URGENT COMMUNIQUÉ ATTEMPT ON THE LIFE OF A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY POLICE OF ÁLVARO OBREGÓN.

Today 9 April 2014 at approximately 8:00pm, gunmen in the service of Jorge Alonso, dressed in civilian clothes aboard a patrol vehicle of the municipality of Juchitán, which is headed by Saúl Vicente Vázquez, attempted to assassinate a member of the “Binni Guiapa Guidxi – General Charis Community Police” of the Binnizá community of Gui’xhi’ Ro’ – Álvaro Obregón.

The events occurred on the main street of the community, very close to the community agency. The community police member named Moisés Jiménez was on the street on his day off, when the patrol vehicle of the municipality of Juchitán passed by with the gunmen onboard. They fired 8 times at compañero Moisés, who fortunately was not hit by any of the bullets as he managed to throw himself to the ground and hide in a safe place.

At this moment at 11:40pm, there is an atmosphere of tension in the community due to the possibility of new aggressions in the coming hours. We fear for the physical integrity and the life of our compañeros and for those of us who have decided to struggle for our right to autonomy and self-determination as the indigenous people that we are.

We ask the solidarity organizations, communications media and civil society to remain attentive to the information that will continue to be released about the situation of violence that our peoples are experiencing in the defense of our territory.

STOP THE HARRASSMENT AGAINST THE BINNIZÁ COMMUNITY OF GUI’ XHI’ RO’ – ÁLVARO OBREGÓN!

RESPECT THE AUTONOMY AND SELF-DETERMIINATION OF GUI’XHI’ RO’ –

ÁLVARO OBREGÓN!

ASSEMBLY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE ISTHMUS IN DEFENSE OF

THE LAND AND TERRITORY.

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DECLARATION OF THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS CNI – ISTHMUS

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS REGION OF THE ISTHMUS
OF TEHUANTEPEC

DECLARATION OF THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS

CNI – ISTHMUS

Binnizá Community of Gui’xhi’ Ro’-Álvaro Obregón, Juchitán.

Isthmus of Tehuantepec

29 March 2014

The Binnizá, Ikoot, Ayuuk, Chol, Nuntaj+yi, Nahua, Zoque and Mestizo peoples of the States of Oaxaca, Veracruz, Chiapas and Mexico City, compañeros of the 14th of June Teachers’ and Popular Collective, of the United Struggle Front of the Popular Assembly of Peoples of Oaxaca (FUL APPO) Juchitán section, of the Ayuuk Higher Intercultural Institute of Jaltepec de Candayoc and the Asunción Ixtaltepec Ikoojt High School of San Mateo del Mar, as well as visitors from countries such as Italy, France, and the United States, and international observers from Peace Brigades International (PBI), who participated in the first session of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) – region of the Isthmus, met in this Zapotec community of Gui’xhi’ Ro’ – Álvaro Obregón, which is currently struggling for the defense of its territory against transnational wind energy firms and for the construction of their autonomy. We were received by the compañeros of the community council, the council of elders, and protected by the Binni Guia’pa’ Guidxi’ – the “General Charis” community police of this community, who continue more firmly than ever despite the constant harassment that they have suffered in recent months from the municipal and state governments and from the leaders of the COCEI-PRD-PT and PRI political parties of Juchitán, Oaxaca. Sigue leyendo

ATTEMPTED LYNCHING OF ZAPOTEC PEASANT IN THE EJIDO ZAPATA, ÁLVARO OBREGÓN

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. Sigue leyendo

COMMUNIQUÉ 04 MARCH 2014 ÁLVARO OBREGÓN WILL CONTINUE WITH THE DEFENSE AND SELF-DETERMINATION OF ITS TERRITORY, IN THE FACE OF ANYONE WHO THREATENS THEM.

Colony of Álvaro Obregón, Juchitán, Oaxaca, 4 March 2014.

COMMUNIQUÉ 04 MARCH 2014

ÁLVARO OBREGÓN WILL CONTINUE WITH THE DEFENSE AND SELF-DETERMINATION OF ITS TERRITORY, IN THE FACE OF ANYONE WHO THREATENS THEM.

Yesterday 3 March in the evening, we met in a General Assembly of the Community of Álvaro Obregón, more than 800 women and men of this community to express ourselves regarding the events that took place on 2 March, and then to inform our fellow citizens, compañeros, indigenous peoples and all those who have been in solidarity with our just and worthy struggle: Sigue leyendo

COMMUNIQUÉ 22 February 2014 APIIDTT: Fenosa Natural Gas Company, which is building the “BII HIOXHO” wind energy park, plunders Zapotec indigenous communal landholding.

Juchitán de Zaragoza, Isthmus of Tehuantepec to february 22, 2014.

