Guerrero: Several injured after attack on communal police of CECOP near Acapulco

April 23, 2014

Marco Suástegui Muñoz, Cecop (@libertadguerrero.net)

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 announces creation of Communal Police in Cacahuatepec communities (22 January 2014)

Guerrero: Sympathizers of the La Parota dam injure two CECOP members with machetes (12 November 2013)

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

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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)