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February 9, 2017

Book Launch of “Fighting with a Woman’s Heart” in Oaxaca City

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 Book Launch of “Fighting with a Woman’s Heart” in Oaxaca City



On Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m., the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) will launch “Fighting with a Woman’s Heart. The Situation and Participation of Women in Chiapas (1995-2015) “, a diagnosis of the main changes in the last 20 years, at the offices of Consorcio Oaxaca, Calle Pensamientos, 104, Colonia Reforma, Oaxaca City. Join us!




September 9, 2016

Chiapas CNTE holds consultations on ending strike

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Chiapas CNTE holds consultations on ending strike


liverpool-plazaOne of the shopping plazas closed by protesting teachers in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas

By: Angeles Mariscal

Teachers of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) carried out consultations in their more than 800 delegations in the state to make a decision about ending the strike that started last May 15 and return to classes. The federal government proposed, extra-officially, suspending de facto the application of the education reform only in Chiapas, through an agreement that would be in effect starting from reaching agreement until the end of the presidential term (sexenio). [1]

During the assembly held last Friday, dissident teachers announced the federal government’s proposal. According to Manuel Mendoza, the CNTE’s leader in the state’s indigenous zone, the federal government’s proposal was made verbally and includes, besides considering Chiapas as a state of emergency, revising the conditions in which education is imparted within the state, in terms of infrastructure and capacity building, to attain some improvements.

The promises also include that their wages would not be docked nor any teacher fired that participated in mobilizations against the education reform, and a program would be implemented for capacity building and incentives for those who wish to participate in the evaluations, above all for those who will be contracted under the new scheme.

During the assembly, at first the teachers decided to continue the strike, because the proposal to suspend the application of the reform was only to the Chiapas teachers; however the decision of the Oaxaca teachers to return to classes next Wednesday, opened the possibility of reaching their own agreements.

Therefore, according to what the CNTE’s spokesperson, José Luis Escobar, announced during this week and until September 9 when they hold the state assembly, the teachers will hold consultations in their more than 800 delegations, in which the parents and organizations that have supported the labour strike also participate.

He explained that faced with the decision of the Oaxaca teachers, the viability of continuing the strike alone must be analysed in Chiapas. He said that if in the delegation assemblies they make the decision to end the strike and return to classes, it does not mean the end of the movement to attain the abrogation of the education reform, but rather re-proposing a new strategy for achieving it.

They agreed to maintain protest actions while they are carrying out the consultation in which it is foreseen that teachers of the indigenous zone will oppose ending the strike because there is no formal written proposal. Today they again closed shopping plazas in the capital; in one of them business owners and their workers placed themselves at the doors in order to impede entry to the demonstrators.

They hung canvas banners with the slogan “CNTE: We’re at home, we need to work.” Nevertheless, the demonstrators did achieve closing the establishments.

[1] Sexenio means a six-year term of office. Here, the reference is to the six-year term of current President Enrique Peña Nieto that ends in December 2018.


Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo

Monday, September 5, 2016

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee


Oaxaca Dissident Teachers Return to Schools, Saying “the Struggle Continues”




Proceso: Oaxaca, Oaxaca. Thirteen days into the school year, the teachers of Section 22 of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) who are members of the CNTE [the dissident National Coordinating Committee of Education Workers] decided to return to the classroom, but clarified that their return to teaching does not mean a defeat, because their struggle continues.

Meanwhile, the Secretariat of Education began proceedings to dismiss 1,239 thousand teachers in Oaxaca for accumulating more than three unexcused absences, as provided for in Article 76 of the General Law of the Professional Teaching Service [core part of the education reform].

In a ceremony in Asuncion Nochixtlán, the Political Commission of Section 22 noted that the bloodshed there on June 19, that left 8 dead and over 100 injured, will not be in vain because “we are never going to bow down before an imposed policy. The fight is for the students and for them we will never abandon our struggle,” they warned.

…They insisted that no reform is possible without the participation of students, parents and teachers, however, they said, “we return [to the schools] to fulfil the commitment to students, because educational work is also a political action.”

Finally, they stressed that “in Oaxaca we will never give in. This battle doesn’t end, on the contrary, it is starting because hard times are coming, but that does not scare us.”

