Oaxaca: Two dead and one seriously injured, in a “worrying increase of police violence” (EDUCA)

October 11, 2014

Imagen @ OIDHO.org

Image @ OIDHO.org

On 22 September, the communal leader Jaime López Hernández, member of the Indigenous Organization for Human Rights in Oaxaca (OIDHO), was killed by a shot in the back in the San Andrés Lovene community, San Juan Ozolotepec municipality, as he was visiting his mother’s gravesite. Services for an Alternative Education (EDUCA) manifested its energetic rejection of the act, condemning the murder of Jaime López, and it noted that “[we are] concerned by the increase in police violence in Oaxaca and the impunity in which attacks against [social] leaders and human-rights defenders remain.  Jaime López’s murder […] joins in a long chain of attacks committed against human-rights activists.  Organizations such as Peace Brigades International and the National Network of Human Rights ‘All Rights for All’ have located Oaxaca as one of the states in which is observed the most attacks on human-rights defenders.  We call on the state authorities to act immediately in this case, to engage in a lawful investigation, and to commit themselves seriously to protecting the work of defenders in Oaxaca.”

Beyond this, on 26 September, two teachers from Section 22 of the National Coordination of Educational Workers (CNTE) were fired upon from a vehicle as they were walking in the street.  Of the two teachers, both of whom worked in a high school in San Mateo del Mar, one died–Shamir Jonatán Osorio Gallegos–while the other, Manuel Reyna Osorio, was seriously injured.

Lastly, reflecting on the numerous violent acts that have been seen in different parts of Mexico of late, an opinion article in La Jornada expressed that “Despite the official efforts to minimize the impacts of insecurity in the social perception, violence and criminal anarchy continue to affect the people in many regions of the national territory, giving the impression that the attempt to deviate attention from these problems does nothing more than exacerbate them […].  The armed forces continue to be employed in police tasks that are distinct from their constitutionally defined role; the country lacks social, political, educational, and health policies that would be able to act as a preventive factor against organized crime; impunity prevails in nearly all the crimes committed by the previous administration; the reform of police bodies at the three levels [of government] continues to be a pending task; the observance of human rights experiences serious factical and institutional regression, and, above all, an economic policy that provokes social anomie, unemployment, and marginalization, that obliges large segments of the population to work in the informal sector and that, ultimately, ends up feeding criminality continues and is made yet more profound.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de Prensa: Asesinan a Jaime López, integrante de OIDHO(OIDHO, 23 de septiembre de 2014)  

Líder de OIDHO fue asesinado frente a la tumba de su madre en San Andrés Lovene (Página 3, 24 de septiembre de 2014)

RvsR: Ante el asesinato de Jaime López Hernández, de la OIDHO (Enlace Zapatista, 2 de octubre de 2014)

Violencia imparable (La Jornada, 29 de septiembre de 2014)

Condena Sección 22 asesinato de profesor (El Imparcial Oaxaca, 28 de septiembre de 2014)

Atacan a balazos a 2 intendentes (El Imparcial Oaxaca, 28 de septiembre de 2014)

Tirotean a maestros de la @SECCIONXXII en Oaxaca; Un muerto (E-Consulta Oaxaca, 27 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Concern for the alarming increase in murders in the state (26 April 2014)


Oaxaca: March against wind-energy megaproject in Juchitán

February 12, 2013

© Zapateando

On 10 February, Ikojts and Binniza peoples marched in the Juchitán municipality in response to the declarations of Gabine Cué, governor of Oaxaca, in previous days: “we are not 20 drunks; we are peoples in resistance, defending our territory.”

On this same day was celebrated a Communal Assembly in Álvaro Obregón, in which participated people from San Dionisio del Mar, San Mateo del Mar, San Francisco del Mar, Santa María Xadani, Unión Hidalgo, Santa Rosa de Lima, San Blas Atempa, and Juchitán, among other places.  The people reaffirmed in this assembly their opposition to the wind-energy megaproject and called on the governor to listen to the reasons for which the people are opposing this project.  Furthermore, they announced the creation of a communal police in Álvaro Obregón, thus demanding the departure of the state, municipal, and federal police from Col. Álvaro Obregón, as well as the military.

