(Oaxaca) We Denounce the Politics of State Terrorism Against the Oaxacan Social Movement

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Press Release:

A year and three months since the inauguration of Alejandro Murat as governor of Oaxaca has been sufficient time to take account of a state politics that does not engage governability, dialogue or consensus.  During this period there have been more than nine assassinations of social activists, eleven raids, two forced disappearances, dispossession of land and territory, militarization, along with the imposition of megaprojects like mines, hydroelectric dams and wind farms.  Furthermore, there have been threats of death, drone surveillance, espionage, judicial proceedings, arrest orders and defamation against those of us who are active in the social movement of Oaxaca.  In addition, there was the brutal act of spraying members of Section 22 with hydrochloric acid.  The above recount makes evident the politics of state terrorism.

The impunity is excruciating.  Proof lies in the crimes committed by state functionaries that continue without punishment.  Such is the case of the 14 homicides from the helicopter crash on February 16th.  Despite the fact that those responsible are publically known, no criminal actions have been taken against them, which makes clear the bias with which the federal and state apparatus operates its administration of justice.

Also, the symptom of state terrorism against women in Oaxaca is part of the growth of a more general uncontrolled violence against women with 145 femicides so far in the six-year term.

In collusion, the Oaxacan State and federal governments have generated a climate of terror, impunity and permissibility.  For many cases there have been complaints filed in both the CNDH (National Commission of Human Rights) as well as the DDHPO (Human Rights Defense of the People of Oaxaca).  Furthermore, complaints have been filed with the State Attorney’s Office and the PGR (Attorney General of the Republic), where up to this point, no responsibility has been cast.

Another clear example of the modus operandi of the Murat government is the execution of Alejandro Antonio Diaz Cruz, Ignacio Ventura Martínez and Luis Ángel Martinez, as well as the assassination attempt against Abraham Ramírez Vásquez, all members of CODEDI.  They were ambushed by bullets after a meeting with the state government in Oaxaca.

In light of the abovementioned, we tell Alejandro Murat and Enrique Peña Nieto that we hold them responsible for the life, physical and psychological well-being of each and every one of the members of the social, teacher’s and popular movement in Oaxaca.  We will not stop doing our legitimate work, and we will not stop being a critical voice.

We thus call on all of the expressions and struggles of the social movement in Oaxaca, to the democratic unions, as well as the people in general, to walk in unity to confront the onslaught of the government against the social movement.  We call on everyone to make use of legitimate mobilization to stop these times of misfortune, where the conservative forces have taken over governing of Oaxaca, and from that position of power, are applying the neoliberal consensus.  That consensus has translated into extractivist megaprojects and the looting of the natural resources, the contamination and overexploitation of Mother Earth, trampling on our civil, political, labor and environmental rights.

We express our concern for the impacts that the Law of Internal Security will have, opening the door to the constant state of exception, generating favorable conditions of a military dictatorship that without doubt will impact the uncontrolled growth of torture, extrajudicial executions, femicides, violence against women and forced disappearances.  This is all the more evident as the Law of Internal Security in itself, is designed to put an end with the various resistances in Mexico.

Today marks one month since the cowardly murder of our compañeros of CODEDI that still remains unpunished.  We demand justice for that crime.  We also demand punishment to those responsible for the assassinations committed during 2006-2007, June 19th in Nochixtlán, the state crimes of 2017-2018, and the armed attack where members of Section 22 were victim—Roberto Bernal Campos died and Vicente Toledo Martínez still remains in critical condition.

We urgently call on you to put an end to your politics of terror as well as the ongoing impunity, implemented in Oaxaca by the state.

We hold responsible the governor Alejandro Murat for whatever retaliation against social activists, union members, and defenders of human rights.  We demand that the physical and psychological well-being is guaranteed for Abraham Ramírez Vásquz as well as all of the people that integrate the social movement in Oaxaca.