Previously, the teachers had said that their struggle would not end with the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, but would continue until a national position was established on [the repeal of] the education reform…

Translated by Reed Brundage


Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity on 09/09/2016



August 26, 2016

Insumisión: Schools Remain Closed as the State Amasses Forces of Repression

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Insumisión: Schools Remain Closed as the State Amasses Forces of Repression

Originally posted on It’s Going Down
By Scott Campbell

As the strike against educational reform by teachers belonging to the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) in Mexico enters its fourth month, the conflict between the people and the neoliberal narcostate seems poised to take another turn, a potentially violent one. The government is running out of tricks, leaving the likelihood it will return to its old standby, state violence, all the more likely.

When the strike first began on May 15, the government’s tactic was to ignore the teachers, refusing to talk to them. As that failed and support for the teachers grew, it tried brute force, leading to the Nochixtlán massacre on June 19, a day when twelve were killed. That repression caused national outrage and succeeded in turning a teachers’ movement into a popular one. The government then offered up negotiations as a fig leaf, yet meeting after meeting made clear that the state had no actual interest in negotiating anything. The school year started in Mexico on Monday, August 22, but teachers remain on strike and schools have not opened in Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacán and parts of Mexico City.


oaxaca-march-school-yearMarch in Oaxaca on August 22.


Frustrated in their attempts to crush or wear down the teachers, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced on upon the start of classes that, “There will be no more dialogue; education first.” A day later on August 23, Public Education Minister Aurelio Nuño stated, “With complete clarity we say, there is no possibility of returning to any negotiations until all children are where they should be, in a classroom. And precisely because the future of Mexico is non-negotiable, the Educational Reform will continue.” The Defence Minister got into the act, claiming the armed forces support the reform and that soldiers want “to serve as an example for others.” Not coincidentally, that same day three airplanes full of federal police arrived in Oaxaca to join the thousands of state forces already stationed there, an indication that Peña Nieto may make good on his statement that “the government has no qualms about applying the use of force” as a means to resolve the teachers’ strike. At least 1,500 more federal police were in Oaxaca by Wednesday, August 24 and helicopter flyovers of the city had resumed for the first time since the Nochixtlán massacre.

In recent weeks, mass mobilizations and movement organizing efforts have continued. August 8, Emiliano Zapata’s birthday, saw upwards of 100,000 teachers and farmers march together in Mexico City. A day later, farmers, teachers and civil society groups took over a toll plaza on the Nayarit-Sinaloa highway, allowing cars to pass for free and asking that instead of paying the toll drivers donate to the struggle. Teachers, civil society groups and prominent academics gathered in Mexico City on August 10 for a twelve-hour national forum to discuss what a democratic and holistic education project would look like. A second forum will happen in September. During this time, for five days in a row teachers in Chiapas blockaded and shut down businesses belonging to transnational corporations and companies who are part of the neoliberal business association Mexicanos Primeros. Another business group, COPARMEX, recently lamented that the teachers’ strike has caused more economic damage than the armed Zapatista uprising in 1994. On August 12, Secretary General Rubén Núñez and Organization Secretary Francisco Villalobos of CNTE Section 22 in Oaxaca were released from prison. And the Guatemalan teachers’ union also expressed their support, shutting down an international crossing with Mexico for the second time on August 13.


nayarit-sinaloa-toll-booth-takeoverToll plaza takeover on Nayarit-Sinaloa highway.


Following the last round of fruitless talks with the government on August 16, the CNTE agreed on August 18 to not return to classes. They were backed up in Chiapas by parents assemblies that vowed to shut down any school that attempted to open on August 22. Instead, the school year was kicked off in the rebellious south with tens of thousands marching in Chiapas and Oaxaca and the installation of 25 highway blockades for 48 hours in Oaxaca alone.

Peña Nieto is likely seeking to impose a solution to the strike before long. September 15 is Mexico’s Independence Day and an increase in state repression often occurs right beforehand to ensure the reign of social peace for an undisturbed celebration of nationalism. Just down the road, the PRI will be retaking power in Oaxaca under the governorship of Alejandro Murat on December 1, and positioning is already underway for the 2018 presidential elections, with none other than Public Education Minister Aurelio Nuño pushing to be the PRI candidate.

One last note about the teachers. Section 22 in Oaxaca previously set up a fund for the survivors and families of the victims of the Nochixtlán massacre. The Mexican government, in collaboration with Santander Bank, quickly shut it down, confiscating the 17,000 pesos it contained. There is again a way to donate to the Nochixtlán fund. For obvious reasons, it is not public. If you or your crew would like to donate/organize a benefit, get in touch at scott [at] fallingintoincandescence [dot] com.

