Mexico: National Network of Civil Resistance against High Electricity Prices denounces failures of Governance

March 20, 2013

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In a press-conference held on 5 March, members of the National Network of Civil Resistance against High Electricity Prices reported that the Secretary of Governance had failed to observe the agreements it came to on 7 February following a day of mobilizations taken by this Network at the national level.

The Network denounced that “Being close to the time in which the agreements of 6 March [are to be completed], we would like to denounce that on the part of the Secretary of Governance, we have not seen observance of the agreements; indeed, 14 February there have been increased in the number of cut-offs of electricity in different states of the country, and the penal demands have been reactivated against our comrades from the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land and Territory in Puebla-Tlaxcala-Morelos.  The gravest actions of harassment have been suffered by the comrade from Luz y Fuerza del Pueblo [in Chiapas]; not only have their court cases been reinitiated due to their having participated in the protests of 7 February, but also kidnapping and torture of the Secretary of the Constitutional City Hall of Palenque, Jaime Cruz Díaz, so that he provide information regarding comrade Onésimo Hidalgo Domínguez and other comrades from the Northern Region of the organization Luz y Fuerza del Pueblo.  We are concerned by these failures of observance on the part of the Secretary of Governance; it would seem that on the one hand, they recognize that there exists a social conflict, and on the other, they desire to resolve it by means of repression in place of dialogue.”

Regardless, on 6 March there were installed dialogue tables on High Electricity Prices in the federal Chamber of deputies.  The proposals will be added to the discussion on energy reform that is planned to be discussed during the second period of sessions.

For more information (in Spanish):

Exigen a Gobernación y al Congreso detener la represión, respetar acuerdos y reconocer a la energía eléctrica como Derecho Humano(Boletín de prensa, Red Nacional de Resistencia Civil contra las Altas Tarifas de Energía Eléctrica, 5 de marzo de 2013)

Incumple Gobernación acuerdo para suspender cortes de luz, denuncian (La Jornada, 6 de marzo de 2013)

Ve Alavez apertura energética con plan nacional(El Universal, 6 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: harassment and threats from the CFE directed at organizations resisting high-electricity prices denounced (5 March 2013)

National: Mobilizations at the national level against high electricity prices (12 February 2013)

Mexico: National day of protests against high electricity prices (4 April 2012)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment and electricity cut-off by CFE (24 March 2012)


National: Mobilizations at the national level against high-electricity prices

February 12, 2013

Imagen de la movilización en la Ciudad de México @ La Jornada

On 7 February there were carried out protests and blockades in the capital and in several states of Mexico to protest high-electricity prices.  The mobilization had been organized by the National Network of Civil Resistance against High-Electricity Prices, the National Alliance of Electricity Users (ANUEE), and the Mexican Union of Electricians (SME).  The marches and actions were held in Chiapas, Campeche, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Guerrero, Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, Chihuahua, and Mexico City.  The principal demand of these protests was a change in energy policy that would include just prices, access to electricity as a human right, and the generation of sustainable energy from the people.  Furthermore, there was demanded the cancellation of wind-energy, mining, and hydroelectrical projects, as well as end to the criminalization of social protest.

It should be mentioned that during these protests in Chiapas, Nataniel Hernandez, director of the Digna Ochoa Center for Human Rights, was arrested while he was in a meeting with the regional sub-delegate for the government.  He was released during the evening, without any sort of explanation regarding the grounds for his arrest.

For more information (in Spanish):

La Jornada: Tarifas justas de luz y fin a la presión, exigen miles en marcha (08/02/2013)

La Jornada: O comemos o pagamos, grito en jornada nacional contra altos cobros (08/02/2013)

La Jornada: Padecen usuarios de la CFE indefensión y maltrato al quejarse por altos cobros (08/02/2013)

Proceso: Policías retienen siete horas al director del centro Digna Ochoa en Chiapas (07/02/2013)

Proceso: Protestan en Oaxaca por altas tarifas de luz (07/02/2013)

Koman Ilel: PRIMER REPORTE MOVILIZACIÓN NACIONAL CONTRA ABUSOS DE CFE (07/02/2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: National day of protests against high electricity prices (4 April 2012)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment and electricity cut-off by CFE (24 March 2012)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment by the CFE (25 February 2011)

Campeche: Arrest of activist campaigning against high electricity prices (26 May 2010)

Mexico: AI Declares Activists against High Electricity Tariffs Prisoners of Conscience (10 March 2010)

 

Oaxaca: Detención y liberación posterior de la defensora Bettina Cruz Velázquez (23/02/2012)

Chiapas: Manifestaciones contra las altas tarifas de la luz (13/09/2011)