Guerrero: 4 years since the forcible disappearance of ecologist peasants from the Costa Grande

December 26, 2015

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Photo @EDUCA Oaxaca

On 7 December, four years passed since the forcible disappearance of the leaders of the Organization of Ecologist Peasants from Sierra of Petatlán and Coyuca de Catalán, Eva Alarcón Ortiz and Marcial Bautista Valle. The daughter of Eva, Coral Rojas Alarcón, said, “I am convinced that they have been killed, but they deserve a burial. I want to find my mother and Marcial.” Marcial Bautista and Eva Alarcón were forcibly disappeared on 7 December 2011 in the Grand Coast of Guerrero by a group of armed men that according to eyewitnesses were being protected by the Army and agents from the ministerial police. The activists had dedicated themselves to the management, conservation, and sustainable use of the forests. The defense of the forests led them to denounce abuses committed by the Army and the illegal work in which police had been involved.

Since the disappearance of her mother, Coral has sought justice and become a human-rights defender, collaborating with the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the federal police (PF) to seek out clandestine graves and to identify victims. She reported that they had found bodies in Michoacán and Guerrero, “and I believe that each identified person is a triumph.” She shared that the judicial process in the case of Eva and Marcial continues, with the last “declaration saying that they were killed. This is the only line of investigation from the PGR.” She refers to the declarations made by a hitman who was arrested by the Army in February 2012 in Tecpan de Galeana, who supposedly confessed to his participation in the forcible disappearance of the social activists. According to unofficial information obtained in recent days, the hitman José Jhonny López Galván, “El Güero,” had made these statements to the federal public ministry and had driven the soldiers to the site where the burned remains of the community leaders were found. According to preliminary investigation, these remains did not belong to Eva or Marcial, and to date, “there is no scientific evidence showing they have been killed.”

For more information (in Spanish):

“Autoridades apuestan al olvido” en desaparición de campesinos activistas ¨(La Jornada, 3 de agosto de 2013)

La única línea en el caso de los dirigentes ecologistas, desaparecidos hace 4 años, es que los mataron (Sur Acapulco, 3 de diciembre de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: two nephews of ecological leadership are murdered (16 November 2012)

Guerrero: Urgent Action for disappeared ecologists (8 February 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologists are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: violence in the Sierra de Petalán (17 October 2011)

Guerrero: Lucio Cabañas’ widow and her sister are murdered (17 July 2011)

Guerrero: Second murder of ecologists in the Sierra de Petatlán (9 June 2011)

Guerrero: The ecologist campesino Javier Torres Cruz is murdered (6 May 2011)


Guerrero: Accusation toward state-government of promoting divisions among the displaced

February 7, 2013

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Photo @La Jornada

On 4 February, women from the La Laguna and Hacienda de Dolores communities who on 30 November fled violence in the Puerto de Las Ollas community (Coyuca de Catalan community, Costa Grande region), assured that the administration led by governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero has divided their community by providing money to a group of the affected.  Some of the women affected by the violence have denounced that some of the people are given everything they ask for, while other families have their aid cut off because of their having relations with non-governmental organizations like the Guerrero Network of Civil Human-Rights Organizations (Redgro).

In a press-conference at the Redgro office, those displaced demanded justice from the state government for their murdered families, and that they at least be provided basic goods, material to build houses in Puerto de Las Ollas, and protection amidst the death-threats made by loggers and paramilitaries in Los Ciruelos, Coyuca de Catalán. The displaced rejected that Bertoldo Martínez Cruz, director of the Front of Organizations in Guerrero State, and Manuel Olivares, technical secretary of Redgro, are making money off the case, as was claimed last week by some sources.

For more information (in Spanish):

Acusan al gobierno de Guerrero de dividir a desplazados (La Jornada de Guerrero, 5 de febrero de 2013)

Divide el gobierno del estado con dinero a los desplazados La Laguna, denuncian mujeres (El Sur de Acapulco, 5 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: new displacement of families from La Laguna to Puerto de las Ollas (7 December 2012)

Guerrero: two nephews of ecological leadership are murdered (16 November 2012)

Guerrero: Urgent Action for disappeared ecologists (8 February 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologists are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: violence in the Sierra de Petalán (17 October 2011)

Guerrero: Lucio Cabañas’ widow and her sister are murdered (17 July 2011)

Guerrero: Second murder of ecologists in the Sierra de Petatlán (9 June 2011)

Guerrero: The ecologist campesino Javier Torres Cruz is murdered (6 May 2011)

Guerrero – briefs:  Concern for the safety of the inhabitants of La Morena (28 December 2010)