Aside from the teachers’ strike, Peña Nieto has been having a rough couple of weeks in the realm of popular opinion. On August 11, a poll revealed his approval rating to be at a historically low 23 percent. This certainly wasn’t helped when five days later The Guardian reported that Peña Nieto’s wife, Angelica Rivera, has been enjoying stays in Key Biscayne, Florida at a $2 million apartment owned by Grupo Pierdant, a company bidding on Mexican government contracts. This news broke only a month after Peña Nieto apologized for the “perception” of wrong-doing related to Rivera’s $7 million purchase of a home in Guerrero owned by government contractor Grupo Higa. Then on August 21, a widely publicized exposé showed that Peña Nieto plagiarized nearly one-third of his university thesis. While these PR stumbles certainly don’t cast Peña Nieto in a positive light, he still maintains the support of the elite and these incidents pale in comparison to the broader devastation and exploitation he has wrought on Mexico.


michoacan-train-track-burning-protestTrucks set alight on train tracks in Michoacán.


Challenges to the status quo continue outside of the teachers’ strike as well. On August 11, students from Michoacán’s eight teaching colleges (normales) burned two trucks on train tracks and blockaded a highway. The students were acting in support of the teachers and also demanding the government guarantee a certain number of jobs upon graduation. Currently the state government refuses to hire teachers coming from normales in Michoacán. At a subsequent protest on August 15, while the normalistas were blockading a highway, federal and state police arrived and opened fire on them. Forty-one were arrested and fortunately no one was killed. Eight students remain in maximum security prison.

On that same day, to the east in the State of Mexico, police opened fire on students protesting cuts in enrolment at an extension school of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Naucalpan. The shooting is the first example of the use of the Eruviel Law, which allows police in the State of Mexico to fire live ammunition at demonstrations and punishes police who don’t follow orders to do so.

Atenco, also in the State of Mexico, received a solidarity visit from environmentalists Vandana Shiva and Sebastiao Pinheiro on August 13 in support of the community’s struggle against the latest attempt to build Mexico City’s new international airport on its lands. Construction of the highway to leading to the airport was ordered suspended on July 26, yet crews and machinery began operating again on August 16. Atencans ran the crews off their land and reinforced the encampment in Tocuila, designed to impede construction. On August 18 and 19, construction began again, escorted by a “shock group” of men hired by a local authority. The group tore down and burned the encampment on August 19 and threw stones at Atencans who came out to defend their land. Defiant as ever, Atenco residents rebuilt the encampment the same day.

The state of Morelos, south of Mexico City, saw a massive demonstration of 100,000 on August 16, when teachers, civil society groups and even the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos (UAEM) called for a mobilization against Governor Graco Ramírez. Protesters were demanding he be removed from office and charged for the ongoing femicides, kidnappings, murders, and corruption. Students also erected an encampment surrounding the state government’s offices. As if to make the point clearer, a report released a week later found that of the 117 bodies illegally buried in mass graves by the state prosecutor’s office in Morelos, 84 showed signs of torture. Naturally, the state’s reply was to issue an arrest warrant for the president of UAEM. In a similar case, Professor Rene Torres in Mexico City has been arrested three times in three days, only to be released without charge each time, in clear retaliation for his support of the student struggle at the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN).

A few more pieces to share to round out this latest dispatch of news. The relatives of the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa have cut off negotiations with the federal government. They say they will not return until Tomás Zerón, the head of the Criminal Investigation Agency (equivalent to the FBI in the US), is removed from his position. To mark 23 months since the disappearance, the families will be holding a cultural, artistic and political event outside of Aztec Stadium on August 26. Environmental defender and political prisoner Ildefenso Zamora was freed after nearly nine months in prison on trumped-up charges on August 13. A report on Radio Zapote documents the ongoing struggle of farmworkers in San Quintín and their primary tool: a boycott of Driscoll’s Berries. While actions are frequent in the US, a Boycott Driscoll’s protest occurred at a supermarket in Mexico City on August 18. On August 22 and 23 the first National Gathering on Forced Disappearance was held in Mexico City.


After months of organizing, 105 indigenous Oxchuc communities jointly decided to expel political parties and elected officials from their lands and to return to governing according to the indigenous practice of usos y costumbres. The final event of the Zapatista-initiated CompArte Festival for Humanity occurred in the Zapatista caracol of Roberto Barrios. Here’s a translation of Subcomandante Moisés’ statement at the end of the festival. The National Indigenous Congress, a Zapatista-inspired formation, will celebrate 20 years of existence with its fifth gathering in San Cristóbal, Chiapas in October. In other indigenous-related news, a new report noted that 80 percent of Mexico’s indigenous population lives in “poverty”. A condition that, if you’re Governor Mario López of Sinaloa, exists because of laziness. In response to a report that 822,000 Sinaloans live in “extreme poverty”, López said, “In Sinaloa, if you’re hungry, it’s because you’re lazy.”




