from La Jornada newspaper, Friday September 17, 2010
An ultimatum was given to 50 families to immediately abandon their region or they will be massacred.
Some 500 armed men closed in on the autonomous municipal of San Juan Copala
No one intervenes, the Oaxaca authorities deny the violence in this
region, spokesperson Matilde Perez U, regrets to say.
Members of the autonomous municipal of San Juan Copala launched a red alert in the presence of 500 armed men from the Movement Triqui Unification and Struggle (MULTI) and the Union for the Social Well-being of Triqui Region (UBISORT) who have surrounded the community and demanded that the 50 families abandon that region immediately.
Jorge Albino Ortiz, spokesperson for the autonomous municipal said the
families are practically kidnapped. They cannot look out the windows
because they are shot at.? Last night, Macaria Merino Martin, was injured,
she is 85 years old.
The majority of the armed men, from the Rastrojo and Sabana communities
have occupied the municipal city hall of San Juan Copala courageously. On
Tuesday, they gave an ultimatum: ?If they do not leave we will massacre
In less than a year families have abandoned their homes and few possessions
before the escalated violence that Luz Candelaria Chiñas, the court attorney
for the Oaxaca government denies.
?She knows that two women are injured: Maria Rosa Francisco, 35 years old,
and Maria Rosa Lopez 55 years old. However, they have not received any
medical attention because according to the court attorney there are no
aggressors or armed groups in San Juan Copala. They most likely receive
their information from Rosendo Juarez,? leader of Ubisort.
The spokesperson regrets to say that before the violence, prevailed by the
indolence of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz government, no one intervenes. ?We have come
before the International Red Cross, the Human Rights Commission of the
United Nations Organization and in the Chamber of Deputies a special
commission was created to hear San Juan Copala?s case, but no one has
intervened.? This is why the Triqui women remain on strike in the main
square of Oaxaza and Mexico City.
Added that Human Rights Defense groups have tried to integrate an
intervention commission to pacify the region and ?have asked us to reduce
the accusations against the MULT, as a way to find some form of dialogue.
How are we to do this, if our comrades are shot and there is evidence that
the aggressors are members of Ubisort? So we reiterate, that there is an
alliance between the MULT and Ubisort against the autonomous municipality.?
Via telephone it was commented that yesterday morning, an armed group shot
at women who left in search for water and corn. They ask that the diverse
human rights defense organizations express solidarity with the San Juan
Copala autonomous municipality.
The Union of Indigenous Communities of the North Zone of Istmo (Ucizoni),
Mexican Alliance for Self-Determination of Peoples (AMAP), and the
Indigenous Zapatista Agrarian Movement (MAIZ), united in the need of the
autonomous municipality. ?We cannot remain silent about the terrible
situation and the grave danger that 50 families live in. It is the moment to
make an effort to halt the barbarism and demand punishments and the murders
and rapists of dozen of triqui women, those that took the lives of the
indigenous communicators, Felicitas Martínez, y Teresa Bautista, and the
lives of Betty Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola, human rights defenders.?
In a brief statement, they asked on various diverse triqui organizations, in
particular the MULT, to demonstrate the will to establish peace in the Mixteca
region of Oaxaca.
Demand preventive measures for San Juan Copala
We cannot remain silent about the terrible situation in which the triqui
families of San Juan Copala live in. In these moments, they are kidnapped by
a group of murders, members of the Ubisort and the MULT. In the last hours,
dozens of paramilitary groups have taken the autonomous municipalities and
nearby communities, and about 50 families are enclosed in their homes,
threatened with death. There are three seriously injured women María Rosa
Francisco, María Rosa López y María Macaria Merino Martínez (age 85).
Copala lives in an extreme war and it is terribly sad that the people of
Oaxaca and the majority of their organizations have remained silent. The
Ulises Ruiz government protects the murderers and Felipe Calderon has no
interest in the fate of hundreds of indigenous in danger. We call to halt
the barbarism and demand punishment for the murders and rapists of dozen of
women. The solution of the conflict in the triqui region will only be
possible if the perpetuators and the intellectuals of such a crime are
punished. It is necessary to create spaces for respectful dialogues. In the
this moment the triqui organizations, in particular MULT, need to
demonstrate a commitment for peace, and to not be a one more piece for
Ulises Ruiz, who seeks to see them in defeat.
The International Red Cross should propel measures that ensure the lives of
these families. Given the inability of the State, it is urgent to demand
preventative measures for Copala before international authorities.
Union of Indigenous Communities of the North Region of Istmo (Ucizoni),
Mexican Alliance for Self-Determination of People (AMAP), and Indigenous
Zapatista Agrarian Movement (MAIZ).
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