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

December 18, 2013

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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)

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Guerrero: The Communal Police joins the fight for the defense of education

April 15, 2013

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On 8 April, members of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) from the Tixtla municipality entered Chilpancingo following a march from their communities, to demand the release of the second commander of El Troncón, Nahum Santos Bartolo. The protestors included 41 communal police from Acatempa, Tecocintla, Zacazonapa, and El Troncón, which are communities that have recently joined the CRAC; they answer to the House of Justice in El Paraíso, which pertains to Ayutla.  The reason for this protest was to call for the return of the second in command.  Once he was freed, the CRAC joined another cause: the demand for the liberation of the teacher from Chilapa, Mario Durán Torres, who was arrested by federal police during the operation to displace the occupation of the Sol highway on 5 April.  Torres has been accused of assaulting 8 federal police officers.  In downtown Chilpancingo, the communal police marched alongside teachers.In assembly on 6 April, the CRAC decided to join the demands of the teachers in Guerrero to demand free education.  In a bulletin, they mention that “Our communal institution makes its demands with the teachers of Guerrero who are mobilizing themselves […].  The deputies should take into account teachers’ proposals for inclusion within the law on education in Guerrero, given that it is precisely the teachers who know about education.”

For more information (in Spanish):

POSICIONAMIENTO SOBRE EL MOVIMIENTO (CRAC, 6 de abril de 2013)

Policías comunitarios marchan armados de Tixtla a Chilpancingo (La Jornada de Guerrero, 9 de abril de 2013)

La Toma de Chilpancingo (la Jornada de Guerrero, 9 de abril de 2013)

Policías comunitarios armados llegan a Chilpancingo; logran la libertad de su comandante (El Sur de Acapulco, 9 de abril de 2013)

Se une la Policía Comunitaria a la defensa de la educación, sin armas (Desinformémonos, 8 de abril de 2013)