Anarchist political prisoner Fernando Bárcenas released a call for solidarity with the prison strike happening in US prisons on September 9. We’ll have the English translation up shortly. And a group of anarchists offered a difficult but important public reflection on the events surrounding the police murder of anarchist Salvador Olmos in Oaxaca in June, which It’s Going Down has published in English.

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity on 26/08/16



August 4, 2016

World Day Against Opencast Mining

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World Day Against Opencast Mining


mining.pngPoster for international day of struggle against mega-mining in defence of life and water. (Photo:@OtrosMundos)


In the framework of World Day Against Opencast Mining, which is commemorated on July 22, several events were held in different parts of the country. In Oaxaca, for example, groups in the isthmus region took part in the forum for “Strategies of Struggle for the Defence of Mother Earth and Territory” in the capital of Oaxaca. This event was part of the national campaign in defence of Mother Earth, which gives voice to the experience of hundreds of people preyed upon by mining projects in Mexico. Other collectives, the Lawyers and Defenders of Public Interest Collective, Common Borders and Greenpeace Mexico presented the manual “Protection of Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights (PESCER) of Peoples and Communities Against Mining Megaprojects in Mexico” as a tool to address the abuses of mining projects throughout the country.

One day before, in the framework of resistance, communal and agricultural authorities, communities and organizations in Oaxaca and other Mexican states, met in Oaxaca to launch the State Rebellion Against Mining Day. They released a statement in which they expressed their “decision to fight together to stop these abuses and to affirm our own ways of living and governing ourselves.” They were worried “because these violations cause immense damage to Mother Earth and rip apart the social fabric of communities causing divisions and confrontations.”

In accordance with data published in El Universal in 2014, it is currently estimated that at state-level there is a concession of an area for 793,525 hectares for metal mining. As such, a fifth of Mexico has been given over to the mining sector. Marisa Jacott, Common Borders director, explained that “the massive destruction of natural resources caused by mining activities are manifold, such as air, water and soil pollution on a large scale; violent dispossession, repression and crime against forms of territorial defence and community organization; deteriorating health of local residents of mines; as well as the impact suffered by miners for working in high-risk conditions and the intensive use of dangerous materials and chemical substances.”

Due to this, the PESCER manual deals with the relationships and tensions caused by mining, and proposes that it is “from overexploitation, deterioration and allocation of natural resources that the Mexican State favours the profit of private and foreign interests over social [interests] and in this way breaks collective rights.” However, the manual proposes the use of legal and non-legal tools for communities to strengthen their struggle for the defence of their territory, heritage and health from the increase of predator mining in Mexico.

Posted on 4/8/16 by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity



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

Filed under: Human rights, Repression, Uncategorized — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 10:24 am



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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July 9, 2016

Zapatistas Condemn ‘Cowardly Police Attack’ on Mexican Teachers

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Zapatistas Condemn ‘Cowardly Police Attack’ on Mexican Teachers


nochixtlan8-800x400Armed riot police attack striking teachers in the town of Nochixtlan, Oaxaca, June 19, 2016. | Photo: Reuters


In a joint communique, the National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN condemn the Mexican state’s deadly violence in Oaxaca.

The National Indigenous Congress, CNI, and the Zapatista National Liberation Army, EZLN, condemned Monday the “cowardly police attack” against teachers affiliated with the CNTE union, and against the Indigenous community of Nochixtlan in Oaxaca, violence that left at least a dozen dead and dozens more injured.

“Faced with the cowardly repressive attack suffered by the teachers and the community in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca,” the statement reads, teachers should know “that they are not alone, that we know that reason and truth are on their side, that the collective dignity from which they speak their resistance is unbreakable, and that this (is) the principal weapon of those of us below.”

The statement condemns the state’s “escalation of repression,” including “unfair detention and now assassinations,” not just in Oaxaca, but in Chiapas, Guerrero and Michoacan.

The groups demand the state immediately release detained teachers and call for solidarity from civil society against the “neoliberal capitalist reform that they call ‘education reform.’”

The state violence carried out against the protest, according to both social organizations, reflects the violence also carried out against Indigenous and rural communities.

