Guerrero: CRAC inaugurates fifth House of Justice in the Ometepec municipality

December 18, 2013

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Photo @SIPAZ

On 15 December, during the eighteenth anniversary of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC), a fifth house of justice was inaugurated, which is to be based in Cochoapa, Ometepec municipality.  The protest action also included the integration of the communities Juchitán Callejones de San Luis Acatlán, Chapultepec de Marquelia, Totomixtlahuaca de Tlacoapa, Tixtla, Acatempan, El Troncón, and Los Amates to the CRAC-PC.  In fact, the action to found a new House of Justice in Cochoapa divided the councilors and other members of the CRAC. Adelaida Hernández Nava, coordinator of the House of Justice based in San Luis Acatlán, departed from the march which took place on the anniversary, while the four coordinators of other Houses of Justice in El Paraiso similarly left the scene prematurely so as not to be seen to support the mobilization.

These differences have to do with the internal rule demanding that two years should pass for new members to exercise their rights and so integrate themselves into this alternative system of justice and security.  However, Eliseo Villar Castillo, coordinator of the House of Justice in San Luis Acatlán, recalled that a general assembly had approved the creation of the House of Justice in Cochoapa.  Several members of the CRAC opted for prudence, consensus, and observance of internal regulations.  Councilor Ignacio Navarro called on the new members of the PC to observe the internal rules of the CRAC and to proceed slowly so as not to commit errors.  Valentín Hernández, assessor for the CRAC, noted that there was a silence in terms of the imprisoned communal police: “We are not all here; there are still 13 comrades who are imprisoned.  In case they have made mistakes, this should be discussed and potentially sanctioned by the CRAC, but not by the federal government.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Marchan policías comunitarios en Ometepec, Guerrero (Excelsior, 15 de diciembre de 2013)

La nueva casa de justicia divide a la CRAC (Novedades Acapulco, 15 de diciembre de 2013)

Crea la Crac casa de justicia; tendrá su sede en Cochoapa, Ometepec (La Jornada de Guerrero, 16 de diciembre de 2013)

Marcharon 3 mil policías comunitarios en Ometepec (El faro de la Costa, 17 de diciembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC in Olinalá (13 September 2013)

Guerrero: Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC) pronounces itself against state decree (26 February 2013)

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)


Guerrero: Humanitarian crisis caused by tropical storm Manuel continues in the Mountain

October 5, 2013

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Llano de Tepehuaje, Metlatónoc municipality. Photo @Tlachinollan

In the region of the Mountain, thousands of indigenous persons have abandoned at least 48 communities due to hazards and the loss of 80% of the crops that were devastated by the severe rainsfalls brought by tropical storm Manuel, noted Javier Guerrero, subsecretary for Social Development.  During a meeting carried out in the Catholic House, which has become a shelter of sorts in Tlapa de Comonfort for more than 160 displaced indigenous persons, Guerrero reported that the federal highways Tlapa-Marquelia and Tlapa-Metlatónoc, the two principal routes that connect the poorest municipalities of the country, have been destroyed.  The residents of different communities such as Tilapa and Santa Cruz del Rincón report that the highway has simply disappeared.

A 30 September communique from the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights mentions that “in accordance with the Secretary for Social Development (SEDESOL), there are 48 communities that continue to lack access by aerial and terrestrial routes, though this statistic could increase considering that in the municipalities of Acatepec, Metlatónoc, and Cochoapa it is practically impossible to maintain constant communication.  Attention by means of air is insufficient and the criteria for the definition of routes for helicopters lack transparency.”  Of the 700 indigenous communities located in the Mountain region of Guerrero, to date there has been had contact with only about 100, claims Tlachinollan.  The official statistics speak of 33 dead, according to the report released on 26 September by Civil Protection, but the testimonies collected by Tlachinollan mention at least 42 dead, without taking into account the disappeared.

On 23 September, indigenous peoples of the Mountain formed the Council of Authorities Affected by the Storm, which will be the voice of the people.  Abel Barrera, director of Tlachinollan, indicates that the members of the Council will insist that they not be excluded from decision-making processes.  In his view, what usually happens is that the mayors meet behind closed doors with the Army and State authorities and make decisions behind the backs of the displaced, with the result that aid and resources are mobilized without consulting local residents.

For more information (in Spanish):

En la Montaña, miles de desplazados y 80% de cultivos arrasados: Sedesol (Proceso, 29 de septiembre de 2013)

Crece el aislamiento en comunidades de la Montaña (La Jornada, 29 de septiembre de 2013)

Después del diluvio (La Jornada, 30 de septiembre de 2013)

Continúa crisis humanitaria en La Montaña (Tlachinollan, 30 de septiembre de 2013)

Fotogalería de Tlachinollan

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: The situation continues to be dramatic for storm victims in Guerrero (4 October 2013)

Guerrero: Deaths and victims of tropical storm Manuel (4 October 2013)