Guerrero: Release of the CECOP spokesperson, Marco Antonio Suastegui

September 11, 2015

Marco Antonio Suástegui (Tlachinollan, archivo)Marco Antonio Suástegui (Tlachinollan)

On 21 August, the spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, was released after having been incarcerated for fourteen months. He had been arrested on 17 June 2014 on the charge of having participated together with eight other opponents to the La Parota dam project in a shootout and attempted murder.

The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, which provides him counsel, reiterated in this sense that “the case of Marco Antonio Suástegui is a clear example of how the ministerial power strives to fabricate charges and act swiftly to criminalize him. This they have done also with Nestora Salgado, Gonzalo Molina, Arturo Campos, and the communal police of Ayutla.”

On various occasions after his release, Marco Antonio Suástegui expressed his gratitude for the support he received, even though “justice is still pending.” He also affirmed that the struggle against the La Parota dam will continue, and he pronounced himself before the media in favor of the release of all political prisoners: “We will struggle for Nestora, Gonzalo, Arturo, and all those communal guardians who are unjustly imprisoned. I believe that CECOP has three objectives at this time. The first is the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam, the second to request release of political prisoners, and the third to promote development in our communities.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Sale de la cárcel Marco Antonio Suástegui; la lucha sigue, declara el líder del Cecop (El Sur de Acapulco, 22 de agosto)

Demanda Suástegui Muñoz liberar a los presos políticos (La Jornada de Guerrero, 22 de agosto de 2015)

Lo reciben en Salsipuedes con lágrimas, aplausos y consignas por la continuación de la lucha contra la presa (El Sur, 22 de agosto de 2015)

La apuesta por la justicia (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña, Tlachinollan, 24 de prestezaagosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Marco Antonio Suastegui, opponent to the La Parota dam, is ordered to return to a Guerrero prison (8 February 2015)

Guerrero: The Navy has tried to arrest him, denounces brother of CECOP spokesperson (30 December 2014)

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

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


Guerrero: One year since the arrest of the CECOP leader, Marco Antonio Suastégui

June 29, 2015

Photo @Pueblo Guerrero

Members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) protested on 17 June at the offices of the Judiciary in Acapulco, where they demanded that authorities from the three levels of government immediately release their leader Marco Antonio Suástegui, alleging his innocence, with this being the reason they will not rest until he is free. Marco Antonio Suástegui, who has been imprisoned for a year, founded the Communal Police in the Common Lands of Cacahuatepec, and for years he opposed the La Parota hydroelectric dam project. Upon the completion of a year since the arrest of the CECOP leader, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights urged the Superior Tribunal for State Justice, based in Acapulco, to resolve the three appeals that have been presented against the prison sentence. The organization denounced that the Tribunal “has delayed its decisions on the appeals for no reason, thus prolonging the process.” It also said that the motions against imprisonment demonstrated violations to due process, including the fact that, at the time that Suastégui declared himself, he was not allowed to have an attorney present.

For more information (in Spanish):

Protestan integrantes de la CECOP; piden la libertad de Marco Antonio Suástegui (Bajo Palabra, 17 de junio de 2015)

Ha dilatado las decisiones sobre los recursos de apelación en el caso de Marco Antonio Suástegui sin fundamento alguno, retrasando el proceso, acusó Tlachinollan (Pueblo Guerrero, 18 de junio de 2015)

CECOP protesta en el poder Judicial en Acapulco (Pueblo Guerrero, 17 de junio de 2015)

Video Libertad para Marco Antonio Suastégui (Tlachinollan)

Caso la Parota (Tlachinollan)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: return of CECOP spokesperson to Guerrero prison (23 April 2015)

Guerrero: The Navy has tried to arrest him, denounces brother of CECOP spokesperson (30 December 2014)

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


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)


Guerrero: Arrest of María de la Cruz Dorantes, CECOP member

October 25, 2014

La Parota, Guerrero (@Desinformemonos)

La Parota, Guerrero (@Desinformemonos)

On 6 October, María de la Cruz Dorantes Zamora, member of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), was arrested on the charge of qualified robbery following the denunciation submitted by Humberto Marín Molina, owner of the gravel-company Kimbar.  Marín Molina alleges that he lost 6 million pesos because of Dorantes Zamora, who was arrested while returning from chemotherapy for the cancer she has.  She denies the accusations against her and assures that she was visiting different communities on the days during which the robbery is supposed to have taken place.

The charge of qualified robbery is also one of the five charges presented against CECOP spokesperson Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, who was arrested in June and is currently being held in Tepic federal prison in Nayarit state.

For more information (in Spanish):

El día del robo hacía recorridos en poblados, declara al juez la opositora a La Parota detenida (El Sur de Acapulco, 11 de octubre de 2014)

Se reserva su derecho a declarar la opositora a La Parota detenida por robo (El Sur de Acapulco, 9 de octubre de 2014)

Guerrero: aprehenden a defensora del territorio enferma de cáncer(Desinformémonos, 9 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)


Guerrero: A year after Nestora Salgado’s arrest, organizations demand her immediate release

September 2, 2014

Foto (@SIPAZ)Photo (@SIPAZ)

A year ago, on 21 August 2013, Nestora Salgado García, member of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC-PC) in Olinalá, Guerrero, was arrested and accused of aggravated kidnapping and organized crime. She was then transferred to the maximum-security prison in Tepic, Nayarit, where she has been held to this day. From prison, she has written, “Remember, my beautiful people, that I am imprisoned.” The last time that her daughter Saira Rodríguez Salgado visited her was on 2 August, when she reported that she found her mother desperate due to the inhumane treatments she received. Saira Rodríguez reported that “this is a punishment against my mother for fighting for her people.”