“The ones who delight in power decided that education, health, Indigenous and campesinos territories, and even peace and security, are a commodity for whoever can afford them, and that rights are not rights but products and services that can be grabbed, stripped, destroyed, negotiated according to what big capital dictates.”

Police were attempting to evict teachers from a road blockade on the Oaxaca-Puebla highway on June 19 in the municipality of Nochixtlan when gunfire erupted, leading to violent clashes that lasted approximately four hours.

Teachers from the dissident CNTE union, also known as Section 22, had set up the blockade as part of protests over an education reform implemented by President Enrique Peña Nieto and the arrest of several of the unions’ leaders over the past week.

Peña Nieto unveiled an education reform in 2013 as part of a set of 11 neoliberal reforms implemented in his first 20 months of power.

The controversial law imposes teacher evaluations in order to determine which applicants will be chosen to fill open posts in the public school system nationwide. Critics say the testing only justifies mass layoffs and does not effectively measure teaching skills, like the special knowledge and demeanour needed to teach in rural areas and Indigenous communities.


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July 3, 2016

National Movement

Filed under: Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:50 pm



National Movement


53d3bf11a205410458ecb9c0Mixe: Desinformemonos


The ones from below

Gloria Muñoz Ramírez, La Jornada, 25 June 2016

The teachers’ rebellion has become a national movement, which has its own dynamic in the indigenous regions of the country. It is not then an accident that in the states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas and Michoacan, the battle against the laws (mistakenly labelled as “education reforms”) has been taken up within the existing organisations of indigenous communities. That is, decisions are being taken in community assemblies, rather than within the trade unions.

It is therefore at the community level that a strategy is being worked out and actions launched. These include raising barricades, making blockades and going head to head confrontation in the unequal struggle against the weapons of the federal police. As seen at Nochixtlan, this means facing bullets, rather than tear gas.

Neither is it a coincidence that the two of the largest social movements in Mexico are supporting the dissident teachers. These include the parents of the 43 student teachers disappeared by the government 21 months ago in Iguala in Guerrero, all of whom are indigenous. They also include the Zapatistas in Chiapas, whose supporters belong to seven indigenous groups, and where the first repressive measures against the teachers’ protest were launched.

In the Mixe highland region of Oaxaca a massive mobilisation is taking place, even though this has been completely ignored by the mainstream media. Damian Martinez, an indigenous Mixe from Tlahuitoltepec, notes that more than 20,000 indigenous people have taken part, from municipalities including Tlahuitoltepec, Tamazulapam, Ayutla, Totontepec, Mixistlán, Chichicaxtepec, Yacochi, Huitepec, Metaltepec, Zacatepec, Alotepec, Juquila, Cacalotepec, Tepantlali, Chuxnaban, Tepuxtepec, Quetzaltepec, Tiltepec, Tepitongo, Ocotepec, Estancia de Morelos, San Isidro Huayapan, and Atitlán. In spite of this, none of the big television channels have covered the events. The only press reports have been from community radio stations, including Radio Jën poj from Tlahuitoltepec, and Radio Kong in Ayutla.

The most important issue, as in all indigenous mobilisation, is the process of making decisions through community assemblies. In the Mixe region people started by spreading news about the events of 19 June in Nochixtlan, where according to the local population at least ten people were shot dead by the federal police. According to Damian Martinez, the Mixe people hold that their struggle is not only to support the teachers, but to oppose the neo-liberal policies of the government, and the repression and killing of townspeople.

In the Mixtec area of Oaxaca state, lawyer Violeta Hernandez asks “were the Mixtec communities consulted on this reform, which has cost the lives of their children?” Without a doubt the answer to this is no. This is a major reason for the organised response of the communities to the repression.


Translated by the UK Zapatista Solidarity Network

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June 30, 2016

Teachers Continue Mobilizations Due to Lack of Agreements over Educational Reform

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Teachers Continue Mobilizations Due to Lack of Agreements over Educational Reform






In negotiations that lasted about seven hours, the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and the Government Secretariat (SG) resolved that “attaining justice for the people of Nochixtlan, Guerrero, is the priority of the dialogue”, according to La Jornada. The news outlet noted that the government will seek to carry out exhaustive investigations into the events in Nochixtlan on June 19, where nine civilians lost their lives in a confrontation between dissident teachers and state and federal police. The government committed itself to damage reparations for the families of the dead.

