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August 18, 2016

The children of Nochixtlán

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The children of Nochixtlán


oaxaca-1-960x500A funeral in Nochixtlán


By: Luis Hernández Navarro

When the helicopter flies over Casa Xitla, in southern Mexico City, the children from Nochixtlán who are temporarily housed there run to hide, terrified. The sound of the iron bird over their heads revives the fear and desperation that they experienced in their town on June 19, when the police massacred their friends and relatives.

Almost two months have passed since the attack, and the little ones haven’t forgotten what happened. The police violence appears in their drawings and in their dreams, in their conversations and in their future. When he’s big, says one of the boys, he wants to be a policeman so he can kill the men in uniform who gassed him and crushed his relatives to death.

On June 19, 26 little ones saw their fathers go out to defend their town from the aggression of the police officers and then run and hide. For days, in the esplanade of the Nochixtlán temple, two cardboard signs bore the names of the children who lost their fathers in the Federal Police attack.

That day, in the humble district of November 20, which doesn’t have water or electricity, some 30 police launched gas at houses constructed of metal sheets, cardboard, aluminium cans and scanty materials. 32 children were there, none older than 11. The little ones, seated on a mat told Arturo Cano how they felt suffocated and vomited from the smoke of the tear gas.

One of them talked to him about how they heard the police shouting: “Come here, you’re going to get fucked over here.” Another told him that they were shouting vulgarities and were provoking the teachers. Another one described how “they used their pistols and started to kill people.” And another boy said that they tossed a round thing behind a house, which “exploded, caught fire.”

In total, about 70 minors were direct victims of the police attack. The psychological damage that they suffered is raw and always present. One must add to the count of the child victims the children of those murdered and disabled by the police attack. From now on, without anyone to bring sustenance to the house, they and their mothers will have to work to earn a living.

The Nochixtlán Massacre left the tragic result of eight civilians murdered (11 in Oaxaca), 94 wounded by bullets, 150 direct victims and between 300 and 400 indirect ones. Those who suffered major injuries, who still have bullets in the stomach, how will they live now? It certainly won’t be from cultivating the fields.

The vast majority of the Nochixtlán victims are humble people, who live without savings and with very few resources. Faced with the government’s refusal to offer them medical attention, and the fear of being persecuted, they have had to spend their small incomes on poor quality treatment from private doctors.

Pain upon pain, tragedy upon tragedy, the families of the eight murdered today suffer not only the loss of a loved one, but also the weight of heavy economic debt. They buried their dead as tradition directs, feeding those who for days accompanied them in their grief. A funeral like that costs, at the least, between 100 and 150 thousand pesos, an expense that can only be paid with loans on which they must pay enormous interest rates.

Dozens of those victims gathered last July 31 in the emblematic Plaza de las Tres Culturas, in Tlaltelolco, with their crutches and bandages. With rage and courage, they narrated to the press their pain and showed their wounds. “We are here –they said– we have a name, we have a face, we are afraid. We are here, we have come to demand justice, not money.”

Enraged by the signals from PRI deputies like Mariana Benítez (assistant prosecutor when the 43 Ayotzinapa rural teachers’ college students were disappeared, and co-author of the “historic truth”), they denounced that: “there were bullets that entered through the mouth and came out through the ear; shots that impacted in the legs, the ankles, the groin, as well as the stomach, the chest, the back, the feet and the toes.”

The anger of the Nochixtlecos towards Deputy Benítez and the other members of the special legislative commission, for their investigation of the facts of Nochixtlán, comes from the huge contempt with which they (the commission members) have treated them. Their word is worthless. Although this commission has been formed since last July 6, its members have still been unable to meet with representatives of the Victims Assembly. They have talked to the PGR, the president of the CNDH [National Human Rights Commission] and the Oaxaca ombudsman, but not to those directly affected.

Moreover, various legislators have questioned the account of the facts given by the victims. This is what happened, for example, last July 26. That day, the titleholder of the position of Head of Human Rights of the People of Oaxaca, Arturo Peimbert, challenged before the commission the clarity of what the Federal Police (Policia Federal, PF) operation was pursuing in Nochixtlán, because “if they wanted to achieve the eviction of the superhighway in 15 minutes, they succeeded,” and he asked: “Why did they enter and raid the urban zone, the districts like November 20?” Several members of the commission responded angrily, placing his version in doubt.

Almost two months have passed since the Nochixtlán Massacre, and the federal government has been unable to offer a coherent and credible report of what happened. Nevertheless, versions have been leaked to the press that exonerate the Federal Police and the Gendarmes for the repression, at the same time as blaming five popular organizations in the region. A new ‘historic truth’ is underway.

It’s urgent to know the truth about what happened in Nochixtlán, to punish those responsible and to repair the damage. It’s urgent for the children and those affected to be healed. As the victim say: “if the government invested so much in murdering us, they should now invest it in healing us.”


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

En español:

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

Posted with minor edits by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity on 18/08/2016




July 19, 2016

Human Rights Organizations Present Report on Repression in Nochixtlan

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 Human Rights Organizations Present Report on Repression in Nochixtlan


nochixtlanHuman Rights Defenders. Photo: @CentroProDH


On July 8, various civil society organizations, including the Gobixha Committee for Integral Defence of Human Rights (CODE DH) and Fundar, presented the “Preliminary Report on Violations of Human Rights on June 19 in Oaxaca”. It is based on research and documentation by those organizations, who interviewed witnesses and victims of the repressive events that occurred on June 19, confrontations arising from political decisions of the state and federal governments, to send in an operation to clear the roads. According to the report, “it responds to the need to publicize the chronology of events and human rights violations that occurred in Nochixtlán, and close to the city of Oaxaca in places like Hacienda Blanca, Viguera, San Pablo Huitzo and San Francisco Telixtlahuaca, some of them carried simultaneously.” For the safety of the people who shared their testimonies, their personal details were omitted. Beginning with an introduction to the context, chapters follow on the events in those places near the city of Oaxaca, and then there a list of human rights violations and urgent recommendations.

