Category Archives: News from Oaxaca

Communicado del CIPO-RFM – Planton en Oaxaca

Al Pueblo honesto de Oaxaca
A los visitantes nacionales y extranjeros

Marcha Oaxaca1Somos hombres, mujeres, niños, niñas, abuelitas, abuelitos, jóvenes y muchachas indígenas mixtecas, zapotecos, chinantecas, mixes y triquis, todos somos parte del Consejo Indígena Popular de Oaxaca “Ricardo Flores Magón”, nuestras comunidades son lejos con caminos de terracería, escaso transporte a cinco, ocho o diez horas para llegar. Dejamos encargado con los demás compañeros nuestro chivo, gallinitas o toro, nuestra casa y nuestra milpa para bajar a Oaxaca capital no a pedir limosna sino para que el gobierno de Alejandro Murat, gobernador del estado sepa que hay un indígena que lleva 8 años preso en la cárcel de Etla sin haber cometido ningún delito, está en la cárcel porque toda su vida ha defendido el bosque de sus abuelos, de sus hijos y de sus nietos, es zapoteco de la comunidad de San Isidro Aloapam, los talamontes que lo acusan son de Antorcha Campesina, organización paramilitar del gobierno y como tienen mucho dinero con la venta de la madera e influencias en el gobierno priista han comprado a jueces, testigos y han hecho muy largo el caso de nuestro hermano Pablo López Alavés; nosotros hemos aportado legalmente pruebas suficientes de su inocencia pero como no tenemos dinero ni poder nuestro hermano sigue preso y lo quieren declarar culpable por eso estamos aquí pasando hambre y frío, llevamos cinco días sin que el gobernador quiera atendernos.

Lo que le preocupa a los funcionarios es que salga bonito su show llamado Guelaguetza 2018, en donde exhiben la riqueza cultural de nuestros pueblos: bailes, comida, artesanías, bebidas, vestimenta todo representado por mestizos, mientras que los pueblos auténticos estamos aquí pidiendo no que nos den una despensa, una playera, un paquetito de café, o un pan, estamos aquí para pedir se den las garantías y regrese del exilio nuestro compañero Raúl Gatica Bautista, que desde hace 13 años está en Canadá porque Jose Murat Casab y Ulises Ruiz Ortiz lo persiguieron y trataron de asesinarlo por defender los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, ha sido secuestrado, torturado, preso por luchar por la autonomía de los pueblos. Nuestro hermano Raúl es maestro, poeta y escritor indígena mixteco, pudo tener una vida de confort, ha ganado varios premios internacionales y ha sido invitado especial en universidades como Cambrige, La Sapiensa Milán, Siena, Gotemborg, Complutense, Valencia, Hamburgo, el Cauca entre otras sin embargo prefirió estar con su pueblo por eso lo queremos de vuelta.

Marcha Oaxaca2Y mientras el gobierno de Alejandro Murat agarra el dinero del pueblo para financiar su espectáculo llamado Guelaguetza 2018, los pueblos sobre todo los más alejados carecemos de servicios de salud, educación, agua potable, caminos, escuelas.

El mal gobierno muestra una gran fiesta con lujo para para que los visitantes internacionales y nacionales dejen su dinero a los extranjeros dueños de hoteles, comercios; todos los servicios del turismo es para los ricos empresarios, por eso hoy quitan a todos los comerciantes ambulantes que se ganan la vida honradamente, sin empleo con qué van a comer sus familias, sus hijitos con qué van a vivir y qué se van a vestir; y para qué hay un gobernador de Oaxaca ¿qué hace para cumplir con su obligación de proteger a las familias? ¿Por qué el maestro Alejandro Murat no cumple con los derechos humanos y las garantías constitucionales? ¿Qué tenemos que hacer para que nos escuche?, ¿Qué tenemos que hacer para qué nos mire? No venimos a mendigar, hemos venido por la justicia, nosotros los indígenas pobres, de los pueblos más alejados de Oaxaca, los indios magonistas del CIPO-RFM.

Tenemos esperanza en que el pueblo de buen corazón, honrado y sincero si nos escuche, nos mire, entienda nuestra palabra, y ayude hacer justicia.

