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):
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: 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)