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)

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Oaxaca: The Movement of Political Prisoners Worries their Families and Social Organizations

December 3, 2008

According to information distributed by a number of social organizations in Oaxaca including the Committee of Political Prisonsers of Santa María Ixcotel, the Committee of Citizen Defense (CODECI), and Oaxacan Voices Constructing Autonomy and Liberty (VOCAL), 11 prisoners have been transferred “from the central penitentiary of Santa María Ixcotel, Oaxaca to an unknown location on November 27, 2008.” The identities of 9 of the prisoners are unknown, but the announcement that was circulated stated that among the prisoners were Pedro Castillo Aragón, member of several organizations including the Committee of Citizen Defense (CODECI), the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), the Other Campaign, as well as the organization Committee of Political Prisoners of Santa María Ixcotel. Also imprisoned was Victor Hugo Martinez Toledo, member of the APPO. Family and friends denounced that: “At the moment (…) we do not know where they were taken to, the true motive for their movement, or their physical and emotional conditions.” Their has not yet been a public declaration by the authorities as to the reason for their transfer.

For More Information (In Spanish)

Comunicado de las organizaciones sociales Comité de Presos Políticos de Santa María Ixcotel, Comité de Defensa Ciudadana (CODECI) y Voces Oaxaqueños Autonomía y Libertad (VOCAL) (27/11/2008)