Álvaro Obregón, Juchitán, 26 March 2014
ATTEMPTED LYNCHING OF ZAPOTEC PEASANT IN THE EJIDO ZAPATA, ÁLVARO OBREGÓN
This past 22 March, a group of people from COCEI (Coalition of Workers, Peasants, and Students of the Isthmus) led by Saúl Vicente and Héctor Sánchez from the Ejido Emiliano Zapata, agency of Juchitán, during the night attacked with rocks, tried to break into the home, and burned the branches on the patio of compañero Noé López Vázquez, 64 years old, Zapotec peasant and member of the Council of Elders of Álvaro Obregón. The family of the compañero were in the house at the time of the attack, including his daughter in law who is pregnant and had to be hospitalized as a result of the events. They were able to clearly identify the aggressors, who were: Israel López, Leyder Vásquez, Huarino Enrique de la Cruz, Misael López, María López, Margarita López, Sebastiana López Gómez, Leonarda Charis, Antonia López, Estela Jiménez, Tomás Vázquez, Magnolia Luis López, Margarita López Guerra, Eloisa Luis López, Lorena Luis López, Marcelina Ruiz Luis, and Roque López Núñez. The latter tried to break open the door of the house with a concrete block, and he is someone who has already been previously denounced (complaint 636/CJR-DC-MR/2012) for previous attacks and threats. In light of these recent attacks, a complaint has already been lodged, contained in file number 1291/JU/2014.
The compañero was one of the members of the community who one year ago, in February 2013, questioned the presence of the then candidate (now municipal president) Saúl Vicente Vázquez in Álvaro Obregón (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOLQq5Qc8Js&feature=youtube) in the midst of the struggle that the Huave and Zapotec communities are carrying out against the wind energy firm Mareña Renovables. He, along with members of the Community Assembly, informed Saúl Vicente and his political operatives that political parties would no longer be permitted to enter the community, since the parties had betrayed them by negotiating the entry of Mareña Renovables without consulting them. Furthermore the compañero is under investigation for a complaint by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), in the 7th Federal District Court in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, which shows the way the State and its allies criminalize and persecute human rights defenders.
We also denounce that members of the Community Assembly of Álvaro Obregón are being constantly attacked and harrassed by political operatives of the municipal president and COCEI (which is a clientelistic organization, allied with all the political parties and foreign firms). The same day in the morning they burned the outer part of the former hacienda of General Charis, where the resistance barricade is located (Complaint 1289/JU/2014), and in the afternoon they detained and tried to lynch 11 compañeros of the Community Police, in the ejido Emiliano Zapata.
WE DEMAND AN END TO THE HARRASSMENT AND PERSECUTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN DEFENSE OF THE TERRITORY!
THE LAND, THE SEA, AND THE WIND ARE NOT FOR SALE, THEY ARE TO BE LOVED AND DEFENDED!
ASSEMBLY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE ISTHMUS IN DEFENSE OF THE LAND AND TERRITORY.