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(en) Mexico, CIPO-RFM: Who We Are and Why We Fight

Date Wed, 01 Feb 2006 20:36:01 +0200

Below is a press release explaining who and what The Consejo Indgena
Popular de Oaxaca "Ricardo Flores Magn" CIPO-RFM is, along with
current and up-to-date information about Raul Gatica, who's life is
currently in danger due to the mexican governments desire to silence
our voice. See also our website: www.nodo50.org/cipo
What we desire besides spreading general awareness about our
movement, is contacts in other nations, in NGOs, activist groups,
solidarity networks, and media to put immediate pressure on the
Mexican government in case of an imminent human rights crises. [ ...
] please help us build a support network for this very important movement.

We would like to have you on our list of contacts to keep you
informed of any developments and to have as an emergency cont act
for urgent information.

Luke Woodyard
CIPO-RFM English corespondent


CIPO-RFM: Who We Are and Why We Fight
The Consejo Indgena Popular de Oaxaca Ricardo Flores Magn CIPO-RFM
is the house of the poor fighting against injustice. We are an
organization of communities that use non-violent resistance. Our
strength lies in helping each other, and in our independence from
all political parties, legal or secret, and from all the
institutions and organizations of the government. The activities of
CIPO-RFM are the outcome of agreements achieved in meetings, thus we
all share the successes and failures. CIPO currently represents 24
communities of Chatin, Mixtec, Chinantec, Cuicatec, Zapotec, Mixe,
Triqui, black or half-caste villages.

In Mexico and particularly in Oaxaca, the Consejo Indigena Popular
de Oaxaca "Ricardo Flores Magon" (CIPO-RFN) is one of the most
repressed organizations by the police and paramilitary. Until today
the numbers are this: 517 detentions and tortured people, 103 police
and paramilitary incursions on our communities, 81 orders for
prison, 229 penal, civil and commercial processes, 263 people
assaulted, 37 death threats, 27 murders, was one of our members Raul
Gatica, lives in hiding with international observers after several
attempts on his life.

The government is violent towards us because they are afraid of what
we stand for. Peaceful coexisting autonomous self sufficient
communities. Our mission is the free association of our people
exercising autonomous and direct action, like the Magonist way, in
order to

1. Help the people and workers of the world organize themselves
freely even though they may not be a member of CIPO - RFM.
2. To promote publicize, capacitate, and defend the territorial,
economic, social, political and cultural rights of communities and
3. To advise and accompany communities, organizations and
individuals whether indigeno us or not, who solicit our support in
their struggles.
4. Implement sustainable projects (productions, commercial etc) that
allow the integral development of (indigenous) communities, minding
ecosystems and respecting the people therein
5. Investigate, document, analyze and publicize the movements of
indigenous peoples.
6. Compromise with the conservation of the land, and care for nature
in order to revalue the vision of our peoples.
7. Develop alternative media/communications via radio, TV, and the
Internet etc.
8. Put in to practice concrete actions to win back the respect for
women, minors, and minorities.

We chose to use the name of Ricardo Flores Magon because he was
indigenous, fought for freedom, and all though he was from Oaxaca,
his heart, thoughts and work was for the liberations of all people
of the world. Adopting Magons principles represents that we fight
without searching for material riches or personal benefit but rather
to banish arrogance, authoritarianism, and lies. It also represents
we arent seeking power over others, nor imposing ourselves on
anyone. Using mutual support as our base, solidarity, direct action,
and autonomy as our path to liberation.

Today our demands of the government are:

1. Peace with justice and dignity
2. Respect for the autonomy of our communities in CIPO RFM
3. The end of paramilitary activities of the CROCUT and the
punishment of leaders Ceasar Tomil and Jacobo Chavez, that on the
16th of October 2003 killed Bartolome Sales and shot 9 other men and
women, punishment of Antorcha Campensina who on the 11th of August
2002 murdered two children and hurt 34 women, and justice for those
killed on the 13th of March and 12th of July 2004 in Sta Lucia
Monterverde where two other persons were murdered.
4. The end of oppression against the continuities and members of
CIPO RFM, and to follow the recommendations (CNDH/29/99),
(CEDDH/15/2002), and (CEDH/13/2004) to respect our human rights.
5. Freedom for our brothers and sisters: Dolores Villalobos
Cuamatzin, Miguel Cruz Moreno, Leonor Lpez Alavez (aged 15),
Reynaldo Feria Hernndez, Gumaro Lpez Alavez, Carmen Lpez Prez, Kalid
Prez Gmez (aged 17), Margarita Garca Garca, Habacuc Cruz Cruz,
Gildardo Prez Gmez (aged 17), Hipolito Rodrguez Soriano, Jos Cruz
Cruz, Abel Ramrez Ramrez, Guadalupe Garca Garca and Mauro Garca
Garca, members of the Organizing Committe of the grassroots Council
of the CIPO-RFM, democratic workers of the tres poderes syndicate.
6. A solution multilateral solution to the agricultural problems of
San Isidro Aloapam, Sta Catarina Yosonotu, Guadalupe Chindua and
7. Guaranties for the life of Raul Gatica.
8. General meeting, democratic elections and respect for the social
givings that have been suspended for two years to the workers of
9. Municipal participation plus schools, doctors, water, food,
electricity, and care for old and disabled.
10. The right to live and sell on the Huatulco beaches.
11. Respect to the Radia "Guestza" and the concession for the
transport of suburban in Tlaxiaco.

Assaults and deaths have been the consequences recently of peaceful
protests: July 10 2004 in Sta Elta, Edgar Torija was mortally
wounded, July 11th 2004 in Sta Cruz Huatulco people of the PRI
directed by Demetrio Villalobos hurt 8 people, among them the
children Carolina and Sandra Diaz Hernandez and Brenda Torres. On
the 13th of July 2004 Paramilitaries Murdered Pedro Cruz Salazar of
Sta Lucia Monteverde, on July 16 2004 in the dance square in Oaxaca,
special forces, and police directed by Jose M Vera Satinas and
Manuel Moreno Rivas, using gas and electric batons hospitalized
Elizabeth Perez, Adelfa Perez, Simon Yilescas, Fluvia Dominguez,
Gloria Ramos, Milisa Flores and Rolando Zeferino.

The government believes if they attack and intimidate us we will
stop fighting. But these events have only strengthened our
determination and will to continue to struggle.

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