Oaxaca: Fifth Indigenous, Campesino, and Popular Meeting held in Juchitán

May 16, 2015

Quinto Encuentro Indígena, Campesino y Popular (@CODEP)

Fifth Indigenous, Campesino, and Popular Meeting (@CODEP)

On 2 and 3 May, the Fifth Indigenous, Campesino, and Popular Meeting was held in Juchitán City.  Approximately 500 members of more than 20 social organizations from Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz, Chiapas, Ciudad de México, Morelos, Michoacán, and Quintana Roo participated in the event, which was organized by the Campesino-Worker-Student Coalition of the Isthmus (COCEI), the Council in Defense of People’s Human Rights (CODEP), and the Committee for Popular Defense (CODECI).

Participants at the meeting analyzed the “death projects” implemented by transnational corporations and strategized about resistance to such.  At the close of the event, those in attendance demanded the appearance with life of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa who were forcibly disappeared on 26 September 2014, and they expressed their utter rejection of transnational projects.  They called for the construction of a large popular bloc that “will avert looting and accumulation by dispossession; arrest the barbarism and death-projects that that brings with it; unlearn the culture of being servile and overcome fear.  From our quantitative majority, let us become a political and counter-hegemonic majority that builds social and popular power from autonomy, making good laws, a new economy, and a new culture so that the people of Mexico win the country.”

For more information (in Spanish):

5° Encuentro Nacional Indígena, Campesino y Popular Por las Resistencias, los Derechos y las autonomías ( Declaración final, 3 de mayo de 2015)

Quinto Encuentro nacional indígena-campesino en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 2 de mayo de 2015)

No a proyectos trasnacionales y sí a la aparición con vida de los 43 normalistas: Quinto Encuentro Nacional Indígena (Página3, 5 de mayo de 2015)


Oaxaca: “We agree to organize ourselves at the regional level to resist wind-energy projects, mines, and other megaprojects”: CNI Isthmus

April 10, 2014

Foto @ APIITD

Photo @ APIITDTT

On 29 March there was held the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) in the community of Álvaro Obregón, Juchitán de Zaragoza municipality, where the primary theme for discussion was the organization of communities to resist wind-energy projects in the Tehuantepec Isthmus.  National and international organizations and persons from the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Veracruz, and Mexico City were received by the communal council, the council of the elderly, and the communal police of Álvaro Obregón, “who continue stronger than ever despite the constant harassment we have suffered in recent months at the hands of the municipal and state governments, as well as due to the leaders of the COCEI-PRD-PT and the PRI of Juchitán,” as the closing statement notes.

During the meeting there was a discussion of challenges and commitments: “New constitutional reforms are coming in terms of agrarian matters, and there will be other laws to prohibit protests and social mobilizations.  They threaten us, they imprison us, they repress us […].  We commit ourselves to struggle for the strengthening of our autonomy as indigenous peoples, campesinos, and mestiz@s […].  We commit ourselves to the struggle of our  grandfather, comrade Ta’ Pedro Martínez Guerra, a communard from Juchitán, to recover his lands which find themselves being invaded by the Fenosa Natural Gas firm.”

Participants also made reference to other projects they are resisting, such as “the invasion and extraction of minerals for construction on the mountain of Santa Cruz Igú, a sacred site, historical and communal, that is part of the communal goods of Juchitán, and we pronounce ourselves against the construction of the mining project in Ixtepec, which will have strong negative consequences in terms of health, environment, and the way of life our all our communities.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento del Congreso Nacional Indígena CNI – Istmo (Asamblea de los Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio – APIITDTT, 31 de marzo de 2014)

Rechazo a proyectos eólicos, tema central en congreso de comunidades del istmo (La Jornada, 29 de marzo de 2014)

El paso de la resistencia a la autonomía en el Istmo de Tehuantepec(Desinformémonos, 31 de marzo de 2014)

Nuevo ataque de las eólicas en Oaxaca (Desinformémonos, marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Members of the communal police of Álvaro Obregón detained (30 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Denunciation of new attacks in Álvaro Obregón and organizational call for National Indigenous Congress in the Isthmus Region (28 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Opponents to wind-energy parks threatened with death in the Isthmus (2 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Denunciation of harassment and death-threats against human-rights defenders in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (9 December 2013)


Oaxaca: Confrontations in Álvaro Obregón community, Juchitán, leaves several injured

March 15, 2014

Foto @ Sol del Istmo

Photo @ Sol del Istmo

On 2 March there occurred a confrontation among residents of Álvaro Obregón, a community pertaining to the Juchitán de Zaragoza municipality.  According to the denunciation of the Assembly of Indigenous Peoples of the Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory (APIIDTT), “persons linked to the mayor of Juchitán, Saúl Vicente Vázquez, and to COCEI and PRI leaders, attacked the Communal General Assembly of Álvaro Obregón its communal council,” an act that, according to some media, resulted in at least twenty persons injured and one flipped vehicle.

Local elections were held on this day: “they were giving 500 pesos in exchange for election IDs and they were promising $1500 the next day, when they showed up to the event organized by Saúl Vicente on 8 February, where a party leader was to be nominated,” as the public denunciation noted.  Continuing: “after a meeting in a particular house, there was carried out this ‘pretend’ elections.”  On 8 December 2013, the Communal Assembly elected its communal council, communal police, and council of elderly advisors according to its uses and customs.

The Communal General Assembly of Álvaro Obregón affirms that it was meeting in the central plaza, agreeing on the membership of the communal council, when “a group of persons who found themselves in the election held by Saúl Vicente initiated an attack against those who found themselves in the plaza, using gunshots, stones, and sticks.  They attempted to take City Hall by force and a confrontation followed, for the people who were at the General Assembly repelled the attack, leaving several comrades hurt,” they noted in a denunciation.  After the attack, “one of these persons went to the house of the commander of the Communal Police to drench him in gasoline and attempt to set him on fire.  Later, they tried to kidnap the son of the Communal Agent,” notes the communique.  In the end, units from the Navy arrived and performed a search for firearms.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado 04 de marzo: Álvaro Obregón continuará con la defensa y autodeterminación de su territorio, ante cualquiera que la amenace(Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio, 4 de marzo de 2014)

Acción Urgente del Centro de Derechos Humanos Tepeyac del Istmo de Tehuantepec (3 de marzo de 2014)

Comunicado 02 de marzo de 2014: Con balas, intenta Saúl Vicente imponer autoridad municipal en Álvaro Obregón (Blog de la Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio, 3 de marzo de 2014)

Comunicado de prensa Ucizoni condena agresión contra el pueblo de Álvaro Obregón (Semanario Evidencias, 3 de marzo de 2014)

Aseguran amenazas de muerte de empresa Gas Natural Fenosa (El Imparcial, 1 de marzo de 2014)

Zafarrancho en Álvaro Obregón (Sol del Istmo, 3 de marzo de 2014)

Asamblea general comunitaria no valida resultados de elección de Álvaro Obregón (Página 3, 3 de marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Opponents to wind-energy parks threatened with death in the Isthmus (2 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Denunciation of harassment and death-threats against human-rights defenders in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (9 December 2013)

Oaxaca: The Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People denounces attack on wind-energy camp (26 October 2013)

Oaxaca: Death by gunfire of opponent to wind-energy projected promoted by multinational Fenosa Natural Gas (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: “The Isthmus at the Crossroads” Seminar (20 August 2013)