Guerrero: Police beat journalists during protests for Ayotzinapa

December 6, 2014

Manifestación en Guerrero (

Manifestation in Guerrero (

On 11 November, Guerrero state police beat the journalist Carlos Navarrete Rubio from the Diario El Sur, beyond physically and verbally attacking at least 10 journalists who were documenting the violent displacement of at least 500 teachers from the State Coordination of Educational Workers in Guerrero (CETEG) at the state offices of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Chilpancingo.  These teachers were protesting the disappearance of the 43 normalist students from Ayotzinapa.

The next day, media workers protested at the Guerrero Palace of Governance and at the CETEG sit-in to demand guarantees for their journalistic work.  The reporter from El Sur who had been attacked publicly read aloud a letter in which he affirms that “the lack of protocols to dissuade social protests and the lack of training in terms of human rights on the part of state police is now evident, as has been reflected during protests that have taken place in recent days in Acapulco and Chilpancingo (…).  We are clear that we will not allow any other attacks against our media representatives.  Indeed, if this is repeated, we will react using all means we have at our disposal.”

Article 19, an organization that protects the right to freedom of expression, noted that the Guerrero state police must adopt the necessary measures to guarantee effective protection of this right “within contexts of manifestations or public protests, as in the adoption of protocols that are to guide security forces and other authorities in such contexts, toward the end of having them observe their tasks of preventing and protecting against any attacks directed at journalists and those who assist with the realization of coverage of protests, including the mobilization of emergency medical aid in safe conditions rather than criminalization.”

For more information (in Spanish):

ALERTA: Policías de Guerrero golpean a periodistas durante manifestación (Artículo 19, 12 de noviembre de 2014)

Reporteros agredidos por policías reclaman al gobierno garantías para su trabajo (El Sur de Acapulco, 13 de noviembre de 2014)

Llama EU a ‘‘mantener la calma’’ mientras se investigan los hechos ocurridos en Iguala (La Jornada, 13 de noviembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Parents reject PGR declaration (13 November 2014)

Guerrero: Update in the Ayotzinapa case (12 November 2014)

Guerrero: Update in the Iguala case: former Iguala mayor is arrested; governor of Guerrero resigns; European Parliament divided over Ayotzinapa (3 November 2014)

Guerrero: municipal police of Iguala fire on students of the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. Six have died (11 October 2014)


Guerrero: municipal police of Iguala fire on students of the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. Six have died

October 11, 2014

Foto de archivo @ SIPAZ

Archive photo @ SIPAZ

On 26 and 27 September, municipal police from Iguala, Guerrero, together with an armed commando group that has yet to be identified, opened fire at several coordinated events against students, athletes, and other civilians, leaving six dead, 25 injured, and more than 50 students disappeared.

Since the morning of Friday 26 September, close to 150 students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa had arrived to Iguala to carry out a fundraising activity: they had planned to raise money to finance a march on 2 October, which was the forty-sixth anniversary of the Tlatelolco massacre.  Police intercepted the caravan comprised of three buses and two SUVs, demanding that the vehicles stop, but the youth resisted arrested.  On Saturday 27 September, the students from Ayotzinapa organized a press-conference at the location of the first police attack.  There, they secured the zone using stones to prevent the loss of evidence, particularly the bullet casings left behind by police.  The students were speaking with journalists from different media groups when an unknown group suddenly appeared, opening fire with weapons of different calibers.

The State Attorney General’s Office of Guerrero has arrested 22 members of the State Preventive Police of Iguala who have been indicated as prime suspects in the crime.  On 1 October, though the statistics varied according to the source in question, there were more than 30 persons who continued to be disappeared.  At the same time, it was reported that the PRD mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca Velázquez, had also disappeared after having received authorization to investigate the crimes.

For more information (in Spanish):

Enfrentamientos entre policías y normalistas dejan 6 muertos (Milenio, 27 de septiembre de 2014)

ACCIÓN URGENTE | Permanecen desaparecidos 55 normalistas agredidos en Iguala (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 28 de septiembre de 2014)

Violaciones de DH cometidas en contra de estudiantes de la normal rural Raúl Isidro burgos, en Iguala, Guerrero (Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos “Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos”, 29 de septiembre de 2014)

Solicita licencia el alcalde de Iguala por el caso de los asesinados el fin de semana (la Jornada de Guerrero, 1ero de octubre de 2014)

Iguala evidencia que policía municipal está infiltrada por la delincuencia, acusa gobernador (Animal Político, 1ero de octubre de 2014)

Localizan a 19 normalistas (El SUr de Acapulco, 1ero de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Impunity continues in the Ayotzinapa case (17 May 2013)

Guerrero: Release of police charged for the murder of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (29 April 2013)

Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa (16 January 2012)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)

Guerrero: harassment by soldiers and police denounced in communities of Costa Chica

February 5, 2014

Policías comunitarias (@cgtChiapas)

Communal police (@cgtChiapas)

In a public communique released on 28 January, civil human-rights organizations and parishes denounced that “one year after the communities and peoples of the Costa Chica and central regions of the state of Guerrero organized themselves to re-establish security and peace in their communities, they now face harassment, intimidation, and abuse of authority on the part of the Mexican Army and the federal and state police.”

