Indigenous Zapoteco Community of Álvaro Obregón on Maximum Alert (Oaxaca)

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July 14th, 2019

Gui’ Xhi’ Ro’ – Álvaro Obregón

The Community Assembly of Álvaro Obregón, the Council of Elders, the Women’s Council, the Community Council and the Community Police are the base of our free self-determination as an Indigenous community making up the uses and customs of our Indigenous people. In December 2018, we elected our community authorities made up of our Community Council and Community Police.

In the face of the call emitted by the municipal authority of Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca and IEEPCO (Oaxacan State Electoral Institute), to elect a peripheral authority in our community, we repeat our position which was continually made clear in the dialogue table convened by state authorities in the city of Oaxaca.

WE ALREADY HAVE OUR COMMUNITY AUTHORITIES, who are functioning and providing service to the community without receiving any economic resources from any government authority.

THESE “ELECTIONS” ARE ATTEMPTS AT PROVOCATION AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY AND TO AGGRAVATE THE RUPTURE OF THE SOCIAL FABRIC OF THE COMMUNITY.

We demand respect for the agreements reached with the state government on February 2nd, 2013 that no public force, state or federal, can enter our community. To do so means an act of provocation against our autonomy and the right to self-determination of our Indigenous people.

We hold responsible the MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES, above all EMILIO MONTERO, for continuing to support the interests of political groups that seek to sell our territories. We hold responsible the STATE AUTHORITIES and principally IEEPCO, for not listening to the necessities and denunciations of the inhabitants of the community, and for assassinating this past year our compañero Rolando Landin Crispin. THESE VARIOUS AUTHORITIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHATEVER KIND OF VIOLENCE THAT MIGHT BE EXERCISED AGAINST OUR COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITY AUTHORITIES LEGITIMATELY NAMED BY THE GENERAL COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY OF ÁLVARO OBREGÓN.

We declare today, July 14th, in opposition to the imposition of elections in our community, THE GENERAL COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY OF ÁLVARO OBREGÓN will gather in the municipal agency to declare a maximum alert, without falling into any provocation.

WE MAKE A CALL FOR SOLIDARITY TO BE ATTENTIVE TO OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR LIVES.

SINCERELY

GENERAL COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY OF ÁLVARO OBREGÓN

HONORABLE COUNCIL OF ELDERS

WOMEN´S COUNCIL

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

COMMUNITY POLICE

APIIDTT—ASSEMBLY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE ISTMO IN DEFENSE OF LAND AND TERRITORY

NO TO THE WIND FARM PROJECT IN BARRA SANTA TERESA

NO TO THE RIGGED CONSULTATIONS PROMOTED BY THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT

NO TO THE TRANS-ISTMO PROJECT

NO TO THE TRANSNATIONAL PROJECTS THAT DISPOSSESS US OF OUR TERRITORY

LONG LIVE THE SEA PEOPLES IN DEFENSE OF TERRITORY!

YES, TO LIFE!

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