¡Por la libertad de Pablo López Alavés, preso indígena ecologista!
¡Por el regreso del exilio de Raúl Gatica Bautista!
¡Trabajo, techo, salud y educación para nuestros pueblos oaxaqueños más alejados!
Por la reconstitución y libre asociación de nuestros pueblos. Consejo Indígena Popular de Oaxaca “Ricardo Flores Magón”

Hunger Strike for Pablo Lopez Alavez

Hunger Strike in EtlaMembers of the CIPO-RFM have begun a hunger strike in support of Pablo Lopez Alavez, the environmental defender from San Isidro Aloapam.  Taking place at the prison in Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico, the strike is to demand Pablo’s immediate release. Pablo has been held injustly on trumped up charges for over five years.

Please read more in the CIPO-RFM press release:

Press Release
Oaxaca, Oax, 10 December 2015

On the International Day of Human Rights, Indigenous Zapotec, Triqui, Chinantec, Mixe, and Mixtec people are holding a fast to demand liberty for the Indigenous ecologist Pablo López Alavez.

On 9 December 2015, Pablo López Alavez, in company of his wife, the defender of Indigenous rights Yolanda Pérez Cruz, began a fast. They protest against the unjust process through which Pablo has been illegally kept in Etla prison for five years.

Today we have confirmed that the government of Gabino Cué is not concerned with combatting corruption and punishing public servants who violate human rights and the collective rights of communities. Therefore, in the context of the International Day of Human Rights, we ask the legislative power, and, in particular, the commission for the administration of justice, not to become an accomplice of an executive branch that violates human rights.

In his fifth government report, Gabino Cué alludes to his government’s respect for human rights, but that is only publicity by which he tries to convince the public that he acts on the issue of human rights. This is not only a lie, but a mockery and insult to Indigenous people in light of the case of the Indigenous ecologist Pablo López Alaves who remains a prisoner in spite of the recommendation 11/2015 of the Human Rights Office of the People of Oaxaca. The recommendation points out grave violations on the part of the authorities and asks for the immediate freedom of our comrade. Nevertheless, the order of this specialized public office has not been fulfilled to this day.

In the face of the obstinance of the governor, we – Zapotec, Triqui, Chinantec, Mixe, and Mixtec Indigenous people – found ourselves obliged to hold a fast in the Etla penitentiary and in front of the government palace. In case the recommendation of the Human Rights Office will not be met in the sense of freeing the Zapotec activist Pablo López Alavez, there will be a hunger strike.

We also inform that the Sub-Secretary for Social Prevention and Reintegration, with the backing of the Secretary for Public Security of Oaxaca, Jorge Ruiz Martínez, without argument and in a despotic and arrogant manner expelled the human-rights personnel who assisted the beginning of Pablo’s fast in the penitentiary. In the same manner, Ruiz Martínez prevented the visit of journalists, friends and brothers of Pablo López Alavez, even though there is no juridical prohibition for journalists to listen to the words of a political prisoner inside a prison. In the face of the repeated violations of our rights by the government of Oaxaca, we demand the immediate intervention of the National Commission for Human Rights.

Lastly, we call on all human-rights organizations to remain informed about our security, because the bad governments, instead of doing justice, persecute, intimidate, beat, kidnap, imprison, and assassinate those who dare protest against the grave violations of our constitutional rights.
Liberty for Pablo López Alavez!!

Respect for the cautionary measures for members of the CIPO-RFM!!
Return of the exiled Raúl Gatica!!

FOR THE RECONSTITUTION AND FREE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITIES
Indigenous Popular Council of Oaxaca-Ricardo Flores Magón (CIPO-RFM)

 

Eleuterio Ramos Attacked and Beaten – Three Family Members Detained on July 2, 2013

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.

Please help us condemn this violence and corruption by signing the petition:

avaaz.org/en/petition/Justice_for_Eleuterio_Ramos_and_family_member_of_CIPORFM

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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

Alert: CIPO-RFM Reports Possible Police Aggression in Oaxaca

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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:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Defend_CIPORFM_and_its_members_from_violence/?cIfRMdb

Thank you. (please Read More for contacts, la version español con contactos, et la version en français)

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