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Communiqué of the CIPO-RFM on the Attacks by Paramilitaries Against the Community of La Soledad
by Boston por CIPO-RFM
Email: bostonporciporfm (nospam) yahoo.com
28 Jul 2005
Santa Lucia del Camino, Oaxaca, July 25, 2005
To All Those Who Love Liberty
To The Men and Women of Good Heart:
Once again, the communities that make up the Popular Indigenous Council of Oaxaca-Ricardo Flores Magón (CIPO-RFM), are victims of the injustice, the violence and the oppression by the government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.
Since June 13, our brothers and sisters of La Soledad community, Sola de Vega are being held captive by paramilitaries of the San Cristobal Agency of the Villa Sola de Vega District, comanded by Melchor Silva López. They are treating us worse than animals, our only crime is defending our mother earth and making our own autonomy.
The paramilitaries from the PRI and PAN parties have made two blockades; one in the only entrance after the detour of the highway Puerto Escondido and the other crossing the river, towards La Soledad; each one of the blockades is being guarded by atleast 50 men armed with machetes, sticks, dobermen dogs, short and long fire arms; and a chain that prevents access to the path. Every person or vehicle that passes by there is surrounded and harassed with questions, they demand the identification of everyone, especially of those people they do not know, because there is the threat that if a member of the CIPO-RFM enters in the community they will kim him/her, as they were going to do with Andrés.
This was confirmed on July 21. Desperate to know if our comrades of La Soledad are still alive; distressed by whether they have food and if those who are sick are receiving attention; and despite the threats, a commission of CIPO-RFM comrades went to La Soledad.
They arrived on a pick up truck, which had no sign that they were from the CIPO-RFM, they were surrounded by more than 50 men armed with machetes, sticks, and fire arms. The paramilitaries asked that the CIPO members identify themselves and asked where they were going. They responded they were going to a party to the neighboring community of Minas. The paramilitaries said they could go there but not to La Soledad, beacause there was “a problem”. They continued to ask questions like who did they know from that community, and they were starting to have doubts, threats and warnings were given. The armed men threatened that they could be arrested in any moment if they did not say the truth. The CIPO members insisted they were headed to Minas and they let them go.
They crossed the rain swollen river until they reached the second blockade. There, another group of about 40 men, also armed with machetes and with two dobermen, and short and long firearms, guard the chain that prevents access to the path. The armed men took away the chain, in order to let the comrades pass, when they heard a whistle and the chain was again laid out on the path. The paramilitaries started saying the members were lying and they demanded they identify themselves eventhough the members denied being from the CIPO-RFM. The paramilitaries did not allow the comrades to enter and they had to leave because they wanted to arrest them, what saved them was the presence of our comrade an international observer.
Out of all the paramilitaries, they identified Apolinar García, aka “poli”, known by the inhabitants of La Soledad for being a gunman.
Up until today, our comrades of La Soledad have been able to leave their community by using non transited paths and are putting their lives in danger, by crossing the river in this rainy season: the river is big and dangerous, they also have to do this in the middle of the night or very early in the morning so that the paramilitaries do not see them.
Today, at three in the morning, three women crossed the dangerous river to get food and medicine, but we have not heard from them since, but we do know, that those murderes, the paramilitries are watching and closing the paths.
Their intention is to isolate our comrades, starve them to death and fear, to submit them, silence them, to stop them from being CIPOs, to stop them from organizing, to stop them from demanding their rights.
All this is known to the Governor of State, the Attorney General of Justice, the Municipal President, the Government Delegate, the Public Minister of Villa Sola de Vega, the State Commission for Human Rights in Oaxaca and the National Commission for Human Rights, who have not intervened to solve this injustice, or to guarantee the lives of our brothers and sisters. By not acting against these evident violations of individual and collective human rights, they are accessories and will be directly responsible for any events that could take place like an assassination of one of our brothers or sisters from La Soledad.
For the Reconstitution and Free Assosiation of Peoples
Consejo Indígena Popular de Oaxaca- Ricardo Flores Magón
Translation by Boston por CIPO-RFM
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