Oaxaca: Mayor of Chichicápam orders shooting of residents: 17 injured and 3 arrested

November 13, 2014

Foto @ Noticias Net

Photo @ Noticias Net/Iván Flores Noriega

On 6 November, Carlos Vásquez Rebollar, the mayor of San Baltazar Chichicápam, located in the Ocotlán district, ordered three people to fire against residents who were cleaning the streets of the community.  The bullets fired from rifles atop the roof of the house of Carlos Vásquez injured 17 persons, including women and children, one of them gravely.  These people were working in the street where the mayor lives.  The community had withdrawn its recognition of the mayor in the latest communal assembly held on 5 October; it is speculated that this was the reason for the ordered shooting.  During this assembly, residents nominated a commission of 15 governmental representatives because the mayor had not presented himself, given that he was occupied in accounting tasks following the accusation of embezzlement of public funds.  The three persons who opened fire on the crowd, cousins of the mayor, were arrested by the Staet Agency of Investigation (AEI) in an operation.  Vásquez Rebollar fled, and his whereabouts are currently unknown.

For more information (in Spanish):

Alcalde priista de Oaxaca ordena disparar contra pobladores; reportan 17 heridos (Proceso, 8 de noviembre de 2014)

Oaxaca: Detained and disappeared, anti-mining activists from San José del Progreso

December 8, 2013

Mina Cuzcatlán en San José del Progreso. Foto @SIPAZ

Cuzcatlán mine in San José del Progreso. Photo @SIPAZ

The Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory denounced the detention at 5pm on 5 December of Olegario Víctor Ruiz Martínez and his wife Salomé García López, opponents of the mining project in San José del Progreso and members of the Coordination of United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley, as carried out by the Federal Agency for Investigation.

According to Marcos Leyva Madrid, representative of one of the comprehensive organizations of the Oaxacan Collective, after 12 hours since the arrest, the whereabouts of the detained was still unknown: “they continue to be disappeared, because no one knows anything about them, nor of what they are being accused.”

The collective has requested the immediate intervention of Defense for the Human Rights of the People of Oaxaca and of the commissioner for human rights of the Oaxacan state government, Eréndira Cruz Villegas, so as to contribute to the finding of the disappeared.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín Informativo: Detienen arbitrariamente a miembros de la CPUVO(Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios, 5 de diciembre de 2013)

Detienen y desaparecen a pareja opositora a proyecto minero en Oaxaca(Proceso, 5 de diciembre de 2013)

La CPUVO Exige la Presentación con Vida de Olegario Ruiz y Salomé García, miembros de la resistencia contra la Minería en Oaxaca (Colectivo Oaxaqueño en DefeColectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorionsa de los Territorios, 6 de diciembre de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):