Guerrero – briefs: Another murder of ecologist in Costa Grande; violence increases in Acapulco; march from Guerrero to Mexico City to demand a single price from CFE

September 22, 2011

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On 3 September was murdered in the community El Pescado, municipality of Coyuca de Catalán the campesino Enrique Rodríguez Santana, defender of the forests of the zone of Tierra Caliente and brother of Rubén Santana Alonso, director of the Campesino Ecologist Organization of the Sierra de Petatlán and Coyuca de Catalán, who died on 15 February.  Relatives of Rodríguez Santana explained that some 15 armed men invaded the community of El Pescado, reached the home of Enrique Rodríguez, dragged him out, and executed him in front of his relatives.  They added that caciques of the region and presumed loggers led the armed group.

In other news, the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) reported that in the first eight months of the year there have been registered 1831 homicides in Guerrero, of which 520 occurred just in August, which makes that the most violent month of the year in the state.  Of the total homicides reported in the month of August, 142 were committed in Acapulco, touristic port-city where criminal gangs maintain a conflict over the plaza.  In a press-conference, the procurator Alberto López Rosas assured that the August capture of a cell of 16 men linked to the “Comando del Diablo,” armed wing of the “La Barredora” group, was reflected in a decline in crimes in regions adjacent to Acapulco.

Separately, on 7 September, members of the Union of Peoples and Social Organizations of the State of Guerrero left from Chilpancingo to Mexico city to demand that the Congress of the Union define a single price for the service of the Federal Commission on Electricity (CFE).  As one of the members of the movement mentions, “we now communicate ourselves with the authorities and we request that they create a fund with resources from CFE, the Secretary of Housing, the Commission on Indigenous Affairs, and the government of Guerrero so as to decrease the prices.”  He said that this would show to the CFE that “it is committing abuses.  One user received a bill of 800,000 pesos, which is truly inconceivable.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Ejecutan a ecologista en Guerrero (La Jornada, 5 September)

Agosto, el mes más violento en Guerrero con 520 muertos (Proceso, 1 September)

Acapulco: ¿el nuevo Ciudad Juarez? (Sin Embargo, 16 August)

Marchan de Guerrero al DF para demandar tarifa única de la CFE(La Jornada, 8 September)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Lucio Cabañas’ widow and her sister are murdered (17 July)

Guerrero: Second murder of ecologists in the Sierra de Petatlán (9 June)

Guerrero: The ecologist campesino Javier Torres Cruz is murdered (6 May 2011)

Guerrero – briefs:  Concern for the safety of the inhabitants of La Morena (28 December 2010)


Guerrero: Army Harasses Puerto de las Ollas Six Times in Six Months

December 26, 2009

[Military incursion, June 2009. ©Tlachinollan]

“Yet again the community of El Puerto de las Ollas has been the victim of military incursions and human rights violation,” denounced the Community Development Workshop (Taller de Desarrollo Comunitario AC). In the early morning hours of Dec. 17, 2009, a military command entered the community of Puerto de las Ollas found in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalán, where they kidnapped and tortured Javier Tapia to make him respond to interrogation. In addition, the soldiers appropriated food stuffs and personal belongings of the community and upon leaving, they threatened to return. According to the same denunciation, “this event is part of an intense military mobilization in the region, with commandos in military vehicles and the circling of aircraft [planes and helicopters].”

“This is the sixth incursion suffered by this community so far this year. The first occurred between Jun. 9 and 13 in which the military, with the complicity of paramilitary forces identified as residents of the community of San Isidro, took possession of and looted houses with in the community, beat the women and children and forced them to sleep outside during the period in which they remained in the community. They eventually left before the arrival of a Civil Observation Mission that was made up of journalists, representatives of civil organizations and the Coddehum (Human Rights Defense Commission of the State of Guerrero). As of that first instance, the incursions have continued with acts of intimidation, looting, insults and death threats (…)”

Read the Complete Denunciation (in Spanish):

Nueva incursión del ejército mexicano en la Comunidad del Puerto de Las Ollas y Las Palancas, en Coyuca de Catalán, Guerrero (denuncia del Taller de Desarrollo Comunitario AC, en Enlace Zapatista, 17/12/09)

For More Information in Spanish:

Nuevas incursiones militares en Puerto las Ollas y Chilpancingo (artículo de La Jornada Guerrero, 18/12/09)

Personas y derechos pisoteados (9/12/09, Pronunciamiento de varios organismos de defensa de los derechos humanos, página web del Centro de Derechos de La Montaña Tlachinollan)

For More Information From SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Reports of military torture and harassment of three communities in the region of Cuyuca de Catalan (SIPAZ, 21/07/09)