Oaxaca: Attack on MULT founder in Oaxaca de Juárez

August 27, 2012

Juan Domingo Pérez Castillo @ Educa

Juan Domingo Pérez Castillo @ Educa

On 21 August, Juan Domingo Pérez Castillo, founder of the Movement for Triqui Unity and Struggle (MULT) was attacked with firearms by an unknown subject in downtown Oaxaca de Juárez.  In accordance with journalistic reports, the assault took place at 9am outside the Heriberto Pazos Ortiz House of Culture of the Triqui nation, while Pérez Castillo was en route to the Sánchez Pascua market.  The victim was attended to by the Red Cross and transferred to a hostel in the Oaxacan capital.  These same media report that his health status is in question.  They also reported that MULT members carried out a march from the clinic to the Zócalo of the city, where they installed a sit-in to demand the arrest and punishment of those responsible.  Emelia Ortiz García, political niece of the victim, did not deny that the aggression may have originated from organizations opposed to MULT.  Meanwhile, the Defense Organization for Human Rights of the Oaxacan People authorized precautionary measures in favor of Juan Domingo Pérez and 12 of his relatives, by means of which the state police has been instructed to provide them with the necessary security measures to protect life and integrity.

For more information (in Spanish):

La Jornada: Atentan contra el fundador del MULT en el centro de Oaxaca (22/08/2012)

Milenio: Atentan contra líder triqui en Oaxaca; su estado de salud es delicado (21/08/2012)

Noticias Oaxaca: Defensoría del Pueblo de Oaxaca emite medida cautelar a favor de líder del MULT agredido y familiares (22/08/2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Triquis return to sit-in (9 February 2012)

Oaxaca: Triquis return to their communities after 16 months of sit-in (8 February 2012)

Oaxaca: justice demanded for San Juan Copala (14 December 2011)

Oaxaca: Heriberto Pazos Ortiz, leader and founder of MULT, is killed (26 October 2010)


Oaxaca: New wave of violence in the Triqui region

August 18, 2011


On 5 August, three Triqui indigenous members of the Movement for Triqui Unification and Struggle-Independent (MULT-I) were ambushed and murdered by gunshots at the crossroads that lead to the communities of Agua Fri and San Pedro Chayuco.  MULT’-I attributed the triple homicide to the Movement for Triqui Unification and Struggle (MULT) and the Union for Social Welfare in the Triqui Region (Ubisort), which are respectively linked to the Popular Unity Party (a state party) and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).  MULT, MULTI, and Ubisort have had disputes over control of the area, leaving at least 500 dead within the past three decades.

The corpses of Álvaro Jacinto Cruz, Francisco Ramírez Merino, and José Luis Ramírez, from Agua Fría Copala, were taken to the Palace of Government of Oaxaca to protest the violence that grips the region.  Reina Martínez Flores, leader of the dipslaced Triquis who find themselves at a sit-in at the Palace, requested that Governor Gabino Cué punish the murderers of the three Triquis and that he stop the violence so that the displaced can return to their community.  She asked, “How many more brothers should die so that the government acts?”

At the end of the protest, once the protestors had taken the bodies to a truck so as to leave to bury them in their place of origin, there occurred an altercation with state police who attempted to close the area so that health personnel sanitize it.  Reina Martínez Flores denounced that before the police intervention state functionaries had already threatened to remove them, arguing that the corpses could propagate some sort of disease.  The secretary of Public Security, Marco Tulio López Escamilla, rejected the idea that there was an attempt to exacerbate the pain suffered by MULT-I, insisting instead that the Health Secretary personnel had concluded that the state of the dead was a bad one, and that others took advantage of this situation so as to generate confrontation.

For more information (in Spanish):

Triquis llevan a sus muertos al palacio de gobierno de Oaxaca (La Jornada, 8 August)

UBISORT se deslinda de asesinatos en Agua Fría (NSS Oaxaca, 8 August)

Gabino Cué manda a golpear a las mujeres desplazadas de San Juan Copala (Comunicado del Municipio Autónomo de San Juan Copala, 8 August)

Se deslinda MULT de balacera en Copala (NSS, Oaxaca, 7 August)

Triquis velan a sus muertos en Palacio de Gobierno (El Universal, 7 August)

Comunicado del Municipio Autónomo de San Juan Copala sobre la masacre del MULT-PUP en Agua Fría Copala (6 August)

Asesinan a tres indígenas Triquis en Oaxaca (El Universal, 5 August)

Comando ataca a indígenas triquis; mueren tres (Proceso, 5 August)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Heriberto Pazos Ortiz, leader and founder of MULT, is killed (26 October)

Oaxaca: the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala is dismantled (30 September 2010)

Oaxaca: new ambush in Triqui region against individuals who had been granted precautionary measures by the IACHR (20 October)

Oaxaca: threat of massacre in San Juan Copala is denounced

September 20, 2010

During the morning of 13 September, a group of 500 heavily armed men occupied the municipal palace of San Juan Copalá, where they presented an ultimatum that demanded the eviction of 100 families within 24 hours.  As has been denounced by the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copalá: “A group of 500 armed men entered the vicinity of San Juan Copala, took the municipal palace, and opened fire, resulting in the injury of María Rosa Francisca, 35 years of age.  Now it has become known that more than 100 families who continue to live there must be evicted by the community, for if they aren’t, they will be killed.”

On 16 September, 24 civil organizations from Finland sent a petition to the president of Mexico, the judiciary, and the Senate requesting that the respect for human rights be guaranteed in San Juan Copala, and that the paramilitary siege maintained in the region be ended.

For more information (in Spanish):

Urgent call to detain the genocide against the Triqui people of San Juan Copala (communiqué of the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copalá, 13 September 2010)

Paramilitary encirclement of the Oaxacan municipality of San Juan Copala is denounced (La Jornada, 16 September 2010)

MULT and UBISORT threaten to massacre all the residents of the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copalá (communiqué of the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala, 15 September 2010)

“The killings in San Juan Copala uphold a dictatorial situation” (Press release/Los Amigos de Jyri Jaakkola,16 September 2010)

For an end to the massacre in San Juan Copala (Press release of the AGRARIAN INDIGENOUS MOVEMENT ZAPATISTA-MAIZ, from the MEXICAN ALLIANCE FOR THE SELF-DETERMINATION OF PEOPLES [AMAP] and UCIZONI, 16 September)

3 women said to be injured in Copala (E-Consulta Oaxaca, 17 September)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Distrito Federal: visiting Mexico, the parents of Jyri Jaakkola demand justice for the case of their son and that of Bety Cariño (6 September 2010)

Oaxaca: new ambush in Triqui region leaves 3 dead and 2 injured (1 September 2010)