Guerrero: denunciations of military harassment

August 20, 2013

@Comité Cerezo

On 2 August, the Collective against Torture and Impunity (CCTI) reported that Julián Blanco, one of the leaders of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), was harassed for the sixth time by soldiers who seek clarification regarding his supposed use of firearms that are for the exclusive use of the Army.  Blanco denounced that on 31 July, soldiers newly invaded the Los Huajes community, installing themselves at the home of Blanco Cisneros.

Beyond this, communal police in the El Paraíso house of justice, Ayutla de Los Libres municipality, blockaded highways in Tixtla, Olinalá, Atlixtac, and Huamuxtitlán to reject the structural reforms proposed by the Pact for Mexico and to support the coastal communities (like the CECOP) in their struggle against harassment by the military.  They affirmed that their principal demand for the state government was for it to put an end to the harassment exercised by state, federal, and municipal police, as well as that by the Army and Navy.

For more information (in Spanish):

Bloquea la Crac en 5 municipios (La Jornada de Guerrero, 7 de agosto de 2013)

Farsa, la guerra al narco: CRAC (La Jornada, 6 de agosto de 2013)

Alerta el CCTI sobre el hostigamiento del Ejército contra el cecopista Julián Blanco (La Jornada de Guerrero, 3 de agosto de 2013)

Retoma el Estado la militarización para controlar la inconformidad: Tlachinollan (La Jornada, 21 de julio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre Rivero will not support construction of La Parota (27 August 2012)

Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project (20 July 2012)

Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam (3 April 2012)

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Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army

March 5, 2013

(@Boca de Polen)

During the night of 21 February, in the community of Los Huajes, the residence of Joel Blanco Sánchez, son of Julián Blanco, a leader of the opposition to the La Parota dam (which has been proposed since 2003), was forcibly searched by soldiers.  For this reason, members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), called for an assembly and announced a red alert due to the invasion of the Army in the area of the communal lands of Cacahuatepec (close to Acapulco).

Marco Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for CECOP, warned that if the Army maintained its presence in the area, CECOP would reactivate the five checkpoints it had installed at the beginning of its movement.  he stressed that the federal government had budgeted 500 million pesos for the reactivation of the La Parota dam, declaring that it is not an accident that there be abuses carried out by soldiers int he area, given that there is a clear interest to follow through with the dam project.

Suástegui Muñoz reported that on 7 February, CECOP called on governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero to observe the Cacahuatepec Accords, signed in August 2012, and he promised that campesinos will continue struggling until the dam project be cancelled indefinitely.

For more information (in Spanish):

Opositores a La Parota, en alerta por incursión militar (La Jornada, 25 de febrero de 2013)

Se declara Cecop en alerta roja por la irrupción de militares en Los Huajes (La Jornada de Guerrero, 25 de febrero de 2013)

Denuncia integrante del Cecop que soldados irrumpieron en su casa (El Sur de Acapulco, 22 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre Rivero will not support construction of La Parota (27 August 2012)

Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project (20 July 2012)

Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam (3 April 2012)

Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)

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

Guerrero: CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project (27 November 2011)