Guerrero: Asecinan a promotor, fundador y líder de la policía ciudadana en Guerrero

August 11, 2015
Familiares y amigos acudieron a velar el cuerpo de Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco @BBC Mundo

Familiares y amigos acudieron a velar el cuerpo de Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco @BBC Mundo

El 8 de agosto fue asesinado Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco, promotor de la Unión de Pueblos y Organizaciones del Estado de Guerrero (Upoeg), en las inmediaciones del poblado Xaltianguis, municipio de Acapulco. De acuerdo a La Jornada, Miguel “fue designado por la dirigencia de la Upoeg el año pasado –poco después de la desaparición de los 43 estudiantes de la Normal de Ayotzinapa el pasado 26 de septiembre, en Iguala– para apoyar la búsqueda de ´los otros desaparecidos´”.

Indignado ante la falta de acción por parte de las autoridades, Miguel recorría regularmente los cerros de Guerrero cavando en busca de cuerpos y buscando pistas. Además, ayudó a organizar un grupo que se llama “Los otros desaparecidos de Iguala”, formado en su mayor parte por mujeres, que se encuentran cada domingo para buscar los restos de los estudiantes.

Para más información:

México: matan a Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco, el activista que lideró la búsqueda de los 43 estudiantes de Iguala (BBC Mundo, 9 de agosto de 2015)

Guerrero: asesinan a líder de la Upoeg; encabezaba búsqueda de desaparecidos (La Jornada, 8 de agosto de 2015)

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

November 3, 2014

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Mobilization “A light for Ayotzinapa” in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Photo@SIPAZ

On 22 October, the protest-day “A light for Ayotzinapa” was held in dozens of cities in Mexico and abroad.  In Mexico City itself, 50,000 participated in the march, according to city authorities.  In Iguala, protestors marched the same route taken by the normalist students before they were attacked by police.  In Chiapas, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) carried out a prayer and protest.  Furthermore, thousands of citizens, including students and teachers, participated in the mobilizations in several cities of the state.  Students from different educational centers throughout the world joined the action, manifesting themselves in their countries for the disappearances of the 43 students.

On 23 October, Navy units arrested José Luis Abarca, former mayor of Iguala, and his wife Maria de Los Ángeles Pineda Villa, who have been indicated by the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) as those who ordered the disappearance of the 43 students on 26 September.  Following their arrest, they were required to declare themselves before the Specialized Subprosecutorial Office for Investigations into Organized Crime (SEIDO).  The arrest was executed by the Navy with support from the PGR in a hotel in the capital of Veracruz state.

Also on 23 October, following weeks of calls to this end from all standpoints, Ángel Aguirre Rivero, governor of Guerrero, publicly announced his resignation before the state congress over the Iguala case.  He began the announcement by summarizing the advances his administration had made in the Iguala case, though he did not provide any information regarding the actual whereabouts of the disappeared.  In fact, the administration of Ángel Aguirre Rivero began with the murder of two other normalist students from Ayotzinapa: Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús and Jorge Alexis Herrera Pino were shot dead by federal and ministerial police on the Sol Highway on 12 December as they were clearing a blockade. This case continues in impunity.

The same day, nine new mass-gravesites were located in the La Parota zone near Iguala by communards who are members of the Union of Peoples and Organizations from Guerrero State (UPOEG).  They referred their findings to the federal police for investigation.

In other news, the European Parliament on 23 October approved a resolution condemning the events in Iguala that calls for the European Union (EU) to restrengthen its cooperation with Mexico in terms of human rights.  The resolution demands the continuation of investigations “until the students [are found to be] safe,” lamenting the “apparent infiltration of organized crime in local police and administrative organizations.”  The resolution presented the government of Enrique Peña Nieto as a victim of organized crime, and not as a principally responsible party in the acts.  In this sense, the European Green Party and the Unified European Left/Nordic Greens decided to distance themselves from this declaration and instead released their own proposal for resolution.  Both groups support the intervention in Mexico of the International Criminal Court (ICC) located in the Hague, as well as the suspension of the bilateral Global Mexico-EU accord, security agreements, and the arms trade with Mexico.  This alternative resolution interprets the events of Ayotzinapa as a spiral of violence that originates in years of impunity and broken promises by Mexican authorities.

