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(en) Mexico: Indigenous CIPO-RFM and trade union members beaten and arrested in Oaxaca (ca)

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 16 Sep 2004 11:54:53 +0200 (CEST)

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Sta. Lucía del Camino, Oaxaca, 14 de septiembre de 2004
Brothers and sisters, At 4.13 am this morning, 14th September 2004, over
200 police officers from various forces, uniformed and not, moved in on
our camp which around a hundred of our comrades have been occupying opposite
the Governorate Building and the Church of St. Domingo in the centre of Oaxaca
city since 20th April 2004. Our comrades were attacked with tear gas, stun
grenades and water cannon without any warning by these forces, directed by
José Manuel Vera Salinas, the Secretary for Civil Protection.

Here is a list of those arrested:
Prof. Dolores Villalobos Cuamatzin (CIPO-RFM organizing committee)
Miguel Cruz Moreno (CIPO-RFM organizing committee)
Leonor López Alavez (15 años) (CIPO-RFM organizing committee)
Reynaldo Feria Hernández (CIPO-RFM organizing committee)
Carmen López Pérez (San Isidro Aloapam grassroots council)
Gumaro López Alavez (CIPO-RFM organizing committee)
Kalid Hernández
Margarita García García ("3 poderes" union)
Abacuc Cruz Cruz ("3 poderes" union)
Gildardo Pérez Gómez (San Cristóbal Amoltepec CIPO-RFM)
Hipolito Rodríguez Soriano (Guadalupe Chindua CIPO-RFM)
José Cruz Cruz
Abel Ramírez Ramírez ("3 poderes" union member)
Guadalupe García García ("3 poderes" union member)
Mauro García García

Although we have officially been told that they are being held in the State
Justice (injustice) Department, we have so far not been allowed to see them,
and they have not been allowed to see a doctor in order for their medical
condition to be established. We have information that our brothers and sisters
are being tortured and our greatest fear is that they will "disappear", since
most of them are well-known representatives of ours and the governor José Murat
has publicly threatened to get rid of them.

At the moment the police have occupied the government buildings which are
practically closed off, without doubt in order to permit only supporters of the
government to demonstrate and deny acts of protest by indigenous people, who
have always been excluded and are now being repressed.

Those directly responsible for this attack are José Murat Casab, Celestino
Alonso (Government General Secretary), Rogelio Chagoya (State
procurator/solicitor) and José Manuel Vera Salinas (Secretary for Civil
Protection). Also responsible, though indirectly, is Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, who
stands to gain most from a general climate of violence and repression so that
he can stand as "governor".

Also at the moment, patrol cars and motorcycles of the various police forces
are circling our organization's offices, possibly with the intention of
arresting more comrades, either grassroots members or the few representatives
that remain at liberty.

We state clearly that there has been no dialogue between the government and the
CIPO-RFM. On the contrary, they have dedicated themselves to protecting the
paramilitaries, in particular Celestino Alonso, who was instrumental (through
the Administrator of Tanetze de Zaragoza) in the attacks on the communities of
the Sierra Norte.

We will be protesting on 15th September, we will make our voices heard, but we
will not be boycotting anything, we will not be preventing any festivals. But
we *are* going to denounce that today, just as in the distant days of 1810, the
indigenous people are being repressed and assassinated for the simple crime of
wanting justice and freedom.

For the re-organization and free association of our peoples
For the Organizing Committee of the CIPO-RFM (those not arrested)


Translation by nmcn/ainfos

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