OAXACA. SUPPORT FOR THE MUNICIPALITY OF SAN JUAN COPALA
A call to mobilize in support of the resistance of the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala next June 8
The Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala has been under siege for the last 6 months. Armed paramilitaries continue to block roads and refuse to allow people to come and go freely. As a result of their actions, there is no electricity, drinking water, or medical attention in Copala. The children can’t go to school because there are no teachers. Paramilitaries shoot at townspeople daily, resulting in the deaths of at least 21 people between last November and May.
The brutal attack on the caravan on April 27, 2010, in which Human Rights observers Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola, were killed, was carried out with total impunity, and the situation in San Juan Copala has gotten worse since then. Timoteo Alejandro Ramírez, the natural leader of the Autonomous Municipality, and his wife Cleriberta Castro were murdered on May 20. These brutal actions not only represent direct repression against Copala, but are also a message from the bad government and powerful interests to all the peoples of Oaxaca and Mexico who are struggling for self-government and defending their forms of organization and existence.
From the depths of our indigenous roots, we strongly feel that we cannot abandon our sisters and brothers in the face of these outrageous attacks. We echo the call sent out by San Juan Copala to all the peoples of Oaxaca, Mexico, and the world to mobilize next June 8, to help the Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Humanitarian Caravan break the paramilitary siege around the autonomous municipality.
In view of the situation of constant paramilitary hostility experienced by the townspeople, we call on all of you in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the world to organize film showings, rallies, encampments, marches, roadblocks, embassy takeovers, and any and all actions possible in your local situation to bring public attention to the Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Humanitarian Caravan and assist it in achieving its goals.
We ask you to mobilize and help increase the media coverage by freely spreading information broadcast by Radio Plantón daily from 11am to 5 pm at this link, http://giss.tv:8001/plantonsonoro.ogg.m3u, as well as information published on the independent media networks that will be reporting on the June 8th Caravan. Please stay abreast of the situation and do all that you can to see that minimum security conditions exist for achieving the goals of this humanitarian Caravan.
Long live the struggle of the Triqui nation!
Paramilitaries out of the region!
Break the paramilitary siege next June 8!
Asamblea en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio del Istmo de Tehuantepec, Brigadas Indígenas 94, CACITA, CASOTA, Coatlicue, Colectivo AAA, Colectivo Revolver, Comunidad Benito Juárez Chimalapa, Coordinadora Juvenil Libertaria, Frente Cívico Tetiteco, Yunhiz Espacio Alternativo, Radio Ricardo Flores Magón, Radio Totopo, THC Colectivo, Universidad de la Tierra, Espacio Cero, Colectivo Arte Jaguar, Familiares de Lorenzo Sampablo, VOCAL.
June 1, 2010