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(en) US, Portland, UNFINISHED BUSINESS* #2 - Paramilitaries Attack Indigenous Autonomous Community of La Soledad in Oaxaca, Mexico

Date Sun, 14 Aug 2005 06:54:24 +0300

Brothers and sisters of the world:
Today July 20, 2005, at 10 pm the state of repres-
sion against the community of Trapiche La Soledad,
Sola de Vega is deteriorating. Since yesterday July
19 from 10 pm onwards, the authorities of the com-
munity San Cristobal, Sola de Vega have installed a
blockade in the only entrance that reaches the com-
munity of La Soledad.
Two thick tree trunks, and a large chain were laid
across the path, about 20 to 30 people (including
children) armed with rifles, sticks, and machetes,
hold 10 to 12 hour long guards, checking all the vehi-
cles that want to pass. The main order is that no per-
son is to leave, and to allow only certain people to
enter. Our brothers and sisters have been kid-
napped, with the protection of the municipal preven-
tive police that allow the paramilitaries of San
Cristobal to violate human and constitutional rights
with impunity. We also denounce the death threat
that is upon all of the members of the CIPO-RFM, from
the region or from the organizing committee; the
order is to kill them if they go there.
The situation gets more complicated by the day to
get food and medicine in.
The municipal preventive state police (about 50 of
them) have already been present in the place of con-
flict. But they limit themselves to look upon the
scene, and worse, participate in the blockade and
live with those who participate in the blockade;
together, paramilitaries and police are all armed. For
this reason, Melchor Silva Lopez, authority of San
Cristobal, has been advised on the conditions
caused by aggressions in which the children, men
and women of the community are finding themselves
in. His only response was, "nothing will happen, until
a general assembly of the people gives a response."
But the so called assembly has never taken place, it
is only another swindle to continue acting with
impunity with the complacency of the state govern-
The government delegate announced that he
would have a meeting with the president of Sola de
Vega but did not confirm if he would assist in spite of
the urgency of the problem.
The death threats continue, the gun shots can still
be heard and the authorities, when they should be
protecting, simply do not appear. The State
Commission for Human Rights has done absolutely
nothing to prevent the aggression on people travel-
ling, even when knowing perfectly well about these
aggressions. For many months we have been
denouncing these aggressions to this institution as
well as the Attorney of Justice.
To summarize, Oaxaca is no man`s land where
everything revolves around economic interests, with-
out caring who they have to trample on.
Today more than ever, the lives of the people of La
Soledad, and in particular the representatives and
members of the CIPO-RFM are in danger.
The State Governor, the Chamber of Deputies, the
Attorney General of State Justice, the Municipal
President of Villa Sola de Vega, and the State
Commission of Human Rights in Oaxaca are aware
of this situation,yet have not intervened in solving
the conflict, and are aware of all the problems that
exist between the community of Soledad, Sola de
Vega with San Cristoba.
What they have done is to tolerate, conceal, and give
impunity, as a form of attacking and destroying
autonomous organizational processes, like the ones
of the communities of the CIPO-RFM.
That is why we hold: Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, state gov-
ernor, Jorge Franco Vargas, Government Secretary,
president of State Congress, and the State
Commission of Human Rights of Oaxaca responsible
of any act of violence.
We demand the intervention of the President of
Mexico, Vicente Fox, who has said, that human
rights will be respected, and would like to point out
that the municipal president of Sola de Vega also
belongs to the same party as him: the PAN.
Popular Indigenous Council of Oaxaca- Ricardo
Flores Magon
* Unfinished Buisness: Agitational publication of the
U..B.. B U P.o. Box 112 Portland, O R 97232

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