Guerrero: 3 of 8 disappeared PRD members found dead in Iguala

June 10, 2013

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Iguala municipality @wikipedia

On 3 June, in a community of the Tepecoacuilco municipality, were found three bodies of the eight PRD members who were “taken” on Thursday, 30 May, following their participation in the occupation of a control-point in Iguala, on the Sol highway, to demand the delivery of fertilizer.  Extra-official sources assert that among the victims is found PRD leader Arturo Hernández Cardona, who headed the Popular Unity (UP) faction, who was executed by gunshot after being beaten jointly with two comrades who were disappeared after the protest.

Organizations like the Front of Democratic Organizations of the State of Guerrero (FODEG), the Collective against Torture and Impunity (CCTI), the Guerrero Network of Civil Human-Rights Organization (Redgroac), and the Movement for National Regeneration (Morena) have demanded that state authorities locate the whereabouts of the UP activists, following their disappearance on 30 May.

The UP has manifested its support for the teachers of the Coordination of Educational Workers of the State of Guerrero (CETEG) during the recent conflict of March and April.  The state director of the PRD, Carlos Reyes Torres, noted that the disappearance of the eight social leaders of Iguala has to do with organized crime, and not conflict among parties.

For more information (in Spanish):

Encuentran ejecutados a tres de los 8 perredistas desaparecidos en Iguala (Libertad Guerrero, 3 de junio de 2013)

Exigen organizaciones sociales dar con el paradero de los activistas de Iguala (La Jornada de Guerrero, 1 de mayo de 2013)

Acción Urgente (Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos – Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos, 3 de junio de 2013)

Los desaparecidos, víctimas de criminales, sugiere Carlos Reyes (La Jornada de Guerrero, 3 de junio de 2013)

La vorágine delincuencial (CDHM Tlachinollan, 3 de junio de 2013)

COMUNICADO DESPARECIDOS IGUALA (Comité de Familiares y Amigos de Secuestrados, Desaparecidos y Asesinados en Guerrero, y Taller de Desarrollo Comunitario, 31 de mayo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Teachers’ megamarch ends with occupation of Congress (23 April 2013)

Oaxaca: March-meeting of Section 22 of the SNTE in commemoration of 25 November (30 November 2012)

Guerrero: Briefs – Reactivation of arrest-orders against CETEG members (10 November 2010)


Guerrero – briefs: Rally for justice and the end of impunity in Chilpancingo; NGOs request definitive cancellation of La Parota

May 12, 2011

Foto @CENCOS

On Thursday May 5, social organizations in defense of human rights, such as the Community Development Workshop (TADECO), the Committee of Family and Friends of the Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero, the Guerrero Network of Human Rights (Redgroac), and the Regional Coordinator of Communal Authorities (CRAC), among others, protested in the zócalo of Chilpancingo against the violence that continues to pervade the state of Guerrero.  Minutes before the rally for justice and to end impunity, the authorities of the capital city council cut the electricity to prevent the protests from being heard through the speakers. However, this action did not stop the activists who, without microphones, raised their voices to speak. Manuel Olivares, of Redgroac, said he joined the march that was organized by Javier Sicilia to tell the authorities “enough murders, kidnappings, disappearances”. Javier Monroy, coordinator of TADECO, and the director of the Citizen Movement of Guerrero Alphabetization, Austreberto Basilio Goytia, expressed outrage over the murder of the director of the Center of Studies and Projects for Total Human Development, Quetzalcoatl Leija Herrera, which occurred on May 4 in the central plaza of Chilpancingo. In a communique on May 5, TADECO and the Committee of Family and Friends of the Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero demanded, among other things, that the State Government of Guerrero “respect, facilitate and support the collaboration of the families of victims of social violence in the investigations”, and that the Federal Government “[…] clarify the cases of campesino Javier Torres Cruz, of the community of La Morena, who was murdered recently [and t]he identification and punishment of those responsible for the extrajudicial murders […] of Raúl Lucas Lucía and Manuel Ponce Rosas”.

Additionally, in a press statement on May 3, national and international human rights networks urged the federal and local government to cancel the La Parota hydroelectric dam project. On the day of April 19, 2011, the Agrarian Tribunal (TUA), based in Acapulco, issued a ruling that annulled the land assembly held on April 28, 2010, which was intended to impose the construction of the hydroelectric project. National and international networks have welcomed the cancellation of the agrarian assembly decision and now call for the definitive cancellation of the project, based on Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which states that the consent of communities is a requirement and without which, no project that involves the removal or relocation of the population can be carried out.

For more information:

Sabotea alcaldía capitalina mitin de ONG contra la violencia en el zócalo (La Jornada, 6 May)

Respaldan organizaciones en el Zócalo de Chilpancingo la Marcha por la Paz (Sur Acapulco, 6 May)

Communique of TADECO and Committee of Family and Friends of the Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero

Exigen ONG’s cancelar definitivamente La Parota, por fallo de juez (Radio Formula, 3 May)

Redes de OSC llaman a poner punto final a La Parota (CENCOS, 3 May)

For more information from SIPAZ:

TUA annuls the 28 April 2010 assembly regarding La Parota (May 12)

Brutal murder of LGBT activist in Chilpancingo (6 May)