On 4 April, at least five persons were injured during an ambush by armed civilians acting in the interests of gravel companies against communal police associated with the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP): five communal police from Cacahuatepec, a unit that was founded just a month ago, in addition to two aggressors. Five in total were arrested for the acts.
On 6 April, in an assembly held in La Concepción, CECOP spokesperson Marco Suástegui Muñoz called on the State Attorney General’s Office to carry out a serious, formal, responsible, and profound investigation into the crimes. He noted to those present that opponents to the CECOP take note, because “war has now been declared.” He confirmed that the police unit would take out a loan to buy arms and ammunition so as to be prepared if another ambush happens. The communal police also voted to recover the lands occupied by the Kimbar gravel company on 9 April.
Rogelio Téliz Cruz, lawyer for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, said that he would be awaiting the investigation taken by the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE), noting that there is enough evidence to convict and imprison the five held in jail.
For more information (in Spanish):
Pide Suástegui a la PGJE pesquisa seria, formal, responsable y a fondo (la Jornada de Guererro, 7 de abril de 2014)
Luchar contra la adversidad en el río Papagayo (El Sur, 7 de abril de 2014)
Pedirá el Cecop un préstamo para armas para defenderse de los gravilleros, dice Suástegui (El Sur, 7 de abril de 2014)
Investiga la PGJE el ataque contra los comunitarios de Cacahuatepec en Parotillas ( El Sur, 6 de abril de 2014)
Grave tras ataque, policía comunitario del Cecop (La Jornada, 5 de abril de 2014)
Crisis de la CRAC-PC, por causas internas e influencia del Estado (La Jornada, 5 de abril de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: CRAC accepts 48 new communities from Acapulco (16 March 2014)
Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)