At the same time, both parties in the dialogue continue to formulate an agenda for discussion in which the CNTE proposed the repeal of educational reform as a central point. In a statement, Adelfo Alejandro Gomez, of Section 7 of Chiapas, declared that they want to find a “deep” solution, one that “is not passing nor momentary.” He warned that the mobilizations and blockades will not be stopped but they will contin13528977_260254724339779_1098098560336157652_nue with their plan of action so that the educational reform is reversed. For his part, the Secretary for the Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, reiterated that repeal of the reform is not the competency of his Secretariat: “it is not a theme that we can see to, it is a constitutional mandate, it is a reform made by the legislators, by the Constituent Assembly.” He also emphasized “co-responsibility”, referring to the necessity of both parties to reach an agreement, requesting the teachers to guarantee conditions of calm, stability, passage for supplies and ending the academic year.


Meanwhile, blockades continue on ten highways in Oaxaca and 14 in Chiapas, blocked by teachers, families and civil society that sympathizes with the CNTE to reject the police repression in Nochixtlan as well as the repeal of the educational reform. It should be highlighted that the first round of negotiations took place after a month of teachers’ protests against the government refusal to establish communication with the teachers, and that this only happened after the death of nine people in the blockade in Oaxaca. No date has been announced to resume the negotiations for the moment.


On another note, Roberto Paciencia Cruz, unjustly imprisoned in in the State Centre for Social Reinsertion for Prisoners (CERSS) No. 5 in San Crsitobal de Las Casas, observed two days of fasting and prayer in solidarity with the CNTE. In a public letter, the adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), wrote that “such a painful event as occurred in Oaxaca that our brothers lost their lives (sic)” motivated him to sympathize with the teachers “who have been fighting against the educational reform for more than a month.” He also demanded that the President of the Republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, “exhort the Governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, for the freedom of compañero Alejandro Diaz Santiz”, an organized prisoner who has been imprisoned for 17 years and would have the right to partial remission of his sentence to be paroled.


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June 27, 2016

Network for Peace Rejects Violence and Repression of Teachers and Calls for Dialogue

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Network for Peace Rejects Violence and Repression of Teachers and Calls for Dialogue




San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, June 21, 2016

The member organizations of Network for Peace (Red por la Paz) express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces, against the teachers’ movement and civil society which has expressed its rejection in recent weeks of the educational reform passed in 2013. It has been repeatedly pointed out that the educational reform promoted by Enrique Peña Nieto, passed by the Congress of the Union and the congresses of the federal states, as well as permitting the gradual privatization of public education, is a labour reform that breaks with the principle of stable employment and the right to form a trade union.

The mobilizations of protest and rejection that have been organized by sections seven and 22 of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacan, among others, have been repressed through the excessive use of public force, extended to the sympathetic population or simply passers-by in the places where the protests were happening.

In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested.

In this context, the risk of an escalation of repressive and indiscriminate violence, on the part of the State, in all of the states where the teachers’ movement has protested with the support of civil society (Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chiapas, Michoacan, Guerrero, among others) is very high and against this, of a popular response that, tired of attacks and deaths, could respond with defensive violence. Against this context of violence in which several violations of human rights have occurred, and also due to the recurring climate of impunity, we call for national and international solidarity to show, in writing to the President of the Republic, its rejection of excessive use of force against the teachers’ movement and against civil society.

We demand from Enrique Peña Nieto:

  • Public and respectful dialogue that genuinely addresses and presents solutions to the just demands of the teachers’ union.
  • An end to the repression and criminalization of the teachers’ union.


Chiapas Network for Peace:

Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz A.C. (SERAPAZ)

Comisión de Apoyo a la Unidad y Reconciliación Comunitaria, A.C. (CORECO)

Desarrollo Económico y Social de los Mexicanos Indígenas, A.C. (DESMI)

Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (Frayba)

Educación para la Paz, A.C. (EDUPAZ)

ENLACE, Comunicación y Capacitación, A.C. (ENLACE CC)

Servicio Internacional para la Paz (Sipaz)

Centro de Derechos de la Mujer Chiapas, A.C. (CDMCH)

Comité de Derechos Huanos Fray Pedro Lorenzo de La Nada (CDHFP)

Centro de Derechos Indígenas A.C. (CEDIAC)





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Community radio journalist and activist killed by police in Oaxaca‏

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Community radio journalist and activist killed by police in Oaxaca‏



Igavec Noticias
June 26, 2016

HUAJUAPAN DE LEÓN- Salvador Olmo García, a 27-year old vendor, community journalist, activist, defender of lands, vocalist and pioneer of the anarko-punk movement in Huajuapan, was found seriously injured this Sunday morning in the Las Huertas neighborhood of the city.