For more information (in Spanish):

Detiene a exedil de Iguala y a su esposa (Eje Central, 24 de cotubre de 2014)

Parlamento Europeo condena desaparición de normalistas (El Universal, 23 de octubre de 2014)

Rechaza Parlamento Europeo condenar a México (El Universal, 22 de octubre de 2014)

Se divide Parlamento Europeo por desapariciones en Ayotzinapa(Proceso, 22 de octubre de 2014)
Tomó por sorpresa a diputados decisión de Aguirre de renunciar: Campos Aburto (La Jornada de Guerrero, 24 de octubre de 2014)

Hallazgo de 9 fosas más en Iguala; “había mochilas y lapiceros”: UPOEG(Aristegui Noticias, 24 de octubre de 2014)

Cobertura de marcha por Ayotzinapa: padres dan plazo de 2 días a autoridades (La Jornada, 22 de octubre de 2014)

“Nuestra luz es una forma de abrazar a quienes hoy hacen falta”: EZLN (Chiapas Paralelo, 23 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: New actions by the EZLN to support Ayotzinapa (26 October 2014)

Guerrero: Contradictory versions regarding findings from graves in Iguala three weeks after the forced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa – Protests are radicalized (26 October 2014)

National/International: Multiple mobilizations and marches for the “Pain” and “Rage” of Ayotzinapa (12 October 2014)

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

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

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


Guerrero: Contradictory versions regarding findings from graves in Iguala three weeks after the forced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa – protests are radicalized

October 25, 2014

Protesta ante caso Ayotzinapa (@pocamadrenews.blogspot.com)

Protest for the Ayotzinapa case (@pocamadrenews.wordpress.com)

More than three weeks after the forcible disappearance of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, their whereabouts are still unknown.  6 mass-grave sites have been identified containing at least 28 cadavers.  According to Jesús Murillo Karam, head of the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR), the DNA evidence does not match that of the 43 students.  Argentine specialists who joined the work to identify the bodies that have been located have claimed that this conclusion cannot be definitively reached yet, and that an additional 15 days to 2 months would be required for them to present their conclusions.  For their part, relatives of the disappeared students and communal police from the Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State (UPOEG) have located four new grave-sites.

In the meanwhile, protests continue both in Guerrero, as in other parts of the Mexican Republic.  Teachers from the State Coordination of Educational Workers of Guerrero (CETEG) and comrades of the students occupied banks and radio stations in Chilpancingo.  One day prior, governmental offices burned in the same city.  The protests have been increasingly radicalized, leading state governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero to report that mayors of 16 of the 81 municipalities of the state decided to suspend activities in said municipalities on Friday 17 October so as to “avoid all types of confrontations,” making reference to the protests that were expected to demand the presentation of the disappeared students.

The Ayotzinapa case has also generated repudiation outside of Mexico.  On 12 October, the representative of the European Union (EU) condemned the violent acts in the Tlatlaya municipality, Mexico State (wherein 22 civilians died, 14 due to gunfire and 8 other due to executions carried out by 3 soldiers after they surrendered on 30 June), a well as the crimes committed against students in the Iguala municipality of Guerrero.

For more information (in Spanish):

18 ayuntamientos de Guerrero cierran ante protestas por el caso Ayotzinapa (CNN México, 16 de octubre de 2014)

 Y luego de 19 días, con 50 detenidos y 10 fosas, los 43 siguen desaparecidos (Sin embargo, 15 de octubre de 2014)

Halla la UPOEG cuatro fosas y una osamenta de mujer en el cerro Gordo, en Iguala (El Sur de Acapulco, 15 de octubre de 2014)

Miles de universitarios exigen justicia por caso Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 15 de octubre de 2014)

Equipo argentino refuta a la PGR: no identifica aún cuerpos de fosas de Iguala. (Proceso, 14 de octubre de 2014)

La Unión Europea expresa su preocupación por los casos Tlatlaya e Iguala (CNN México, 12 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/International: Multiple mobilizations and marches for the “Pain” and “Rage” of Ayotzinapa (12 October 2014)

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

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

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


National: Thousands of persons participate in the March for Life in Mexico City

March 26, 2013

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Photo @megafono.lunasexta.org

Thousands participated in the March for Life organized by the Network of Autonomous Anticapitalist Resistance (RRAA) left from the Ángel de la Independencia toward the Zócalo of Mexico City on Wednesday 13 March, while activities in solidarity were carried out in another 20 states of Mexico.  During the march there were made many slogans, including rejections of the war against the people and opposition to the rape of Mother Earth, megaprojects, the disappearance of employment, militarization, repression and criminalization of social protest, and attacks on the autonomy of indigenous peoples.

