Acteal: We haven’t forgotten and we never will

Friday, August 21, Mexico City. Songs, photos and messages of a demonstration outside the federal Supreme Court building catch the attention of some passers-by.

One lady asks what the protest was about. “They just made sure justice was done in the Acteal case, didn’t they?”

“No, not really,” a protester explains. “When the Supreme Court let 20 of the shooters go last week, they put the lives of the pacifists in the Las Abejas organization in real danger. And the ones who planned the crime have never set foot in jail. They killed a baby, 14 children, 21 women and 9 men in cold blood. Do you think that’s justice?”

The meeting is held the same day that news comes out in Washington D.C. confirming the Mexican Army’s support for “anti-Zapatista armed groups” at the time of the Acteal massacre.


Family members of the 12 political prisoners of the Loxicha region will march to Mexico City


Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca, June 4, 2009

Comrades, as you probably know, for more than 13 years in Mexico we continually see harsher forms and techniques of harassing, repressing, intimidating and disappearing different social and political leaders and opinion shapers in different regions of the country. But in the State of Oaxaca and its different regions and micro regions, these forms of State terrorism have been intensified with the imprisonment of the comrades from the Loxicha, Isthmus, and Mixteca regions.

For years, the government of the State of Oaxaca, in complicity with the federal government, has generated low intensity warfare against the indigenous communities of these regions that have gotten organized and defended themselves against the injustices committed by the different PRI governments imposed on them for 13 years.

Repression Solidarity

Mexico City protest against the repression in Ocotlán, Oaxaca

by Carolina

Yesterday May 6, the House of Government of the state Oaxaca in Mexico City was the scene of a protest against the violent removal of a camp set up to demand the suspension of activities at the Cuzcatlán in San José Progreso, Ocotlán, Oaxaca. Around 25 demonstrators shouted out for the release of 20 people arrested during the evacuation, which took place on Wednesday morning May 6, around 8 o’clock. More than 2500 state and federal police firing their weapons used tear gas, police dogs, and vicious beatings to clear the camp away.

In recent months, the government has responded to opposition to the expropriation of lands in Ocotlán, the heavy use of explosives to blast tunnels, damage to private homes, lead pollution, and acid runoff causing many illnesses, with a campaign of kidnappings, threats, harassment, and attacks against the movement.


Tlatelolco – the 40th anniversary

Mexico, October 2, 1968: The Night of Tlatelolco; the Death of the Student Movement

Ernesto Páramo – Tlaxcala

Translation: Machetera

The events of the night of Tlatelolco are still concealed, 40 years later, by a cold, dense fog that obscures the identity of a multitude of secondary actors, who nevertheless played important roles in the tragedy. The main actors who took the decisions and had direct responsibility for the events that led to the slaughter were: the President of the Republic, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz; the Interior Secretary, Luis Echeverría Álvarez, the President’s Chief of Staff, Luis Gutiérrez Oropeza, the commander of the military operation in Tlatelolco, General José Herández Toledo, and the commander of the Olympia Battalion, Colonel Ernesto Gutiérrez Gomes Tagle, among others, along with those who dedicated themselves to sowing confusion as a strategy of disinformation in the days that followed the slaughter. All have remained beyond the reach of law and justice.

However, the blood of the young people and the tears of the adults are still fresh and painful.


Takeover of CNDH Office in Mexico City for Repressive Climate in Oaxaca



The misgovernments of Calderon in Mexico and Ulises Ruiz in Oaxaca are bent on maintaining their mechanisms of systematic repression and permanent violations of human rights and constitutional guarantees. They’ve proved this through processes of indiscriminate aggression against the community life of different indigenous peoples in Oaxaca and other parts of the country, and the situation is getting increasingly worse.

Their power strongholds breed policies of robbery and plunder, as well as violence. In them, many public functionaries who are obedient to very particular political or economic interests maintain relationships with corrupt authorities, local power bosses, or sinister individuals; consequently, corruption continues to grow inside the institutions and government structures.