For more information (in Spanish):

Acuerdan autodefensa en Juchitán; van contra empresa, El Universal. 10 de febrero de 2013

Reafirman con megamarcha oposición al proyecto eólico, Zapateando, 11 de febrero de 2013

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Red alert for communities in the Isthmus and for civil society (5 February 2013)

Oaxaca: judge concedes motion against wind-energy project in San Dionisio del Mar (21 December 2012)

Oaxaca: confrontations between PRI militants and opponents to wind-energy park in San Dionisio del Mar (7 December 2012)

Oaxaca: Threats from shock-groups in San Dionisio del Mar (26 October 2012)


Oaxaca: Red alert for communities in the Isthmus and for civil society

February 5, 2013

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According to information from the Assembly of Indigenous Peoples of the Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory (APIIDTT), since 30 January the secretary of governance of the state of Oaxaca (SEGEGO) has sent delegates to negotiate the situation of blockade that has been seen since 29 October in the Álvaro Obregón community so as to inhibit the entrance of Mareña Renewables into Barra Santa Teresa, given that a court order exists which prohibits its entry.  These officials from the SEGEGO have been accompanied by state police.  The response, as related by an APIIDTT communique, was that “if they wanted dialogue, that Gabino Cue or the head of SEGEGO come to negotiate, for they will not accept representatives, because everything that would be signed and discussed would merely be rubbish.”  The APIIDTT denounced that on the night of 1 to 2 February there were seen several confrontations between the more than 400 armed state police and the communards from Álvaro Obregón and other communities in the region.  The last confrontation had to do with the fact that “later the state police arrested three fishermen who were on their way to go fish.”  These fishermen were then released on 3 February.

For his part, Jonathan Davis Arzac, president of the Council of Administration of the Mareña Renewables firm, warned that the wind-energy project for San Dionisio del Mar would merely move itself to another state if guarantees were not secured for the investment.

The most recent APIIDTT communiques have denounced the situation of some human-rights defenders who oppose the wind-energy park, “such as Bettina Cruz Velázquez and Rodrigo Flores Peñaloza, who have had to leave the region given that the hired killers have been harassing their homes, but they nonetheless continue actively to resist.  Mareña and the state government attempted directly to buy off the integrity of different people in the movement, as with the fisherman Jesús Gutiérrez.”

It should be mentioned that the communards from San Dionisio del Mar have obtained a motion from the Seventh Judge of the District (headquarters in Salina Cruz) that demands the suspension of all activity undertaken by Mareña Renewables in the Barra Santa Teresa community.  It should also be noted that Mareña has complained about this decision, claiming that it had been overruled now twice by a local judge.  Similarly, the communities of Santa María Xadani, San Mateo del Mar, Colonia Álvaro Obregón, San Francisco del Mar, San Dioniso del Mar, Juchitán de Zaragoza and Unión Hidalgo have submitted a complaint before the Independent Mechanism for Consultation and Investigation (MICI) against the Mareña Renewables wind-energy project, which is financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, among other sources.

For more information (in Spanish):

COMUNICADO URGENTE: Triunfo de la Dignidad Indígena de los Pueblos del Istmo frente a la Violencia y Corrupción suscitadas por Mareña Renovables y Gabino Cué (Frontera Sur, 4 de febrero de 2013)

Disuelven con violencia asamblea de opositores a parque eólico en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 3 de febrero de 2013)

Reprimen bloqueo en Álvaro Obregón, urge solidaridad con los pueblos ikoot y binniza (Frontera Sur, 1 de febrero de 2013)

México: Álvaro Obregón y San Dionisio del Mar se encuentran rodeadas de policías (Kaos en la Red, 1 de febrero de 2013)

Mareña Renovable anuncia posible cancelación del proyecto eólico en San Dionisio del Mar (NSS Oaxaca, 31 de enero de 2013)

Boletín de la Oficina Ecuménica por la Paz y la Justicia sobre situación en el Istmo (Frontera Sur, 1 de febrero de 2013)

Video-Audio:

Testimonio de compañera de álvaro obregón (Blog de la APIIDTT, 4 de febrero de 2013)

Mareña Renovables y gobierno de oaxaca: represión policial en Alvaro Obregon 2.2.2013 (Blog de la APIIDTT, 4 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Oaxaca: judge concedes motion against wind-energy project in San Dionisio del Mar (21 December 2012)

Oaxaca: confrontations between PRI militants and opponents to wind-energy park in San Dionisio del Mar (7 December 2012)

Oaxaca: Threats from shock-groups in San Dionisio del Mar (26 October 2012)

Oaxaca: entry of Caravan of Solidarity impeded to San Dionisio del Mar (15 October 2012)

Oaxaca: Meeting for resistance in San Dionisio del Mar, and new threats (21 September 2012)

Oaxaca: Ikoots community denounces invasion by private firm and “rigged” assembly in San Dionisio del Mar; invitation to a Meeting for Resistance (19 September 2012)

Oaxaca: Detention and subsequent release of rights-defender Bettina Cruz Velázquez (7 March 2012)