One day after the publication of the report, the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and the Commission of Authorities of various municipalities met at the “Teachers and Popular Meeting” on Saturday July 9, along with agricultural authorities, unions and social organizations to “provide a context for the information on the situation of the teachers and popular movement, operate the agreements last meeting of the authorities held in Nochixtlán, and build an agenda of the peoples against structural reforms”. One of the agreements that came out is to have a caravan to Mexico City on Sunday July 17 to get there on July 19, one month after “the Nochixtlán massacre”.


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July 15, 2016

Documentary: Nochixtlán, land of the brave

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Documentary: Nochixtlán, land of the brave






By Avispa Midia
July 10, 2016

The following documentary conveys the feelings and testimonies of the people that lived through the massacre that occurred in Nochixtlán on June 19, when the police killed at least 11 demonstrators. After various government attempts at negotiation with the families of the fallen, the people maintain their position of rejecting the Educational Reform and the structural reforms.

“We do not negotiate with our dead. Instead, we ask the federal government to leave and the state government to go with them, because they do not know how to govern the Oaxacan people,” said the mother of a family that was part of the dialogue commission of Nochixtlán with the federal government.




Documentary: Nochixtlán, land of the brave



July 12, 2016

Mexican NGOs Condemn Extrajudicial Killings by Police in Oaxaca

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Mexican NGOs Condemn Extrajudicial Killings by Police in Oaxaca





Mexican human rights organizations have issued a scathing preliminary report accusing the Mexican government of a series of human rights abuses — including excessive use of force, arbitrary detentions and extrajudicial executions — stemming from the actions of police during operations in the southern state of Oaxaca that have left at least 10 people dead.

The report, produced by a consortium of human rights groups working on Oaxaca, is based on interviews with witnesses and survivors of a heavy-handed police action on June 19 aimed at clearing a series of roadblocks set up by striking teachers from the CNTE union.

According to the report, the police operation, which involved 800 state and federal officers, led to widespread human rights violations, up to and including the denial of the right to life.

The report details the events of June 19 as they happened in several locales throughout Oaxaca: Nochixtlan, Hacienda Blanca and San Pablo Huitzo.

police_nochixtlan_19-06-2016_x02x.jpg_916636689The town of Nochixtlan saw the most violence, with seven people killed there, the majority as a result of wounds from gunfire.

The organizations classified these deaths as extrajudicial executions.

The report indicates that police used tactical and live munitions indiscriminately as they tried try to evict the teachers from the roadblock.

“The police who were at the front were the ones who were shooting teargas, and on the other side of the highway, that’s where the police who fired bullets were located,” said one witness.

Police and state officials initially denied that officers used live ammunition, but evidence shared on social media forced them to admit police fired bullets at demonstrators.

Beyond the use of live ammunition, the report criticizes the disproportionate amount of force employed, including the heavy use of teargas. Thirty-four children from one neighbourhood near the site of clashes in Nochixtlan were forced to flee due to the overwhelming effects of teargas.

In other locations, police fired teargas from helicopters above.

The report also strongly criticizes illegal and arbitrary detentions carried out by police.

The most galling example was the arrest of 18 people, completely unconnected to the protests, as they were preparing a site for the burial of a family member near the town of Nochixtlan.

Those 18 people were taken to a state jail the following morning where they were allegedly held incommunicado in cramped conditions and denied the ability to perform bodily functions, which the report said “could constitute torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”

The use of arbitrary detention was widespread on June 19, with the report sharing the following account from the locale of Hacienda Blanca:

“A 35-year-old woman was arbitrarily arrested upon returning from safeguard her children with neighbors. Force was used in her detention despite the fact she did not resist,” the report states. “The reasons for her detention were not explained and she was held incommunicado, facing physical abuse and sexual abuse for several hours.”

The report also alleged police used racist and sexist slurs and that many officers threatened to execute of forcibly disappear the detained, even making allusions to the case of the 43 students from the neighbouring state of Guerrero who were disappeared by elements of the state in 2014.

The repression also took a psychological toll on residents.

“Since that day my grandson draws planes dropping bombs with me below with my hair standing up, he doesn’t even want to go outside anymore,” one survivor from San Pablo Huitzo said.

The report ends with a series of urgent recommendations, including a call for a “thorough and impartial investigation to determine criminal and administrative consequences for the public servants involved in human rights violations committed in the operation conducted on June 19, 2016.”

The organizations also ask for international human rights groups, including the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, to accompany and observe the situation in Oaxaca in order to prevent further violations and to ensure justice is served.

The report was signed off by the following organizations: Comité de Defensa Integral de Derechos Humanos Gobixha A.C., Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C., FUNDAR, Luna del Sur A.C., and Ojo de Agua Comunicación.

A second investigation, carried out by Proceso magazine, arrived at similar conclusions as the report by the consortium of human rights groups. Proceso further alleged that police even violated their own internal protocols.


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