Guerrero: Victims from the Mountain region carry out “Hunger Pilgrimage” due to lack of governmental support

February 13, 2014

Movilización de damnificados de la Montaña de Guerrero (@CENCOS)

Mobilization of victims from the Mountain region Guerrero (@CENCOS)

On 4 February, more than a thousand indigenous persons from 13 municipalities of the Mountain region of Guerrero state carried out a march in Tlapa de Comomfort, as organized by the Council of Victimized Communities of the Mountain of Guerrero; the action was named the “Hunger Pilgrimage.”  Protestors demanded that the state and federal governments provide them resources given that thousands of people still go without any support after the tropical storms Ingrid and Manuel which struck the region last September.  They noted furthermore that at least 20 communities still must be resettled.  Victims also blockaded the Tlapa-Marquelia and Tlapa-Chilpancingo highways to demand the distribution of domestic goods while residents of the Costa Grande region of the state blockaded the federal highway between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo to demand aid.

In an Urgent Action, the Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations “All Rights for All” (TDT) called on President Enrique Peña Nieto and Rosario Robles Berlanga, head of the Ministry for Social Development (Sedesol), to return to dialogue with the Council of Victimized Communities of the Mountain of Guerrero “so that measures be taken to avert the food crisis foreseen for March and April.”  The federal government calculates that it will provide 30 billion pesos for public works, according to the president’s office.

Robles Berlanga claimed to be calm amidst the protests being carried out by victims, noting that those who did not meet the requirements for aid did not receive it.  For his part, Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero clarified that the distribution of goods has now ended, such that it is illegitimate for some persons to invoke some political program which has never before been seen in the state.

For more information (in Spanish):

Más de dos mil indígenas de Guerrero participan en ‘Peregrinación del hambre’ (La Jornada, 4 de febrero de 2014)

Alertan sobre “crisis alimentaria” en la Montaña de Guerrero (Proceso, 4 de febrero de 2014)

Damnificados en Guerrero amenazan con bloqueos (El Universal, 4 de febrero de 2014)

Robles, tranquila ante protestas de damnificados (El Universal, 4 de febrero de 2014)

AU Red TdT “Delicada situación en la región de la montaña en Guerrero”(Red TdT, 4 de febrero de 2014)

Declaratoria de los integrantes del Consejo de Comunidades afectadas de la región Montaña del estado de Guerrero (4 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Victims of storms migrate to survive (12 November 2013)

Guerrero: The situation continues to be dramatic for storm victims in Guerrero (4 October 2013)

Guerrero: Deaths and victims of tropical storm Manuel (4 October 2013)

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National/Chiapas: EPN in Navenchauc, Zinacantán launches actions for the National Crusade against Hunger

April 22, 2013

Enrique Peña Nieto y Da Lula Silva (@Animal Político)

Enrique Peña Nieto and Da Lula Silva (@Animal Político)

On 19 April, accompanied by the former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto visited the community of Navenchauc in the Zinacantán municipality in the Highlands of Chiapas, where he launched actions for the National Crusade against Hunger.  In January of this year, the Las Margaritas municipality in Chiapas had been selected for the inauguration site of this campaign.

In his comments, EPN defended the Crusade against Hunger and called on Rosario Robles Berlanga, Secretary for Social Development, to “weather” the criticisms of those who “only concern themselves with elections.”  He added that “for us, for this government, we have a clear objective, a task of commitment to Mexicans, which is to put an end to hunger.”  It should be recalled that the previous day, Robles Berlanga fired a delegate of this institution in Veracruz, Ranulfo Márquez, so that he could be investigated for the presumed utilization of the resources of the Crusade to the benefit of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the upcoming state elections.  On 23 April, he will present testimony before the federal Senate regarding the supposed advances of this program.

At the event was also present Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, former president of Brazil and initiator of the program “Zero Hunger” which allowed 33 million people to leave poverty and another 40 million to ascend to the middle class of Brazil.  Lula noted that the “Zero Hunger” program gave rise to many criticisms: “They said that the program had welfare characteristics.  They said it was populist, that it thought nothing more than of elections.  They said that this program was merely to give handouts to the people, and that people would then become lazy.”  He assured on the other hand that “Hunger does not exist because of lack of money, agricultural production, or technology.  It exists due to the lack of shame on the part of the authorities in this world […].  So for this reason, President, the poor do not have reason to have patience, but instead should be present and trust in their government.  They have you; do not fail them.”

For more information (in Spanish):

“Hay hambre por falta de vergüenza de gobernantes”: Lula (Proceso, 19 de abril de 2013)

Lula acompañará a Peña en Cruzada contra el Hambre (El Universal, 19 de abril de 2013)

Espaldarazo de Peña a Rosario Robles: hay que aguantar (La Jornada, 20 de abril de 2013)

EPN: nos critican los que sólo piensan en elecciones (La Jornada, 20 de abril de 2013)


Chiapas: accession of Manuel Velasco Coello to governorship

December 21, 2012

Manuel Velasco Coello (@chiapas.gob.mx)

On 8 December, Manuel Velasco Coello became governor of Chiapas, for the coming six-year term from 2012 to 2018.  Velasco Coello, 32 years old and the grandson of the former governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Suárez, won the gubernatorial elections last July with a large margin, representing the coalition made by the Green Ecological Party of Mexico (PVEM), the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and the New Alliance Party (PANAL).  At the inaugural event were present, among others, 18 governors, both elected and current, the head of Governance in Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera, the representative of President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Rosario Robles Berlanga, secretary for Social Development.  Coello’s immediate predecessor, Juan Sabines Guerrero, was not in attendance.

Velasco Coello announced that he would initiate “a profound administrative reform that will allow us a more efficient government, which can do more with less.”  He detailed that he will present a state plan of austerity, reducing wages and governmental expenses at the primary level, including for his own salary, which will be reduced by half.

Although he still has not announced the members of his cabinet, he reiterated his proposal regarding the establishment of a government of a citizens’ coalition, plural and inclusive, that count with the participation of all party affiliations and ideologies.  His press representative had previously expressed that “the heads of the institutions remain in charge until [the governor] names replacements.”It should be recalled that despite the brief nature of his speech, Velasco Coello mentioned the political and cultural contributions  made by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) and its Good-Government Councils, affirming that “On my part there will be a great disposition to establish the proper communication toward the end of strengthening the peace, happiness, and development of the people.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Presentará Manuel Velasco plan de austeridad en Chiapas (El Universal, 8 de diciembre de 2012)

Saluda Manuel Velasco al EZLN y Juntas de Buen Gobierno al asumir como mandatario (La Jornada, 8 de diciembre de 2012)

Asume Velasco Coello en Chiapas; dice que se bajará el sueldo (Proceso, 8 de diciembre de 2012)

Rinde protesta Manuel Velasco como gobernador de Chiapas (Milenio, 8 de diciembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: elections in Chiapas; PRI-Green alliance wins (10 July 2012)