Around 4:40 this morning, rescue workers of the National Emergency Commission (CNE) were alerted by local police agents that that there was a seriously wounded person at an unnumbered building on Naranjos Street, so Ambulance 06 of District 020 was immediately dispatched to the spot.

When the paramedics arrived, they saw someone lying by the side of the road. They immediately gave him first aid and put him on a stretcher.

When they noted that he had serious wounds on his arms, legs, head and torso, they decided to take him to the Emergency Room at the Pilar Sánchez Villavicencio General Hospital of Huajuapan, so he could get the necessary medical care.

After trying for several minutes to save his life, however, the medics reported that Chava, as he was known by his family and friends, had breathed his last due to the presence and accumulation of outdoor or pulmonary air in the chest cavity (pneumothorax), a fracture of the right arm and a broken nose.

After the death of Salvador, who was also a reporter for the Tuun Ñuu Savi community radio, fellow broadcasters accused local police agents of being both the perpetrators and the masterminds of this crime. They said that Chava had previously been arrested and then run over by an official police vehicle.

The reporters also demanded a speedy investigation to determine exactly what happened and punishment for the responsible parties. They warned that if these demands are not met, alternative measures will be taken to see that justice is done for this and other acts that they consider fascist and oppressive by uniformed policemen.

Salvador Olmo García had been struggling for 15 years in defense of Mixteca lands and communities and against the exploitation of natural resources and the granting of concessions to foreign mining companies by government authorities.

After this terrible attack, dozens of friends, acquaintances and family members gathered at the Tuun Ñuu Savi radio station to show their support and demand that the responsible parties be punished.

“Members of the Huajuapan society, we hope you understand what they did to our comrade. We don’t want to incite violence, but we are outraged about this attack and we want justice. Chava always struggled for equality. He was a productive, supportive person in the society, and as an anarchist, always protected others around him.”

“He was a good man with the soul of a child, with his black t-shirts, dreadlocks and boots. This was the only space he found where he could freely grow and develop,” said one of the activists who was a close comrade of Salvador’s.

Dorset Chiapas Solidarity 

Translated by Scott Campbell



Protests in Chiapas against the repression in Nochixtlán

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Protests in Chiapas against the repression in Nochixtlán

With Roadblocks, Marches, Processions, Prayers and Two Federal Police Detained, They Protest the Repression in Nochixtlán


2016-06-20-photo-00000230-600x337-1Indigenous people detain Federal Police in Huixtán, Chiapas.


Excerpt from an article in Chiapas Paralelo by Isaín Mandujano

June 21, 2016

With roadblocks, public pronouncements, processions and religious prayers, as well as the retention of two Federal Police, Indigenous peoples, campesinos, parents and teachers from Chiapas demanded a stop to the repression in Oaxaca and punishment of those responsible for the crimes committed during the eviction in Nochixtlán.

Teachers from Sections 7 and 40 of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), blocked the two principal exits from Tuxtla: to Mexico City and to Los Altos of Chiapas.

From 9 o’clock in the morning to 6 o’clock in the evening, dissidents blocked accesses to the city. The C4 security system reported that a truck of the Bimbo Company was looted at Tuxtla’s western exit, where the teachers maintained a roadblock. Although it is not affirmed that those who looted the truck were teachers, a crowd was seen unloading boxes of bread.

At both roadblocks, the teachers distributed flyers repudiating the repression of the federal forces that left six dissidents dead and 21 Federales injured.

Federal Police detained in Huixtán

At the same time as this roadblock, two Federal Police agents that were found near the municipio of Huixtán were detained and tied up by indigenous Tsotsils who maintain a roadblock in solidarity with the teachers of Chiapas and Oaxaca. In the morning, the indigenous established the blockade on the San Cristóbal de las Casas-Palenque highway at the Huixtán location.

Meanwhile, the indigenous residents of Huixtán obliged the federal agents to speak with their superiors in Tuxtla Gutiérrez via telephone. They ordered them to tell their commanders that if they repressed the teachers in their roadblocks or in any other social movement, they would be killed and burned.

People of Faith from the jungle region march

13346425_1120561627987693_4033209093708488953_nPueblo Creyente (Believing People) march with teachers in Tuxtla.