Oaxaca de Juarez, City of Resistance, March 12, 2018

FUSION (Frente Unificador de Sindicatos Independientes, Oaxaqueños y Nacionales)

Sindicato Libre del Municipio de Oaxaca de Juárez

Sindicato Único de Trabajadores de Caminos y Aeropistas de Oaxaca

Colectivo de Trabajadores de Servicios de Salud de Oaxaca-Sección 35

Sindicato Indepediente Nacional de Trabajadores de Salud de Oaxaca-Sección 9

Sindicato de Telefonistas de la República Mexicana -Sección 75

Sindicato Nacional deTrabajadores de la Secretaría de Salud, subsección 07 de la sección 35

Sindicato de Trabajadores y Empleados de la Universidad Autonóma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca STEUABJO

Coordinadora de Bases del Seguro Social

Sección XXII de la CNTE

Consejo de Organizaciones Oaxaqueñas Autónomas COOA

Organizaciones Indias por los derechos humanos en Oaxaca OIDHO

Comité por la Defensa de los pueblos Indígenas CODEDI

Unión Campesina Indígena de Oaxaca Emiliano Zapata UCIO-EZ

Coordinadora Indígena Popular Autónoma CINPA

Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo en Defensa de la Tierra y del Territorio APIIDTT

Voces Oaxaqueñas Construyendo Autonomía y Libertad VOCAL

Comité de familiares y amigos “Damián Gallardo”

Colectivo Mujer Nueva

Consorcio Oaxaca A.C.

Servicios para una Educación Alternativa EDUCA A.C.

Espiral por la vida A.C.

Centro Calpulli A.C.

Centro de Apoyo al Movimiento Popular Oaxaqueño, CAMPO A.C

Defensoría por los derechos humanos Isabel A.C

Comuna Oaxaca

Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo

Movimiento de Unificación y Lucha Triqui

La Unión Cívica Democrática de Barrios, Colonias y Comunidades UCIDEBACC

Unión de Artesanos y Comerciantes en Lucha UACOL

Consejo Indigena Popular Ricardo Flores Magón CIPO-RFM

Unidad, Identidad y Raíces de Oaxaca UNIR

Coordinadora del Movimiento Popular

Coordinadora Nacional Plan de Ayala-Movimiento Nacional CNPA-MN

Frente Indígena y Campesino de México FICAM

Coordinadora Nacional de Movimientos Populares-Línea de Masas CONMOP-LM

Unión Popular Revolucionaria Emiliano Zapata UPREZ

Organización Campesina Independiente de Oaxaca OCIO-CNPA-MN

Movimiento Campesino Regional Independiente MOCRI-CNPA-MN

Unión Civica Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Movimiento en Resistencia de los Pueblos de Tequisquiapan

Movimiento Independiente por el Desarrollo Queretano

Movimiento Social Democrático Independiente de Tabasco

Unión Campesina Zapatista

Movimiento Social Independiente de Veracruz

Organización Popular Independiente de Guerrero

Movimiento Independiente Obrero Campesino Urbano y Popular

Federación Independiente del Valle de Zumpango

Organización de los Pueblos Indígenas e Independientes de Michoacán

Movimiento Jaliscience Popular Independiente

Comisariados Unidos de Oriente

Movimiento Social y Popular de Hidalgo

Sociedad en Movimiento para el Progreso Agrario de Nayarit Manuel Lozada SEMPAN ML

C.M.P

Organización Popular del Estado de México

Movimiento Popular Independiente de Morelos

Movimiento para la Defensa del agua y la Tierra

Asamblea Permanente de Víctimas, sobrevivientes y Expresos politicos de Oaxaca 2006-2007

Movimiento Popular de Resistencia M.P.R

Colmena Oaxaca, caminando con el CIG-CNI

Universidad de la Tierra UniTierra

Unión de Organizaciones de la Sierra Juárez, Oaxaca UNOSJO S.C.

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