On July 2nd, Eleuterio Ramos of the community of Santa Maria Yaviche, Oaxaca was attacked and beaten by five armed men driving a black truck. The men proceeded to kidnap three of Eleuterio’s family members, including his wife. This action was the follow up on a threat made to Eleuterio in February by Samuel López Yescas to intimidate Eleuterio, a member of the CIPO-RFM, and disuade him from being involved in the defense of his community and the protection of their communal lands. His family members have been incarcerated in jails in the state of Oaxaca under trumped up charges of robbery. The communiqué below from the CIPO-RFM with an English translation gives details about the attack and kidnapping.
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July 2, 2013, Santa Maria Yaviche
At 11:30 am today, the 2nd of July of 2013, a group of five armed men along with another man named Samuel López Yescas arrived in a black truck in the community of Santa María Yaviche looking for our friend Eleuterio Ramos. Upon finding Eleuterio, they attacked and beat him and afterwards the five men violently entered the homes of Eleuterio’s family members detaining Mirella Ramos López, wife of Eleuterio Ramos, Arcenio Nicador and Magnolia Ramos López of the community of Santa Maria Yaviche, who they put in their black truck. Afterwards they left the community in the direction of the neighbouring town of Tanetze de Zaragoza. Continue reading Eleuterio Ramos Attacked and Beaten – Three Family Members Detained on July 2, 2013
Brothers and Sisters:
We ask for your support once again in defending our compañer@s in the Indigenous Popular Council of Oaxaca “Ricardo Flores Magon” (CPO-RFM). We have just received worrying reports from the community house of the CIPO in Oaxaca City about possible threats to the security of the house and the compañer@s living there. These reports collected from trustworthy sources suggest the police and/or paramilitaries are preparing to break into the house without warrant or permission to disband the CIPO members who have protection there and occupy the organization’s main place of gathering and learning. As justification, the rumours police are circulating wrongly accuse the CIPO-RFM, a group that is by definition a pacifist, non-violent contributor to the social movement for human rights, of being linked to armed groups.
CIPO-VAN condemns all aggression against the CIPO-RFM and all non-violent members of the social movement in Oaxaca and struggles to support their creative means of defending human rights in the region and the autonomy of the indigenous peoples of Oaxaca.
Please support our brothers and sisters by helping us disseminate information about the current circumstances in Oaxaca, sending letters and telephoning government contacts listed below. You can start by signing our Petition on Avaaz.org:
Thank you. (please Read More for contacts, la version español con contactos, et la version en français)
Continue reading Alert: CIPO-RFM Reports Possible Police Aggression in Oaxaca
TO THE DEMOCRATIC EDUCATION WORKERS’ UNION
TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
TO THE PEOPLE OF OAXACA
In spite of the supposed transition in the state of Oaxaca and the hypocritical calls for reconciliation, open and permanent aggression exists for all groups that signify rebellion for the government and groups in power. The repression of the February 15 protest, in the framework of Felipe Calderón’s visit to Oaxaca, made it clear that in Oaxaca as well as in other regions, protest is being criminalized. After having made clear his support for private education, by making tuition for private schools tax deductible, the visit by Calderón was an aggression to poor and working people. Only a few days ago the government released news that millions of Oaxacans suffer from malnourishment but the presence of the President made clear the government’s support for the rich.
In response to the repression of Feb. 15, and in the face of the declaration of the break in relations between Section 22 (SNTE/CNTE) and the Government, collaborationist and opportunist groups made themselves clear: their commitments fell and in the name of the education workers’ union, these groups that were before anti-government enveloped themselves in the government and began to target those who defended the autonomy of the education workers’ union with dignity.
While the State Assembly discussed a plan of action Feb. 19, some teachers demanded the autonomy of the union and the rejection of the opportunists’ use of the union as a trampoline to get positions in the government. For doing so, the former received anonymous threats. In this framework of disintegration and benefits, our union companion Carlos René Román Salazar also received threats, including one that said “If you don’t calm down you’re going to get fucked up,” “We’re sick of all of you damn rebels,” and “We’re going for you and yours.” Continue reading Professor Carlos René Román Salazar Disappeared
Santa Lucia del Camino, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 16th, 2011
Sisters and brothers of the world,
We are again approaching your hearts and ask you to help us seek justice for our indigenous communities. Seven months have passed since our Zapotec brother Pablo López Alavez was kidnapped by hooded and armed men in the presence of his family (August 15, 2010). A day later, Pablo was imprisoned in the jail of Villa de Etla, under criminal file 102/2007, in which the crime of homicide is fabricated against him.
Continue reading Support for our brother Pablo Lopez Alavez