, and among the most dangerous groups within this electoral situation.  The State has not attended to their demands in a profound way: that is, the situations that truly imperil the lives of the people.  Nor has it paid attention to the claims that within the political parties candidates develop which respond above all to the interests of organized crime.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Candidatos temen por su seguridad; suplente del PRI-Chilapa rehúye postulación (Excelsior, 5 de mayo de 2015)

Guerrero, en medio de la tormenta. (Centro de derechos humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 5 de mayo de 2015)

Nueva Alianza lamenta el asesinato de cuatro miembros en Guerrero (CNN México, 4 de mayo de 2015)

Sicarios preguntaron por líder criminal antes de ejecutar a candidato en Guerrero (Proceso, 4 de mayo de 2015)

La violencia del narco amenaza las elecciones al sur de México (El País, 4 de mayo de 2015)

“Violencia en Guerrero, focalizada”, Ortega descarta crisis en elecciones(CNN México, 2 de mayo)

Grupo armado intercepta y encañona a Luis Walton en Chilapa (Proceso, 25 de abril de 2015)

Hallan decapitada a precandidata perredista a edil de Ahuacuotzingo (La Jornada, 12 de marzo de 2015)