(Guerrero, Mexico) Statement Supporting the Immediate Freedom of Compañero Huvaldo Santana Alonso


(Editor’s Note: This communique comes from the National Front for the Liberation of the Peoples denouncing the recent arrest of Huvaldo Santana Alonso. It furthermore denounces the atmosphere of persecution and violence being lived in the state of Guerrero, product of the relationships between organized crime and the state. The original in Spanish was published by the National Indigenous Congress and can be found here).

To the Sisters and Brothers of Mexico and the World

To the Peoples, Nations, Tribes and Neighborhoods

To the Compañeros of the Social Organizations

To the Human Rights Defenders

To the Teachers

To the Students

To the Organized Peoples

To Everyone!!!

We inform you all that on Monday July 23rd, at 4:00 pm compañero Huvaldo Santana Alonso was detained at a checkpoint of the ministerial police in the municipal seat of San Marcos, Guerrero.

Compañero Huvaldo Santana Alonso, is from the community of La Laguna in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalán, Guerrero. He is an activist, forest, land and water defender. Him and his family have been subject to multiple attacks on part of the government, so much so that in 2012 they were forced to abandon their community because of the violence that was ravaging the region.

Since 2007, those now displaced from La Laguna, had been victims of raids, executions, disappearances, attacks and shootings in their own community by organized crime and paramilitary groups, as well as by police and military.

As a consequence of this persecution, from 2007 to 2012, 27 people, men, women, and youth have been assassinated. Three more were disappeared with their whereabouts still unknown.

The majority of the victims were from the Santana Villa and Díaz Pérez families. On November 28th, 2012, Juventina Mojica Villa was assassinated together with her 12-year-old son Reynaldo.

Juventina was leader of a group displaced by violence in La Laguna, then refugees in Puerto de la Ollas, in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalán.

Before, between February 2011 and November of 2012, the same armed group had executed her husband Rubén Santana Alonso and their children Sergio, Joel and Reynaldo Santana Villa.

The persecution by paramilitaries and gunmen of the Santana Villa family and the population of La Laguna came about as a consequence of their defense of the forest in the ejido of Los Huajes de Ayala, municipality of Coyuca de Catalán, in the Tierra Caliente Region. Because of the violence, they were forced to abandon their lands and cede them to criminal groups, managing to take refuge in Puerto de Las Ollas in 2011.

But after the violence that arrived to this town with the execution of the leader Villa Mojica, the families were forced to abandon the Sierra mountains.

Due to the pressure of social and human rights organizations, the government of the state initiated a process of relocation. A group of 16 families stayed in La Tondonicua, municipality of Petatlán. Another was moved to La Unión, and a third to Tepango, municipality of Ayutla.

The interim government of Rogelio Ortega Martínez, through the then assistant secretary of Political Affairs, Roxana Mora Patiño, offered to provide the displaced families with lands to plant and to build their houses, public services, productive projects for employment and security guarantees.

However, the families that live in La Unión and Tepango, where they arrived in March of 2013, continue being harassed on part of the state as is the case of the compañero that has just been detained.

Currently, the government seeks to transfer him to the prison of Coyuca de Catalán, putting his physical well-being at risk along with the possibility of death because of the organized crime groups that control this prison.

  1. We demand the immediate freedom of the compañero and we hold responsible the state and federal governments for whatever physical and mental damage that Huvaldo Santana Alonso suffers.
  2. We demand the immediate freedom of all of the compañeros that are currently held in prison for organizing.