Guerrero: March of families victimized by tropical storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid, one year on

September 16, 2014

Marcha de damnificados en Tlapa (@Tlachinollan)

A year after tropical storm Manuel and hurricane Ingrid pummelled the state of Guerrero, indigenous communities from the Mountain region organized a march of between 3,000 and 4,000 people in Tlapa de Comonfort to denounce that, more than ten months after the announcement of the New Guerrero Plan (PNG) that would liberate 37 billion pesos, still roads, schools, health clinics, and homes have not been repaired.  Regarding the few advances made, protestors noted that the authorities discriminate against indigenous peoples by sending incompetent firms that use poor-quality materials.

The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights released a communique indicating that the communities “continue to experience great risks, especially due to the lack of a comprehensive program for reconstruction for the Mountain region and due to the inefficiency of the different levels of government in terms of providing a coordinated response to affected peoples.”  Abel Barrera Hernández, director of Tlachinollan, noted that before the march, state and federal authorities told him that the march should not proceed, and that if it did, that participants “not be so demanding.”  Barrera Hernández noted that thanks to the “Let Maize Rain” program in the Mountain region, famine was avoided, but the government still has not followed through on its promise to provide maize and other grains for victimized peoples.  Of a total of six planned deliveries, only three have been completed.

For more information (in Spanish):

Permanecen en condición de damnificadas familias de La Montaña a un año del paso de Ingrid y Manuel (Boletín de prensa de Tlachinollan, 13 de septiembre de 2014)

Marchan en Tlapa afectados para exigir reconstrucción total por daños de Manuel (La Jornada de Guerrero, 14 de septiembre de 2014)

Marchan miles en la Montaña; exigen cumplir promesas de reconstrucción (la Jornada, 14 de septiembre de 2014)

Marchan en Tlapa 4 mil damnificados por Manuel; exigen los granos que les prometieron (El Sur de Acapulco, 14 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Victims from the Mountain region carry out “Hunger Pilgrimage” due to lack of governmental support (13 February 2014)

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)

Guerrero: Continúa crisis humanitaria causada por la tormenta Manuel en La Montaña (1ero de octubre de 2013)


Guerrero: Agreement made to implement program to supply basic grains for storm victims in the Mountain region

March 1, 2014

Damnificados de la Montaña de Guerrero (@Tlachinollan)

On 19 February, the Council of Victim Communities from the Mountain region of Guerrero succeeded in coming to an agreement with state and federal authorities to implement a program to supply basic grains for more than 20,000 families from nearly 200 communities in 12 municipalities affected by the September 2013 storms that struck the state.

As the Council had requested, there will be used a methodology based in its proposal “So that Maize Rain” with a focus on human rights and cultural sensitivity.  In accord with a communique distributed by the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, “in accordance with the agreements, there will be generated an extraordinary and exceptional program that is culturally sensitive and will attend to the communities affected by the passing of tropical storms Ingrid and Manuel, by means of the direct distribution of basic grains to the communities without intermediaries–these are to be distributed by their communal authorities.  Furthermore, there will be established mechanisms of control with participation of beneficiaries, guaranteeing thus their participation and the transparent distribution of maize, beans, and rice.  This, as the Council has requested, will permit the communities to decide to focus their attention on other priorities linked to reconstruction, initiating the rehabilitation of their lands without facing the threat of hunger.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado Logran comunidades damnificadas de la Montaña implementación de programa extraordinario de abastecimiento de granos básicos”(Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 21 de febrero de 2014)

Damnificados de la Montaña, Gro recibirán granos básicos (Radio Formula, 21 de febrero de 2014)

Ofrece gobierno de Guerrero tonelada y media de maíz a damnificados (Milenio, 17 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Victims from the Mountain region carry out “Hunger Pilgrimage” due to lack of governmental support (13 February 2014)

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)

 


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)


Guerrero: CECOP announces creation of Communal Police in Cacahuatepec communities

January 22, 2014

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Photo @SIPAZ

Members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) have undertaken the proceedings to form part of the Communal Police in the commons of Cacahuatepec and, in parallel terms, to found a new municipality.  In a 15 January assembly in Agua Caliente, where relatives from 30 of the 47 communities which make up the municipality were present,  CECOP spokesperson Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz announced that 2,461 persons had lost their crops in the wake of tropical storm Manuel.  Pablo Guzmán Hernández, one of the founders of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC), confirmed that he would support the members of the organization.  “Security is failing, with the police infiltrated, and just there are the drug traffickers.  The justice system serves only to incarcerate social activists,” he said.  Antonio Suástegui declared that the movement has always been peaceful and legal, but that no other option is open than to take arms.

