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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!!

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.

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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

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

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Professor Carlos René Román Salazar Disappeared

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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