Sunday (June 19, 2016) we received a call from our compañera Doña Vicky, who is in Nochixtlan, near Oaxaca City, in the midst of protests against the government’s educational reform that, at the time of the phone call, were being met with violence. At least eight people have died in the protests so far.
Doña Vicky has come to Canada several times with CIPO-VAN to speak about her Mixtec Indigenous culture and the struggle for human rights of the people of Oaxaca. As she spoke on the phone we could hear police helicopters flying overhead and the sound of shouts and people running. Continue reading Police Violence in Nochixtlan
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With the start of the year 2014, we feel police surveillance at the community house of the CIPO-RFM in Santa Lucia del Camino, Oaxaca. México.
Today, Tuesday the 14th of January at 12:10 pm, while continuing the work of the organization in the community house of the Indigenous Popular Council of Oaxaca Ricardo Flores Magón (CIPO-RFM), members became aware of the presence of an agent of the state police force motorcycle brigade, with number M-186, in front of the community house with notepad in hand watching the house. This occurred minutes after member Miguel Cruz Moreno and his son Axayacatl, three years old, arrived at the house having returned from an errand.
Continue reading Oaxacan State Police Appear at the CIPO-RFM Community House in Santa Lucia
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