Guerrero – briefs: TADECO module and space for artisans in Plaza Cívica of Chilpancingo forcibly evicted; ERPI leader is assassinated

March 9, 2011

On 25 February, officials from Chilpancingo City Hall, supported by some 20 police and one public notary, evicted the informational and cultural space organized by the Workshop of Communal Development (TADECO) in the Plaza Cívica of the city.  Similarly, on 27 February, municipal police, among other officials, attempted to evict the artisans who have for several years sold their goods in the Plaza.  One such artisan was arrested and released 7 hours later.  The leadership of the artisans has presented an affidavit to the Public Ministry for the crimes of injuries, robbery, abuse of authority, and death-threats.  The attempted eviction finds its basis in the intentions of City Hall to leave the Zócalo of the capital-city clear of ambulatory merchants.  The members of TADECO, like the merchants in the center of Chilpancingo, installed themselves in a sit-in to demand that their spaces be returned to them so that they can continue to sell.  TADECO and the Committee of the Disappeared invite those who support them to attend the manifestation planned for Thursday 3 March at 10am in La Alameda.  For his part, Juan Alarcón Hernández, president of the Commission of Defense of Human Rights (CODDEHUM), called on municipal authorities to behave in accordance with the law and to respect the culture of legality regarding the human rights of the artisans and merchants of the capital’s Zócalo.

In other news, on Wednesday 23 February, a group of armed men killed Rubén Santana Alonson, presumed to be the second-in-command of the Revolutionary Army of the Insurgent People (ERPI), in the community La Laguna in the Sierra de Coyuca de Catalán.  Javier Monroy, TADECO coordinator, noted that the comandante Ramiro was killed in a similar way to Santana Alonso, adding that such shows that the government seeks to dismantle the ERPI.  Omar Guerrero Solís, better known as comandante Ramiro, member of the ERPI, was killed on 4 November 2009 in the Sierra de Coyuca de Catalán.  Rubén Santana was associated with the latest attack on the state police that occurred in October 2010 when police climbed the sierra to rescue the kidnapped cattle-rancher Homero Montúfar; before arriving to La Laguna they were intercepted by an armed group.  According to the official report, armed subjects killed Rubén Santana Alonson; no other details are provided.

For more information (in Spanish):

Manifestación TADECO y Comité Desaparecidos

Golpes y amenazas en intento de desalojo de artesanos del Zócalo de Chilpancingo (Sur de Acapulco, 28 February)

Con policías, quitan a comerciantes reinstalados en el zócalo capitalino (La Jornada, 26 February)

Pide la Codehum al alcalde Astudillo “evitar cualquier acto de violencia” (Sur de Acapulco, 28 February)

Por exceso de confianza, el asesinato del lugarteniente de Ramiro: Javier Monroy (La Jornada, 28 February)

Matan a presunto líder guerrillero en la sierra de Coyuca de Catalán (Sur de Acapulco, 28 February)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Uncertainty over future of TADECO module at Chilpancingo Civic Square (24 February)

Guerrero: Reactivation of arrest-orders against members of CETEG; social organizations meet before the Inter-American Commission; Mexican State violating sentence, it is accused; homage to Comandante Ramiro (11 November 2010)

Guerrero: Briefs – Reactivation of arrest-orders against members of CETEG; social organizations meet before the Inter-American Commission; Mexican State violating sentence, it is accused; homage to Comandante Ramiro

November 10, 2010

During the final week of October were reactivated 40 arrest-orders against social leaders of the Guerrero teacher’s movement, and five of them were in fact detained.  In a 29 October press-release, the State Coordination of Educational Workers in Guerrero (CETEG), the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, the Revolutionary Popular Front, and the National Network of Citizens and Organizations for Democracy (RENACID) stressed that these events demonstrate the criminalization of social protest that Governor Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo has undertaken in place of listening and attending to the demands of civil society.  Furthermore, the press-release requested the cessation of arbitrary repression against members of social movements as well as respect for freedom of assembly.

CEMDA conference (@CENCOS)

On 28 October, in Mexico City, there was held before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) an audience in whcih social organizations denounced the violation on the part of the Mexican State of the right to consultation and participation in matters related to the public interest, in light of the construction of megaprojects such as for example the hydroelectric dam La Parota.  The Mexican Center for Environmental Law (CEMDA), the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), and Tlachinollan, among others, demonstrated that the authorities of different levels of government have violated the Constitution, especially article 2, which demands that the State implement and carry out consultation processes regarding legislative measures, development-programs, or the implementation of works or infrastructure on territory and natural resources belonging to indigenous communities.  They related that, with regard to the hydroelectric dam La Parota, it was not informed that 17,300 hectares would be flooded, that 25000 campesinos would be displaced, and that it would affect 75000 others who live downstream.  No one was consulted as to whether s/he would consent to being displaced.

In the case of Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo, indigenous Me’phaa women who were raped by soldiers in 2002, the lawyers Miguel Pulido Jiménez, director of the Center for Analysis and Investigation; Guadalupe Barrera, from the Center for Economic Investigation and Teaching A.C.; and Daphne Cuevas, from the Parliamentary Consortium and Equity A.C. denounced that the Mexican State is not observing the sentence handed down by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR).  In a 7 November press-conference, they denounced that, while the Mexican State first was incapable of guaranteeing the rights of the indigenous women, it later refused to recognize their condition as victims, and when the IACHR condemned it, it failed to make available the necessary resources for reparations.  Guadalupe Barrera and Daphne Cuevas stated that, while the federal government assures that it does not have money for compensation, it enjoys a large budget for the financing of publicity and image.

On 4 November in Chilpancingo, moreover, social organizations held a commemoration on the first anniversary of the death of Omar Guerrero Solís, also known as Commander Ramiro, member of the Revolutionary Army of Insurgent Peoples (ERPI), who was killed in the sierra of Coyuca de Catalán on 4 November of last year.  The Workshop of Communal Development (TADECO), the Guerrero Network of Civil Human-Rights Organizations  (Guerrero Network), the mining union of Taxco, and CETEG, among others, celebrated a mass in the church of San Mateo and later carried out an event in the zócalo.  Javier Monroy, member of TADECO, stressed that “Ramiro gave his life for his people, to give them a dignified life, and to build a better world.  For that reason he is a model to follow for the youth.”

For more information (in Spanish):

NGO criticizes harassment of professors (La Jornada, 29 October)

Guerrero, Mexico: Reactivation of arrest-orders against teachers and criminalization of protest (Kaos en la Red, 29 October)

Organizations expose violations of the right to consultation before the IACHR (CENCOS, 28 October)

IACHR sentence is ignored, it is accused (La Jornada, 8 November)

Organizations hold homage for Commander Ramiro, killed in 2009(La Jornada, 4 November)