OPIM members @La Jornada
On 7 July, Rafael Rodríguez Dircio, member of the Organization of the Me’phaa Indigenous People (OPIM), was released, having been detained and incarcerated on 29 June on the charge of homicide of Alejandro Feliciano García. On these same charges had been detained five other members of OPIM on 17 April 2000. One of these persons was Raúl Hernández Abundio, a prisoner of conscience as recognized by Amnesty International who spent more than two years in jail on this charge, with the four others having been released previously. Inocencio Orduño Magallón, judge in the case, resolved in favor of Rafael Rodríguez’s release in light of lack of evidence.
The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights reminds us that there exist four other arrest-orders against OPIM members for this same crime. “It is for this reason that we request the Guerrero State Attorney General’s Office to suspend these arrest-orders, given that with the release of Rafael Rodríguez Dircio, it has once again been demonstrated that the accusations and the legal process against these indigenous defenders are derived by fabricated evidence against those who demand the realization of their human rights and who organize toward that end.”
In other news, on 20 July, units of the Armed Navy of Mexico invaded the community of La Morena, municipality of Petatlán. They detained for two hours state police who had been monitoring the community as well as residents of the community, denounces Elvia Torres Cruz, sister to Javier Torres, a campesino who was murdered in April. The justification for the operation was that the unit had on the previous Sunday (17 July) left one of its vehicles in the community. On that day there was had a confrontation in the community between units of the Armed Navy and of the state police. One marine and one police-officer died. On 18 April of this year Javier Torres was murdered by a uniformed group carrying high-caliber weapons, presumably operatives linked to organized crime. His family has received protectionary measures and since that time the community of La Morena has been protected by the state police.
In an interview, Javier Monroy, coordinator of the Workshop for communal development (TADECO), said that leaders of organizations that comprise the Front of the Popular Masses of the State of Guerrero met with the Minister of Justice, Alberto López Rosas, and demanded that the clarify the acts and prioritize the investigation of the murder of Javier Torres. In this vein, he indicated that TADECO has requested support for construction materials and other goods for La Morena, given the events of 17 July.
For more information (in Spanish):
La justicia que esperamos (boletín de Tlachinollan)
Declara el juez la inocencia del indígena Rafael Rodríguez Dircio y sale libre (El Sur de Acapulco, 16 July)
Pide la OPIM al gobierno mecanismos para que otros acusados no pisen la cárcel (El Sur de Acapulco, 17 July)
Libre Rafael Rodríguez, defensor del pueblo indígena me’phaa(Indymedia, 7 July)
Indígena de la OPIM libre (La Jornada, 6 July)
Liberan a integrante de la OPIM; no hubo pruebas (La Jornada, 6 July)
Irrumpen marinos en La Morena; retienen a policías y habitantes (La Jornada, 21 July)
Oficial: un marino y un policía estatal murieron en el choque en La Morena (El Sur de Acapulco, 21 July)
¨No tengo confirmado¨ que hayan sido efectivos de la Marina los que atacaron a policías del estado: Aguirre (El Sur de Acapulco, 22 July)
Huyen familias de la sierra de Petatlán por amenazas y asesinatos (El Sur de Acapulco, 22 July)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: Lucio Cabañas’ widow and her sister are murdered (17 July)
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: Torres reappears with signs of torture (29 December 2008)