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(en) US-Mexico, top the Repression Against the CIPO-RFM!

Date Fri, 01 Jul 2005 08:24:01 +0300

The Mexican government of Vicente Fox has rejected the
constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples, yet on the
other hand; has increased the number of soldiers and paramilitaries
in the communities of Chiapas, Guerrero and principally in Oaxaca.
“Our struggle is not for power. To change one power for
another. But for the policy of communal good, of community
life, of justice. It is the policy against impunity, against
injustices, against death.” - The Popular Indigenous
Council of Oaxaca-Ricardo Flores Magón (CIPO-RFM) The
Mexican government of Vicente Fox has rejected the
constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples, yet on the
other hand; has increased the number of soldiers and
paramilitaries in the communities of Chiapas, Guerrero and
principally in Oaxaca. Only a few months after the
appointment of the new government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz in the
south western state of Oaxaca, there has been deterioration in
the social and political situation and in particular regarding the
political rights of Indigenous peoples. Evidence of this situation
are the political crimes, community confrontations, unjust
detentions, and the criminalization of social struggles. One of
the Indigenous organizations suffering the most repression in
all of Mexico and particularly in Oaxaca is the Popular
Indigenous Council of Oaxaca- Ricardo Flores Magón
(CIPO-RFM). Even though they are against the use of arms,
the history of the CIPO-RFM has been marked by persecution
and repression. Since the creation of this organization of
communities in 1997, there have been: 517 people
detained/tortured; 103 raids by the military, police and
paramilitaries in the communities of the organization, 81 arrest
warrants for crimes they did not commit; 229 criminal, civil,
and mercantile trials; 27 assassinations and 263 serious
injuries. At the moment, one of the more known members,
Raúl Gatica, lives practically clandestine due to attempts
against his life he has suffered. Also an undetermined number
of the inhabitants of Lagunilla, Morelos Yosonotu, San Isidro
Aloapam and Santa Maria de Yaviche live displaced from their
communities for fear of being murdered or jailed, their only
crime being to organize themselves in the defense of their
rights as peoples. In this moment, 16 members of the
CIPO-RFM still remain imprisoned. The CIPO-RFM is an
Indigenous, social, democratic organization formed by many
peoples in Oaxaca. After years of exploitation, genocide, and
culturalization, the Indigenous population in Mexico again
took up the struggle in the 90’s. Inspired by the
revolutionary and intellectual Indigenous anarchist leader,
Ricardo Flores Magón, the Magonist Indigenous Movement
was formed. At the beginning, it was created by teachers
spreading the ideals of anti-capitalism and the recovery of the
Indigenous identity. Years later, on November 18, 1997, the
CIPO-RFM was created conglomerating a series of leftist
organizations (from anarchists to marxists) and Indigenous
ones. At the present time, the CIPO-RFM is a political,
cultural organization with about 900 members, and
conglomerates about 30 municipalities that follow Indigenous
and libertarian ways and customs. The slogan of the
CIPO-RFM is “liberty, justice, autonomy” and these
principles are a reality. They practice concepts of mutual aid,
economic self-management and autonomy, free association of
the communities and peoples, direct action, and they reject all
political parties. The struggle against machismo and the
defense of the forests are key elements for the Magonists.
They carry out these ideals in projects and campaigns, for
example in cooperatives, educational programs, cultural
projects and mobilizations against oppressive policies imposed
by the structures of power. They organize marches and sit-ins
demanding that the government recognize Indigenous rights
and against the business projects like the free trade agreements
and globalization that destroy Indigenous communities and
steal wealth from the Indigenous and the poor. The Magonist
Movement is therefore not only a movement of resistance, a
political and economic revolution, but also a great cultural
project. The state however, tries by all means to destroy the
Indigenous and libertarian way of life. The CIPO-RFM
organizes protests in the capital, Oaxaca de Juárez trying to
defend themselves, influencing the public opinion, they gather
international support, and they collect signatures and reports.
They denounce the situation of repression through all means
of communication. The Magonist movement represents a
libertarian alternative to this catastrophe which is the capitalist
system. That is why it is of urgent importance to support the
CIPO-RFM. To find out more about the CIPO-RFM and how
you can support them, contact Boston por CIPO-RFM, P.O.
Box 505054, Chelsea, MA 02150,
bostonporciporfm@yahoo.com or call 617-499-1921.
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* CIPO-RFM is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist

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