Communiqué: Indigenous Organizations for Human Rights in Oaxaca (OIDHO)
To all compañeras and compañeros
The compañeros Eutiquio Rios Cruz and Roberto Carlos Pérez Cortés who were arbitrarily detained by the local Oaxaca City police department, were located and released.
The comrades left the headquarters of our organization on Monday, February 25 at noon to buy some supplies. They were driving in their truck on Símbolos Patrios Avenue at four o’clock in the afternoon, when they were intercepted and picked up by local police who took their vehicle and belongings. They were taken to the municipal jail and were accused of stealing the merchandise they bought. There they were beaten and put in solitarity confinement for more than 40 hours without food.
After 36 hours without knowing anything about the comrades, members of the OIDHO council began procedures of formally denouncing the disappearances and starting a campaign of diffusion on social networks.
On Wednesday, February 27 at 9 a.m., shortly before the press conference we called for as members of the COOA (Council of Autonomous Oaxacan Organizations), compañero Eutiquio was released. Later, compañero Roberto Carlos was also released. We are in the process of recovering his stolen belongings from the municipal police.
We once again have found how the police forces of Oaxaca abuse their power to the detriment of the citizens and even more so to the members of social organizations, while the real criminals remain in absolute impunity.
Today they messed with the wrong people.
It has been shown that prompt action by our sister organizations and by all of you can prevent further damage.
Our most sincere thanks to all of you, and our firm commitment continues: to be united against this ‘lawless state’ that takes away life, liberty and territory from thousands of us.
With the presence of our two compañeros, spring has begun for us today, and we wish the same to all those who continue to search for the disappeared, who are also ours.
Santa María Atzompa, Oaxaca February 27, 2019
Fraternal greetings to all,
OIDHO – COOA
STOP FORCED DISAPPEARANCES!
PRESENTATION, WITH LIFE, OF THE DISAPPEARED!
STOP REPRESSION AND MISERY AGAINST INDIGENOUS PEOPLE!
VICTORY NOT TO THE MOST POWERFUL BUT TO THE BEST ORGANIZED!
FOR THE DEFENSE OF OUR RIGHTS AND OUR TERRITORIES NOT ONE STEP BACK!