Raúl de Jesús Cabrera, coordinator of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC) from the House for Justice in San Luís Acatlán, Guerrero, once again stressed the posture of the CRAC in terms of the context of the present discussions regarding self-defense processes and communal police: “Today we have come with 50 people to demonstrate to the federal government that our struggle has always been from below.  We come to totally reject the place of mining firms in Guerrero, which operate mainly in communal territories.  We also reject the decree that the Guerrero state governor Ángel Heladio Aguirre has released, calling for the Communal Police to integrate into the state apparatus, and for the community to be the subject of the federal government, as he desires.  We will not allow this, because our rulers are the people.  There is our base […].  We would like to report to Mexican society that it not be deceived by the media, because the media at times lie.  There is a great deal of confusion now regarding the relationship between the Communal Police and the Union of Peoples and Organizations of the State of Guerrero (UPOEG) and self-defense in Guerrero.  We do not have links or ties with them.  We are independent and autonomous.”

For more information (in Spanish):

México DF: Voces desde la Marcha por la Vida(www.megafono.lunasexta.org 14 de marzo de 2013)

México: Durante Marcha por la Vida, Viudas de Pasta de Conchos piden justicia (Kaos en la Red, 15 de marzo de 2013)

El variopinto México de abajo marcha por la vida (Desinformémonos, 18 de marzo de 2013)

For more information (in Spanish):

Guerrero: CRAC-PC demystifies journalistic claims regarding UPOEG (20 March 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: Governor Aguirre intervenes in situation of insecurity in Ayutla. Communal Police repeats: “it is not us” (24 January 2013)

Guerrero: Self-defense against organized crime in 4 municipalities (15 January 2013)

Guerrero: Social insurrection in Olinalá against organized crime (9 November 2012)


Guerrero: CRAC-PC demystifies journalistic claims regarding UPOEG

March 20, 2013

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Meeting in San Luis Acatlán, 17 February 2013. Photo @SIPAZ

On 6 March, the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) released a communiqué in which it demystifies the content of articles published in various media on the same day.  According to these sources, the CRAC would propose joint communal work with the Union of Peoples and Organizations of the State of Guerrero (UPOEG) and would permit the entrance of mining firms into communities pertaining to the CRAC.  In the communiqué released by the CRAC, it declares that these news “are absolutely untrue, and do not represent the position of our communal institution.  We have on several occasions made public our disagreement with the groups of self-defense promoted by the UPOEG, and for this reason in no way do we think we can change our mode of action with regards to the security of the communities that make up our communal system.”  The communiqué goes on to indicate that “in relation to the mines, our communities and peoples have manifested on several occasions their total rejection of the installation of mining firms on communal lands.  We believe that these notes and the means by which they were published represent a provocation on the part of governmental and media agencies to confuse the people and produce lack of confidence in our authorities.”

For more information (in Spanish):

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Anuncia CRAC trabajo Conjunto con UPOEG para bien de las comunidades (Novedades Acapulco, 6 de marzo de 2013)

Policía comunitaria colaborará con autodefensa en Guerrero (El Mexicano, 6 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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: Governor Aguirre intervenes in situation of insecurity in Ayutla. Communal Police repeats: “it is not us” (24 January 2013)

Guerrero: Self-defense against organized crime in 4 municipalities (15 January 2013)

Guerrero: Social insurrection in Olinalá against organized crime (9 November 2012)


Guerrero: Communal Police expresses itself in light of situation in the Montaña and Costa Chica

February 26, 2013

Policías comunitarias, agosto de 2012 (@La Voz del Anahuac)

On 13 February, in the offices of CENCOS in Mexico City, the word of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC) was shared with regards to the situations experienced in the Montaña and Costa Chica regions of Guerrero.  The communique mentions  the agreements that have been reached following a dialogue between the communal and agrarian authorities as well as the communal police and residents in general, together with a commission of protesting authorities, which had occupied the CRAC’s House of Justice in San Luis Acatán.