On the occasion of the first anniversary of her arrest, the National Network of Defenders of Human Rights in Mexico (RNDDHM) published a communique to demand her transfer to a jail in Mexico City as well as adequate attention to her health, in addition to demanding the “immediate and unconditional release of the human-rights defender.” The RNDDHM declared that “we call on the authorities of the federal government and the Guerrero state government to provide security guarantees for human-rights defenders, and we demand the cessation of the impunity of murders and forced disappearances of rights-defenders. We have had quite enough of the criminalization of human-rights defenders and of the social movement in Guerrero.”

The Committee of Women #NestoraLibre initiated the campaign “We are all Nestora,” toward the end of expressing solidarity toward her. In this way, both organizations demanded the release of other political prisoners: 9 members of the CRAC-PC and Marco Antonio Suástegui, spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP). These arrests, according to the RNDDHM, “evince the political character of penal persecution and the illegal use of federal prisons, using the complicity of the federal government, from which no human-rights defender in Guerrero is exempt.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Me quieren matar o enloquecer, acusa Nestora Salgado; cumple un año en prisión (La Jornada, 21 de agosto de 2014)

Comunicado de prensa: RNDDHM exige libertad inmediata de Nestora Salgado (RNDDHM, 21 de agosto de 2014)

Mujeres crean frente por la libertad de presos políticos (Cimacnoticias, 20 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero/National: Emergence of Committee of Women for the Liberty of Nestora Salgado (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: 14 organizations march in favor of release of CECOP’s Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz (20 July 2014)

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

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC en Olinalá (13 September 2013)


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
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(@SIPAZ)

On August 3, soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Community, where the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota Dam (Cecop) had just finished their weekly meeting. The soldiers on board of four vehicles claimed that they were patrolling the area. They were intercepted while trying to pass the camp that the community keep there, and then threw out with machetes and sticks.

On the other hand, during the Assembly, the lawyer of the Center for Human Rights Tlachinollan, Vidulfo Rosales, said that he will file a petition for annulment in the Land Court against the complaint for dispossession presented by the entrepreneur Humberto Marín against the Cecop spokesman, Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui. The latter has been detained since mid-June and is currently imprisoned in Nayarit. Vidulfo Rosales said that the hearing on constitutional protection due to his transfer to the prison in Tepic, will be held on August 13. It might establish his mandatory transfer back to Guerrero.

The lawyer explained that after that, it will take an intensive campaign for the final release of the commoner: “First we want his transfer, and then his return.” Sierra Rosales asked the villagers to avoid actions that put them at risk of arrest or might generate greater conflict, as this would prevent the release of Suástegui.

For more information (in Spanish):

Corren comuneros a marinos y soldados que pretendían patrullar pueblo de Cacahuatepec (El Sur de Acapulco, 4 de agosto de 2014)

Irrumpen soldados y policías en La Concepción tras asamblea del Cecop (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de agosto de 2014)

Abogado: la próxima semana llegará el expediente del caso contra Suástegui (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)

Guerrero: the State Government pressures to build the La Parota dam (June 12, 2014)


National: Social organizations carry out “Disjointed National Mobilization” to demand release of political prisoners

July 14, 2014

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Photo (@EDUCA)

On 8 July, members of 38 social organizations organized a “Disjointed National Mobilization” involving roadblocks and protests in Mexico City, Yucatán, Chiapas, Veracruz, Puebla, Oaxaca, Morelos, and Chihuahua. The mobilization was organized to demand the release of Juan Carlos Flores Solís, Enedina Rosas Vélez, and Abraham Cordero Calderón, who have been imprisoned in Puebla state since April of this year for their opposition to the Comprehensive Morelos Project (PIM).

PIM, which is overseen by the Federal Electricity Commission, seeks to build two geothermal plants as well as an aqueduct and a gas pipeline to supply these plants; the additional infrastructure would cross the states of Morelos, Puebla, and Tlaxcala.  The construction works are being conceded to transnational firms, both Spanish and Italian.

Also during the mobilization, organizations demanded the release of Marco Antonio Suastegui, spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), who was detained in the state of Nayarit on 17 June.  The member organizations note in a communique that “we cannot allow the bad governments to continue imprisoning members of our people so that the conquistadores of today who own the large transnational corporations have all the ability to continue looting us of our land, polluting our nature, threatening our life, destroying our culture, and violating our rights.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado Mobilización Dislocada Nacional 8 de julio 2014 (Alianza Única del Valle, 26 junio 2014)

Exigen liberación de activistas y cancelación de megaproyectos (EDUCA, 8 de julio de 2014)

Protestas en 8 estados por el Proyecto Integral Morelos (La Jornada, 8 de julio de 2014)

Campesinos de Ixtapa anuncian movilización (Reporte Ciudadano, 7 de julio de 2014)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: 13 días de ayuno y oración de Alejandro Díaz Santis para pedir por su liberación (8 de julio de 2014)

Guerrero: Organizaciones exigen la inmediata liberación del vocero del CECOP, Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz (27 de junio de 2014)

Guerrero: Operativo policial detiene a opositor de la presa de La Parota(17 de junio de 2014)


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