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On 12 October, members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) denounced that two of their comrades had been attacked by machete-wielding sympathizers of the hydroelectric project which the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) seeks to build on the Papagayo River in the rural region of Acapulco. Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for CECOP, attributed the attack to the division of the community which has been “provoked” by the CFE in this region for more than 10 years, when it began with its attempts to erect a hydroelectric dam on the Papagayo River.
During a ceremony for the Day of the Raza, as organized by the Union of Indigenous Located in Acapulco (UIRA) in the esplanade of City Hall, the CECOP spokesperson noted that the attack had taken place on 11 October at 9am at the home of both CECOP members in the Huamuchitos community. Some days later, Suástegui Muñoz spoke to the health status of the victims, explaining that Rodrigo León Jacinto had improved and could communicate, while Isidro Saligán Guadalupe’s recovery is going more slowly, and it is hoped that he not lose his right eye.
For more information (in Spanish):
Simpatizantes de La Parota hieren a machetazos a dos miembros del Cecop (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de octubre de 2013)
Omite el MP tomar declaración a los heridos del Cecop, acusan (La Jornada de Guerrero, 15 de octubre de 2013)
La Parota, agreden a machetazos a dos opositores de proyecto hidroeléctrico (Asamblea Nacional de Afectados Ambientales, 12 de octubre de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)