They affirmed that “in just one day 7 military checkpoints were installed” beyond those already existing, and these “military checkpoints are not allowing the movement of civilians either by automobile or foot from one community to the other; military vehicles and tanks threaten the people by aiming directly at them.”

The organizations noted that “the point of the federal security forces should not be to harass the communities that adhere to the Citizens’ System for Security and Justice.  In acting this way, the Army is failing to observe its function of defending the integrity, independence, and sovereignty of the country” and they demanded that the Army and the federal and state police respect the human rights and integrity of the people, including their right to free movement, self-determination, and peaceful association.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian acoso de fuerzas federales a pueblos y comunidades guerrerenses (La Jornada, 30 de enero de 2014)

Comunidades de 5 municipios de la región Costa Chica del estado de Guerrero son hostigadas por el ejército (OSC de derechos humanos, 28 de enero de 2014)

Chiapas: State police invade teachers’ assembly, leaving 200 injured

July 20, 2013


During the night of 29 June, more than a thousand police officers invaded the Extraordinary Congress of Section 7 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE) which had been held in the state capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez.  As a result of the intervention of public force, more than 200 teachers were left injured, some of them seriously, with 29 arrested, all of whom were released Sunday evening.  According to media reports, the Extraordinary Congress was to hold an election for the leadership of the union; however, during a recess, there was presented a criminal denunciation for kidnapping before the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) on the part of the legal representative of the SNTE, given that members of the so-called Democratic Bloc of Section 7 prevented the exit from the building of teachers linked to the national leadership of the union.  These indicated that they were not allowed access to medical attention or food.  For its part, the Democratic Bloc noted that the recess represented a measure to buy off delegates or change locales, toward the end of achieving the election of a state secretary close to the national leadership.  Responding to the denunciation, the police intervened, using tear gas and rubber-coated bullets.

The state government of Chiapas, via its General Secretary for Governance, Noé Castañón León, announced that it would hold investigations to determine culpability in the developments.  For its part, the State Council on Human Rights reported that it too would launch investigations, these into possible human-rights violations during the police operation.

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberan a los 29 maestros detenidos el sábado en Tuxtla Gutiérrez (La Jornada, 2 de julio de 2013)

El jaripeo chiapaneco de Juan Díaz (La Jornada, 02 de julio de 2013)

Reprimen a maestros disidentes en Chiapas (La Jornada, 30 de junio de 2013)

Pugnas desatan enfrentamiento entre maestros del SNTE en Chiapas (Proceso, 30 de junio de 2013)

Oaxaca: Confrontation over supposed “approval” of wind-energy park in San Dionisio del Mar

January 8, 2013

Enfrentamiento en San Dionisio @ La Jornada

On 29 December 2012, in the Ikojts community of San Dionisio del Mar, there were seen confrontations between opponents and supporters of the planned construction of a wind-energy park as advanced by the Spanish firm Mareña Renewables in this municipality having to do with the carrying-out of an assembly to which opponents were blocked access.  12 people were injured in these conflict.

In accordance with journalistic information, the community president of San Dionisio del Mar reported that “in assembly,” 400 communards had supported the construction of the wind-energy park, ratifying the 2004 convention made with Mareña Renewables, beyond having agreed to ignore the court ruling released in early December which ordered the suspension of the project.  For his part, Rodrigo Peñaloza Flores, spokesperson for the Assembly of Indigenous Peoples of the Tehuantepec Isthmus (APIITDTyT), indicated that due to the violent acts “there was neither assembly nor agreements,” adding that the opponents will present audio-visual and photographic evidence to support the claimed “nonexistence” of the event.  He indicated that the site was surrounded for three days by state police, who allowed the entrance of a shock-group which provoked a violent and unstable atmosphere in the locality.  In a communique, the state government affirmed that it had ordered agents of the state police to the community toward the end of creating conditions for the execution of the assembly.

For more information (in Spanish):

La Jornada: Se enfrentan opositores y partidarios a parque eólico en Oaxaca; 12 heridos (30/12/2012)

Comunicado de San Dionisio del Mar (29/12/2012)

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)