Guerrero: The Navy has tried to arrest him, denounces brother of CECOP spokesperson

December 30, 2014

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Vicente Suástegui Muñoz, brother of spokesperson of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), who has been imprisoned since June, publicly denounced that on 13 December, marines attempted to arrest him outside his home in Ciudad Renacimiento.  He asserted that his relatives began to record what was happening, so that the marines would suspend their operation of detaining him and transferring him to an official vehicle. Vicente Suástegui held the Navy responsible for anything that could happen to him or his family.

He reported these acts during a press-conference that was held in the community of La Concepción, during which members of the Guerrero Popular Movement and the State Coordination of Educational Workers of Guerrero (CETEG) expressed their support for CECOP:  “those members of MPG and CETEG here present would like to manifest our concern for the exacerbation of the policies of harassment and repression against CECOP which nobly defend its territory against the bad government.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Intentaron detenerlo marinos, denuncia el hermano del vocero de los opositores a la presa La Parota (El Sur de Acapulco, 15 de diciembre de 2014)

 Liberar a Suástegui y a comuneros detenidos, exigen MPG y CETEG a los gobiernos federal y estatal (El Sur de Acapulco,

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Attack on CECOP members leaves 5 dead (6 December 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of María de la Cruz Dorantes, CECOP member (25 October 2014)

Guerrero: demand for release of political prisoners in observance of the eleventh anniversary of CECOP (2 September 2014)

Guerrero: soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Commmunity after a Cecop assembly in which the case of Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui was reported on (29 August 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam (23 June 2014)

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Guerrero: Attack on CECOP members leaves 5 dead

December 6, 2014

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Photo @SIPAZ (archive from 2011)

On Saturday 15 November, members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) were attacked by armed men.  The assault left five dead and seven women injured in the community of La Concepción.  The communards called this “a planned act” and stressed that they would defend their lands.  “This is a demonstration of how we are prepared to die for our land,” said one of the CECOP leaders at the wake for Celerino García Hernández in La Concepción, who died after being shot by construction workers and neighbors close to the extraction company Kimbar.  The confrontation took place in front of the justice house of the communal police which has been appropriated by opponents to La Parota in the community, resulting in the death of one CECOP member.  The attackers, from La Concepción and Aguacaliente, also lost three to the attack.

One of the CECOP members indicated that the attack was planned with anticipation, for it included four trucks, two of which were stationed just behind the attackers, so as to protect their rear.  This CECOP member emphasized that the church bell was dismantled, such that when communal police and women were to the temple to organize the people, who on that day were celebrating the patron-saint of La Concepción, “the ball was missing, and it could not make sound.”  They later found the ball in the white truck wherein one of the attackers died, the member explained.  According to State Attorney General’s Office of Guerrero, the Special Prosecutorial Office of the State (FGE) began its investigations into the confrontation that very same day, 15 November.

For more information (in Spanish):

Fue un acto planeado, el ataque a los del Cecop, afirman campesinos (La Jornada de Guerrero, 17 de noviembre de 2014)

Inicia Fiscalía General investigación en torno al homicidio de 3 comuneros de Cacahuatepec (Portal Oficial del Gobierno del Estado de Guerrero, 15 de noviembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Arrest of María de la Cruz Dorantes, CECOP member (25 October 2014)

Guerrero: demand for release of political prisoners in observance of the eleventh anniversary of CECOP (2 September 2014)

Guerrero: soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Commmunity after a Cecop assembly in which the case of Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui was reported on(August 29, 2014)

Guerrero: 14 organizations march in favor of release of CECOP’s Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz (July 20, 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam (June 23, 2014)