Oaxaca: Communards of San Dionisio del Mar revoke contract for wind-farm (9 February 2012)


Oaxaca: blockades to impede work on the wind-park in Ikojts territory

October 12, 2012

On 28 September, from 7am to 3pm, residents of San Dionisio del Mar and San Mateo del Mar blockaded roads toward the end of impeding the work of the firm Mareña Renewable in the wind-energy park it is working to build in the zone–this despite the resistance of the peoples in the region who oppose the fact that the government has authorized the project without consulting them.  In a press-release, the General Assembly of San Dionisio del Mar and the Assembly of Indigenous Peoples of the Tehuantepec Isthmus reported that since 25 September “brigades of persons allied and contracted” by the firm “have entered.”  For this reason, communards from San Dionisio del Mar and San Mateo del Mar decided to “blockade the access and not permit that the firm appropriate our ancestral territory.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de prensa de las Comunidades Indígenas Ikoots (27 de septiembre de 2012)

Boletín de prensa de la Asamblea General de San Dionisio del Mar  y la Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec (28 de septiembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Meeting for resistance in San Dionisio del Mar and new threats (21 September 2012)

Oaxaca: Ikoots community denounces invasion by private firm and “rigged” assembly in San Dionisio del Mar; invitation to a Meeting for Resistance (19 September 2012)

Oaxaca: Detention and subsequent release of rights-defender Bettina Cruz Velázquez (7 March 2012)

Oaxaca: Communards of San Dionisio del Mar revoke contract for wind-farm (9 February 2012)

Oaxaca: Death-threats against human-rights defenders (4 November 2011)


Oaxaca: Meeting for resistance in San Dionisio del Mar, and new threats

September 21, 2012

Meeting in San Dionisio del Mar, September 2012 (@Centro PRODH)

On 14 and 15 September, there was held a national meeting with the Ikojts nation that is resisting the “San Dionisio” megawind project, financed by Mareña Wind Energy (backed by Japanese, Australian, and Dutch capital) in their land.  More than 300 persons–indigenous people, activists of 25 civil and social organizations from 6 states–participated at the meeting.  In this way, the imposition of the wind megaproject in San Dionisio was denounced, with the claim that it had been done so by means of trickery, aggression, and corruption, provoking divisions and conflicts within the peoples of the region.  During the event, a plan of action was drawn up to include mobilizations and actions of denunciation directed at the transnational firms that, with their energy megaprojects, “are destroying and looting local residents throughout the country.”  For this reason, they demanded that the Inter-American Bank for Development and international firms to cancel funding for the project immediately.  It was also agreed that they will demand that all levels of the government respect the autonomy of the communities to decide on the use of their territory, using public consultation that is free for all indigenous people who are affected by the construction of these megaprojects in their communities.

The Assembly of Indigenous Peoples of the Tehuantepec Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory (Apitdtt) denounced that on 18 September, “strongly armed individuals, seemingly from the municipal police” arrived at the municipal palace (which has been occupied since February by residents of San Dionisio del Mar who oppose the wind project) to intimidate and threaten the residents who demand the cancellation of the project.  They indicate furthermore that “these acts were carried out with the same manner of impunity and violence as is lived in our state and throughout the whole country.  We see this strategy applied against our comrades from San José del Progreso who oppose a Canadian mine in their territory, to the communards of Cherán in Michoacán who defend their forests, and the communards of Chicomusuelo, Chiapas, who also oppose mining.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Declaración final de San Dionisio del Mar.(15 de septiembre de 2012)

Frente contra megaproyecto eólico en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 14 de septiembre de 2012)

Llevarán a Europa protesta contra proyecto eólico en Oaxaca (Proceso, 17 de septiembre de 2012)

AU: Intimidación, amedrentamiento y hostigamiento por individuos armados a comuneros indígenas en contra del proyecto eólico San Dionisio (Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio, 19 de septiembre de 2012)

Amenazan presuntos paramilitares a opositores a parque eólico en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 19 de septiembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Ikoots community denounces invasion by private firm and “rigged” assembly in San Dionisio del Mar; invitation to a Meeting for Resistance (19 September 2012)

Oaxaca: Detention and subsequent release of rights-defender Bettina Cruz Velázquez (7 March 2012)

Oaxaca: Communards of San Dionisio del Mar revoke contract for wind-farm (9 February 2012)

Oaxaca: Death-threats against human-rights defenders (4 November 2011)

Oaxaca: Indigenous individuals from the Isthmus denounce threats by Spanish firm in response to their opposition to planned construction of wind-plants (5 July 2011)