To the indigenous Peoples of México and the World

To the communications media

To Human Rights organizations

To national and international civil society

 

Fenosa Natural Gas Company, which is building the “BII HIOXHO” wind energy park, plunders Zapotec indigenous communal landholding.

We denounce that the Fenosa Natural Gas Company is carrying out construction work on the lands of compañero Pedro Martínez Guerra. Since January the employees of this firm began to build a dirt road on his land, causing damage such as the loss of three cows, burning of vegetation, deforestation and compacting of the soil to build the road. When the compañeros went to speak with the employees to ask why they were doing construction on their lands without authorization, they named the engineer Ricardo Morales as the person responsible for the work and told them to contact him and ask him to come, but he never arrived.

Therefore, on 30 January a criminal complaint was filed against the firm for plunder, with file number 440/JUN/2014, establishing that compañero Pedro Martínez does not have any rental contract with the firm, since on 28 July 2009 the compañero won the cancellation of his 30 year rental contract with that firm, which he was able to do after a major battle in which 75 contracts were canceled.

Currently the compañero has no contract with the firm authorizing them to carry out any kind of construction, but the Agent of the Public Ministry of Juchitán, Lic. Kassim Hernández Pinacho, has not conducted an investigation, nor called on the firm to suspend construction while the conflict is ongoing, but instead he asked the compañeros to prove that the affected land was theirs. As a result the construction work continues and now there is already a transmission tower on the lands of the compañero.

We are announcing that starting today there is a guard posted in the lands of compañero Pedro, to prevent the workers from Natural Gas from continuing the construction. Likewise, actions will be taken to avoid this plunder and to hold the firm responsible for the damages caused on the land.

We hold the Attorney General of the State of Oaxaca responsible for acting with negligence, omission and complicity to permit the plunder of territory by transnational enterprises.

We hold Fenosa Natural Gas responsible for the physical integrity of the compañeros who are standing guard, since the firm has armed paramilitaries protecting their construction works.

We demand the departure of the Unión Fenosa Company from the comunal lands of Juchitán!

The land, the sea, the wind, are not for sale, they are to be loved and defended!

Assembly of the Indigenous Peoples of the Isthmus in Defense of land and Territory.

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POLITICAL OPERATIVES OF THE MUNICIPAL PRESIDENT OF JUCHITAN SAUL VICENTE VAZQUEZ AND OF THE EX–PRESIDENT MARIANO SANTANA, ISSUED DEATH TREATS AGAINST EDUARDO TOLEDO OROZCO, MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF ALVARO OBREGON, JUCHITAN, OAXACA.

Colony of Álvaro Obregón, Juchitán, Oaxaca, January 22, 2014.
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POLITICAL OPERATIVES OF THE MUNICIPAL PRESIDENT OF JUCHITAN SAUL VICENTE VAZQUEZ AND OF THE EX–PRESIDENT MARIANO SANTANA, ISSUED DEATH TREATS AGAINST EDUARDO TOLEDO OROZCO, MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF ALVARO OBREGON, JUCHITAN, OAXACA.

The General Assembly of Álvaro Obregón decided to place barricades to control the entry of outside persons, and that is how last Saturday January 18, the community police intercepted a pickup truck with three persons onboard, who identified themselves as Ernesto Sánchez Jiménez, Humberto Montaño Sánchez and Teresa Terán Vega.  They were going to a meeting to designate as authorities of Álvaro Obregón members of the PT-PRD parties, following the instructions of the municipal president Saúl Vicente Vázquez, who had been an Expert member of the Permanent Forum of the United Nations on Indigenous Issues during the period 2011-2013, when it dealt with topics related to Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Sigue leyendo

PRESS RELEASE: COMMUNITY AUTHORITIES OF ALVARO OBREGON REQUEST ACCREDITATION FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF OAXACA.

ASSEMBLY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE ISTHMUS IN DEFENSE OF THE LAND AND TERRITORY

PRESS RELEASE

COMMUNITY AUTHORITIES OF ALVARO OBREGON REQUEST ACCREDITATION FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF OAXACA.

On January 14, 2014, the indigenous community council of the Colony of Álvaro Obregón, Juchitán, based on the specifications in Articles 2, Section A, subsections II and III, 8 of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, Articles 16, 19, and 25 Section A, subsection II, and 79 last paragraph of the Political Constitution of the Free and Sovereign State of Oaxaca, this January 14, 2014 we appeal to the General Secretary of the Government of Oaxaca to request the issuance of our respective ACCREDITATIONS as municipal authorities in the respective posts that were conferred on us by the General Assembly of the citizens of our Municipal Agency, held on December 8, 2013, to exercise these functions during the years 2014 to 2016. Sigue leyendo