Guerrero: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam

June 23, 2014
Marco Antonio Suategui Muñoz, spokesman of Cecop (@Proceso)

Marco Antonio Suategui Muñoz, spokesman of Cecop (@Proceso)

In a police raid on June 17, in the city of Acapulco, state ministerial police arrested the spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (Cecop), Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz.

According to the State Attorney General (PGJE), there was a warrant for the arrest of Marco Antonio Suástegui for his presumed involvement in various crimes. The suspect faces about 15 criminal investigations for various suspected crimes linked to his struggle against the construction of the La Parota dam and the removal of gravel and sand from the Papagayo riverside.

The Cecop has announced that it would submit the case to the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, for it to conduct the defense of the detainee.

As reported by the weekly magazine Proceso, “the arrest of the leader of the peasants in opposition to the La Parota dam occurs in a context of reactivation of the hydroelectric project promoted by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and supported by the administration of Aguirre,” the state governor.

For more Information (in Spanish):

 Detienen en Guerrero a dirigente opositor de la presa La Parota (La Jornada, 17 de junio de 2014)

Detienen al dirigente opositor al proyecto La Parota (Proceso, 17 de junio de 2014)

Capturan a promotor de la Policía Comunitaria en Acapulco (Milenio, 17 de junio de 2014)

Detienen a opoditor de La Parota en Guerrero (El Universal, 17 de junio de 2014)

Detienen a líder comunitario en Acapulco (AM, 17 de junio de 2014)

Detienen ministeriales al vocero del Cecop, informa la PGJE (La Jornada de Guerrero, 18 de junio de 2014)

Detienen al vocero del Cecop; lo llevan golpeado a la cárcel de La Unión (El Sur, 18 de junio de 2014)

Llevan policías adolorido y esposado de pies y manos al vocero del Cecop a la cárcel de La Unión (El Sur, 18 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Several injured after attack on communal police of CECOP near Acapulco (April 23, 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: EPN announces comprehensive strategy which includes construction of La Parota

December 7, 2013

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Photo @ SIPAZ archive

Taking advantage of the tragedies imposed by torrential rains, residents of Cacahuatepec (near Acapulco) have denounced that the government seeks to relaunch the project to construct the La Parota dam and arrest those communal leaders who oppose the plan.  On 7 November, in the salon of the Republic of Guerrero House, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced a comprehensive strategy for the state of Guerrero which will see 30 million pesos invested in three primary axes for next year’s budget.  Among the planned works, Peña Nieto announced the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Papagayo River.  Without mentioning it by name, the president most likely was referring to the La Parota dam, given that there is no other hydroelectric project slated for that river.

For more information (in Spanish):

La Parota: vuelve la amenaza (Desinformémonos, 18 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

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: Warnings in Cacahuatepec of possible displacement due to relocation of peoples

November 14, 2013

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Photo @La Jornada de Guerrero

Communards and campesinos belonging to the Communal Goods of Cacahuatepec, in the rural zone of Acapulco, have expressed their fear amidst the intentions of the state and federal governments to displace them using the pretext of relocating peoples settled on the margins of the Papagayo River, so that the path be cleared for those who might be interested in progressing with the plan to built the La Parota hydroelectric dam.  Marco Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota Dam (CECOP), indicated that residents of the communities of Carrizo and Cacahuatepec have been notified by federal police that they are to be resettled.

In an assembly held at the tree known as the Bocote, in the community of Aguacaliente, some 500 persons participated.  During the meeting, members of CECOP trained commissars and representatives of 47 branches of the Communal Goods of Cacahuatepec regarding how to fill out the documents to be used within the demand that will submitted in coming days to the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, which will in turn be presented before the institutions of justice to demand compensation for the damages provoked by tropical storm Manuel.  The assembly-goers held the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for the damages caused by the poor management of the La Venta hydroelectric dam.  Participants of the event agreed to demand that the government begin reconstruction work in Cacahuatepec communities that were affected by the growth in the Papagayo River during tropical storm Manuel, or alternatively they would blockade the machinery of the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) found in the Salsipuedes community and suspend the provision of the water to Acapulco.  In a 4 November communique, CECOP once again indicates that “In rural Acapulco, the Papagayo River devastated communities of Cacahuatepec because they opened La Venta dam, and the hatches were broken.  Someone is responsible: the Federal Electricity Commission.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Advierten en Cacahuatepec de posible desalojo por reubicación de pueblos (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

La Parota, detrás del proyecto de reubicación de poblados: Cecop (El Sur de Acapulco, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

Aguirre: “actuaré contra el Cecop si interrumpe bombeo de agua” (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

RECONSTRUCCIÓN COMUNITARIA ¡SÍ! REUBICACIÓN ¡NO! (Comunicado CECOP, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Ten years of struggle against the La Parota dam (4 August 2013)

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

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: Sympathizers of La Parota dam injure two CECOP members with machetes

November 12, 2013

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Photo @SIPAZ archive

On 12 October, members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) denounced that two of their comrades had been attacked by machete-wielding sympathizers of the hydroelectric project which the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) seeks to build on the Papagayo River in the rural region of Acapulco.  Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for CECOP, attributed the attack to the division of the community which has been “provoked” by the CFE in this region for more than 10 years, when it began with its attempts to erect a hydroelectric dam on the Papagayo River.

During a ceremony for the Day of the Raza, as organized by the Union of Indigenous Located in Acapulco (UIRA) in the esplanade of City Hall, the CECOP spokesperson noted that the attack had taken place on 11 October at 9am at the home of both CECOP members in the Huamuchitos community.  Some days later, Suástegui Muñoz spoke to the health status of the victims, explaining that Rodrigo León Jacinto had improved and could communicate, while Isidro Saligán Guadalupe’s recovery is going more slowly, and it is hoped that he not lose his right eye.

For more information (in Spanish):

Simpatizantes de La Parota hieren a machetazos a dos miembros del Cecop (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de octubre de 2013)

Omite el MP tomar declaración a los heridos del Cecop, acusan (La Jornada de Guerrero, 15 de octubre de 2013)

La Parota, agreden a machetazos a dos opositores de proyecto hidroeléctrico (Asamblea Nacional de Afectados Ambientales, 12 de octubre 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: ten years of struggle against the La Parota dam

August 4, 2013

No a La Parota (@SIPAZ)On 28 July, the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) commemorated 10 years of struggle against the plans of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to expropriate its lands to construct a hydroelectric dam on the Papagayo river, close to Acapulco.  To date, the work has not been built.  In this sense, there was organized a march of approximately 5 kilometers on the principal road of the Communal Lands of Cacahuatepec.  During this act and the subsequent rally, approximately 300 persons participated, locals as well as members of different civil and social organizations, and even of left-wing political parties.

Abel Barrera Hernández, director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, expressed that “you have shown us how to exercise the defense of land in physical terms, with rage and machete, but above all with the dignity of a people who have their best resources in this rural Acapulco; it is a pleasure to be in this land of resistance.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Opositores a La Parota conmemoran 10 años de lucha (El Universal, 28 de julio de 2013)

La lucha sigue, sostiene el Cecop a 10 años de su oposición a La Parota (La Jornada de Guerrero, 29 de julio de 2013)

Se pronuncian organizaciones a favor del Cecop y exigen cancelar La Parota (La Jornada de Guerrero, 28 de julio de 2013)

Diez años de lucha contra La Parota y los pueblos todavía están en peligro (El Sur de Acapulco, 25 de julio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

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)