Members of CRAC-PC. Photo (@Sipaz)
During the morning of 19 March, a police operation carried out by federal and state units took place in the municipal head of Tixtla.
The police intervention had the objective of observing five search-orders and several arrest-orders against members of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC) from the El Paraíso Justice House, Ayutla de los Libres municipality, which had been indicated by the state governor Ángel Rivero as having links with guerrilla movements.
The operation resulted in the arrest of Aurora Molina González, sister to Gonzalo Molina, leader of the communal police who was arrested last October, accused by the state and municipal governments of terrorism and links to guerrilla movements. According to official reports, Aurora Molina had taken control of the communal police of Tixtla following her brother’s arrest.
During the departure of the police convoy, several confrontations took place between police and youth from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, which lies adjacent to Tixtla.
In the afternoon, there was held a march to the Tixtla City Hall to demand the release of Aurora Molina and 12 others detained from the CRAC, whom the protestors qualified as political prisoners.
In the past year, there has developed a crossfire of accusations between the Communal Police and the Tixtla mayor, Gustavo Alcaraz (PRD), whom the former accuse of being allied with organized crime, while the latter accuses the Communal Police of being a destabilizing force linked to guerrilla movements and directed by persons from outside the region.
Beyond this, during the night of 19 March, there was produced an armed confrontation between members of the Communal Police pertaining to the group of coordinator Eliseo Villar Castillo and members of the CRAC, who accuse Villar Castillo of embezzling 740,000 pesos. What is more, they sought to take the San Luís Acatlán House of Justice unarmed.
The confrontation ended with the intervention of the Army, which entered the CRAC offices to disarm the followers of Villar Castillo.
For more information (in Spanish):
Se enfrentan policías de Guerrero y comunitarios en El Fortín (La Jornada, 19 de marzo de 2014)
La Policía Federal detiene a una dirigente de la guardia comunitaria de Tixtla de Guerrero (Proceso, 19 de marzo de 2014)
Chocan miembros de la CRAC con policía y Ejército en Guerrero (El Financiero, 19 de marzo de 2014)
Chocan en Guerrero la CRAC y policías (El Universal, 20 de marzo de 2014)
Autodefensas disidentes atacan a comunitarios (Crónica, 20 de marzo de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: Ministerial Police detain Gonzalo Molina, CRAC promoter, en Tixtla (14 November 2013)
Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC in Olinalá (13 September 2013)
Guerrero: Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC) pronounces itself against state decree (26 February 2013)
Guerrero: Authorities linked to the UPOEG occupy the House of Justice of the CRAC in San Luis Acatlán (26 February 2013)
Guerrero: CECOP announces creation of Communal Police in Cacahuatepec communities (22 January 2014)