In the state capital, indigenous peoples from the parishes of Tila, Palenque, Salto de Agua, Tumbalá, Huixtán and other municipios marched in a procession to demonstrate their support for the teachers. They marched for several kilometres to the central plaza, where the teachers’ occupation has been camped since May 15.

Marcelo Pérez Pérez, the parish priest of Simojovel, called to the police: “Señor police, you must not obey an order given by the government to kill people, because above all, God’s commandment must reign: Thou shall not kill. And if you obey such an order from the government, God asks you: Where is your brother? What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out and his cry comes to me from the earth.”

Later, he directed his word to president Peña Nieto: “You are the authority and your authority is for serving, not for repressing, much less for killing. Your obligation is to protect Mexicans. A law implemented with bullets is a law that is sinking.”

Two days earlier

On June 19, traditional dancers from the Chiapas city of Ocozocoautla (Coitecos) joined the teachers in another cultural march.


13419142_1204109276275243_4738854113021029992_nCoitecos march with Chiapas teachers


Compiled by the Chiapas Support Committee

June 26, 2016



June 26, 2016

The mayor-elect denounces terror in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, after the brutal eviction

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The mayor-elect denounces terror in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, after the brutal eviction




NOCHIXTLAN, OAXACA, June 19, 2016.- CNTE teachers supported by citizens were attacked by Federal Police who sought to remove a highway blockade that the teachers had maintained for days as part of their fight against the Education Reform. 12 people are now reported dead.



By: Gabriela Romero Sánchez

Almost one week after the eviction of the Section 22 teachers belonging to the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) by the Federal Police, residents of Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, are afraid to go into the streets and afraid of being repressed again after being considered unstable and rebel people by the federal government, narrates the municipal president elect of Nochixtlán, Rubén Alcides.

“On Thursday, a helicopter without registration letters to identify it, started to fly very low; it motivated people going about their daily activities to run and hide,” he said.

He comments that there are still people with bullet wounds going to private doctors’ offices for medical attention. “No one wants to say their name, because they think that the federal government will come to capture them for having participated in the protest.”

Alcides and a group of nine neighbours from the municipal capital resorted to federal Deputy Jesús Valencia to look for support from different bodies, among them the Government of Mexico City (now a state), for the reconstruction of their town, since, they assure, there is no rapprochement on the part of the federal government.

“We’re talking about people who are experiencing a tremendous fear, who have bullet wounds,” he describes.

He describes how the eviction from the federal highway began around 6 o’clock in the morning and that a group of teachers and parents were there, “let’s say a reduced number,” but it was also market day, therefore after initiating the operation many people came out to support a friend or parent.

They refute the version of the authorities that assert that members of the federal police were not carrying arms: “They were indeed armed. It was a totally unequal attack, underhand and above all disproportionate,” the municipal president elect summarizes.

Alcides denies that the local priest had incited violence; on the contrary, he asserts, he gave space in his parish church for attending to the injured without importance to whether they were civilians or federal police; while at the hospital only the police were received.

A doctor in the group, who also aided in the parish that day and asked for anonymity out of fear, intervenes: “There was no surgical material for attending to the injured, around 30 people went there, of which at least 10 had bullet wounds. How can they say that they were rubber bullets when they had entry and exit orifices in their thorax and in their arms or legs!”

He indicates that around 10 o’clock in the morning they asked permission to use the two ambulances that exist in Nochixtlán, without obtaining an answer. “People started to get angry over that, they wanted to move the injured to a hospital; then, they set fire to the municipal presidency to get them out.”

The tension increased, he said, when they heard that there was one death. “People came out of their houses to support their sons, brothers, fathers. They were saying: ‘they are killing us!’”

He rejects that there were individuals unrelated to the community in the town, “we see each other every day; some of them go to my doctor’s office.”

Alcides points out that on assuming the office he will receive a destroyed town, with the municipal palace (City Hall) and the Civilian Registry burned, without services. Above all “with intense pain in the population that feels hatred towards the federal and state governments. They arrested 19 people from the town when they were digging a tomb for a relative, their crime was carrying a pick and shovel.”

The municipal president elect urges the competent authorities to indemnify the families of the people that died: “it’s people that live in extreme poverty.” He asks for resources for the reconstruction of the damaged public buildings: “we are without legal identity, they don’t issue birth and death records.” And he asked to activate job sources.

In the afternoon the Secretary of Mobility, Héctor Serrano Cortés, attended to the group of people on behalf of the Mexico City Government. After listening to them he offered to support them with medications and food.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Re-published in English by the Chiapas Support Committee



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