For more information (in Spanish):

Crearán ejidatarios de Cacahuatepec su policía comunitaria, anuncian en asamblea (La Jornada de Guerrero, 16 de enero de 2014)

Anuncian opositores a la presa La Parota la creación de la Policía Comunitaria en pueblos de Cacahuatepec (El Sur de Acapulco, 16 de enero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Sympathizers of the La Parota dam injure two CECOP members with machetes (12 November 2013)

Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre Rivero will not support construction of La Parota (27 August 2012)

Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project (20 July 2012)

Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam (3 April 2012)

Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)


Guerrero: CECOP announces case against CFE over damages caused by La Venta dam

October 25, 2013

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Photo @Willy Hernández, hijosdelamadretierra.blogspot.mx

Members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) will promote a collective legal case against the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) over the damages suffered by the peoples living at the margins of the Papagayo River, given that they do not believe these to have been caused by nature but rather due to the construction of the La Venta dam.  The community of Venta Vieja, in the rural zone of Acapulco, which resides near La Venta (operated by the CFE), was completely destroyed by tropical storm Manuel.

Residents of the region related that the storm and concomitant increase in water levels, which increased 40 meters beyond normal, devastated approximately a hundred homes, in addition to a primary school and the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús church.  CECOP believes that the CFE is responsible for the inundation of Venta Vieja and the disasters seen in at least 16 communities belonging to the Communal Goods of Cacahuatepec.  This zone suffered losses of paths and hundreds of gardens, given that the dam’s evacuation measures were not adopted in a timely fashion.  For this reason, the water level overflowed the dam, leading to the destruction seen downstream.

For more information (in Spanish):

Fotografias sobre la situación actual de la zona del CECOP-Guerrero 3 OCTUBRE 2013 (Hijos de la Madre Tierra, 3 de octubre de 2013)

Acuerda el Cecop recorrer comunidades para sumar gente a querella contra CFE (Jornada de Guerrero, 8 de octubre de 2013)

Anuncia Cecop demanda internacional contra la CFE por abrir las compuertas de la presa (La Jornada de Guerrero, 6 de octubre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Humanitarian crisis caused by tropical storm Manuel continues in the Mountain (5 October 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)


Guerrero: Humanitarian crisis caused by tropical storm Manuel continues in the Mountain

October 5, 2013

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Llano de Tepehuaje, Metlatónoc municipality. Photo @Tlachinollan

In the region of the Mountain, thousands of indigenous persons have abandoned at least 48 communities due to hazards and the loss of 80% of the crops that were devastated by the severe rainsfalls brought by tropical storm Manuel, noted Javier Guerrero, subsecretary for Social Development.  During a meeting carried out in the Catholic House, which has become a shelter of sorts in Tlapa de Comonfort for more than 160 displaced indigenous persons, Guerrero reported that the federal highways Tlapa-Marquelia and Tlapa-Metlatónoc, the two principal routes that connect the poorest municipalities of the country, have been destroyed.  The residents of different communities such as Tilapa and Santa Cruz del Rincón report that the highway has simply disappeared.

A 30 September communique from the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights mentions that “in accordance with the Secretary for Social Development (SEDESOL), there are 48 communities that continue to lack access by aerial and terrestrial routes, though this statistic could increase considering that in the municipalities of Acatepec, Metlatónoc, and Cochoapa it is practically impossible to maintain constant communication.  Attention by means of air is insufficient and the criteria for the definition of routes for helicopters lack transparency.”  Of the 700 indigenous communities located in the Mountain region of Guerrero, to date there has been had contact with only about 100, claims Tlachinollan.  The official statistics speak of 33 dead, according to the report released on 26 September by Civil Protection, but the testimonies collected by Tlachinollan mention at least 42 dead, without taking into account the disappeared.

On 23 September, indigenous peoples of the Mountain formed the Council of Authorities Affected by the Storm, which will be the voice of the people.  Abel Barrera, director of Tlachinollan, indicates that the members of the Council will insist that they not be excluded from decision-making processes.  In his view, what usually happens is that the mayors meet behind closed doors with the Army and State authorities and make decisions behind the backs of the displaced, with the result that aid and resources are mobilized without consulting local residents.

For more information (in Spanish):

En la Montaña, miles de desplazados y 80% de cultivos arrasados: Sedesol (Proceso, 29 de septiembre de 2013)

Crece el aislamiento en comunidades de la Montaña (La Jornada, 29 de septiembre de 2013)

Después del diluvio (La Jornada, 30 de septiembre de 2013)

Continúa crisis humanitaria en La Montaña (Tlachinollan, 30 de septiembre de 2013)

Fotogalería de Tlachinollan

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)