  1. The CRAC will recover the House of Justice and the protestors will allow for the development of the activities in a normal fashion, without obstructing any activities.
  2. The municipal commissars of the CRAC communities, jointly with a commission of authorities of the protestors, will lead the call for a new regional assembly, to be held on 23 February, in the auditorium of the San Isidro neighborhood in San Luis Acatlán.
  3. Due to that which has occurred in some communities where the order was given to arrest coordinators and regional commanders, it has been agreed that the municipal commissars should immediately suspend arrest-orders.
  4. The representatives of both sides agree not to offend each other, attack each other, or take revenge against the coordinators and regional commanders, nor against the commission of protestors in the House of Justice.
  5. The call for the Regional Assembly for 23 February will be signed and distributed by the representatives of both parties.
  6. The regional assembly of 23 February will be for the exit of the coordinators and regional commanders, as well as for the nomination and/or ratification of the new regional coordinators and commanders in the four communal houses of justice (San Luis Acatlán, Espino Blanco, Zitlaltepec, and El Paraíso).

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa: Policia Comunitaria de Guerrero da postura ante la situación en la Montaña y Costa Chica y la actual ofensiva por autoridades estatales (CRAC-PC, 13 de febrero de 2013)

Con acuerdos y diálogo entre todas las partes, pone la Crac fin a pugna interna (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de febrero de 2013)

Retoma policía comunitaria casa de justicia de San Luis Acatlán (La Jornada, 13 de febrero 2013)

Rechazan regulación de Policías Comunitarias (El Universal, 13 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Authorities linked to the UPOEG occupy the House of Justice of the CRAC in San Luis Acatlán (26 February 2013)

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre intervenes in situation of insecurity in Ayutla. Communal Police repeats: “it is not us” (24 January 2013)

Guerrero: Self-defense against organized crime in 4 municipalities (15 January 2013)

Guerrero: Social insurrection in Olinalá against organized crime (9 November 2012)

 


Guerrero: Authorities linked to the UPOEG occupy House of Justice of the CRAC in San Luis Acatlán

February 26, 2013

Policías Comunitarias (@SIPAZ Archivo)

Communal police (@SIPAZ archives)

On 10 February, a group of members of the Union of Peoples and Organizations of the State of Guerrero (UPOEG) occupied the House of Justice of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) in San Luis Acatlán following a meeting that had been proposed in Santa Cruz del Rincón which was then moved to Jolotichán.  This meeting was not attended by the protestors.

Beyond facing a possible governmental decree that seeks to institutionalize its operations, for the CRAC the occupation of its offices by the UPOEG represents “a direct aggression against the communal system,” said the CRAC.  The coordination called on social organizations to take heed of the situation, “which represents an escalation in aggression on the part of the UPOEG against the communal system” of justice.

Además de afrontar un posible decreto gubernamental que pretende institucionalizar su funcionamiento, la toma de sus instalaciones por parte de la UPOEG representa “una agresión directa contra el sistema comunitario”, denunció la CRAC. La Coordinadora llamó a las organizaciones sociales a estar pendientes del conflicto, “que representa una escalada en las agresiones de la UPOEG al sistema comunitario” de justicia.

For more information (in Spanish):

Toman autoridades vinculadas a la UPOEG la Casa de Justicia de la CRAC en San Luis Acatlán (El Sur de Acapulco, 10 de febrero de 2013)

Guerrero: toma UPOEG instalación comunitaria (La Jornada, 9 de febrero de 2013)

La Policía Comunitaria de Guerrero, frente al riesgo más grave de su existencia (Desinformemonos, 11 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre intervenes in situation of insecurity in Ayutla. Communal Police repeats: “it is not us” (24 January 2013)

Guerrero: Self-defense against organized crime in 4 municipalities (15 January 2013)

Guerrero: Social insurrection in Olinalá against organized crime (9 November 2012)