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They do not want us Indians: they want us dead to steal from us

To all honest media --- To all sons and daughters of mother Earth --- To
all brothers and sisters who are part of La Otra Campaña --- Brothers and
Sisters: The hearts of all men and women in the Indigenous Popular Council
of Oaxaca "Ricardo Flores Magón" (CIPO-RFM) are saddened and angered
because of bad governments who keep trying to steal our mother Earth only
to hand it to rich businessmen.
Mexico, Oaxaca, They do not want us Indians: they want us dead to
steal from us. by Raul Gatica - CIPO-RFM*
Date Tue, 26 Jun 2007 16:15:51 +0300

To all honest media --- To all sons and daughters of mother Earth --- To
all brothers and sisters who are part of La Otra Campaña --- Brothers and
Sisters: The hearts of all men and women in the Indigenous Popular Council
of Oaxaca "Ricardo Flores Magón" (CIPO-RFM) are saddened and angered
because of bad governments who keep trying to steal our mother Earth only
to hand it to rich businessmen. These governments use communities that are
affiliated with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to assault us
and later say that it is merely a conflict between two communities so that
they can wash their hands clean of the blood that is being shed. This is
what is currently happening with San Isidro Aloapam, a community that
forms part of CIPO-RFM. This morning's events in a place known as Yyusuni
in the San Isidro Aloapam forest help illustrate this problem.

On Sunday June 17th, 2007 at 8.00 p.m. we received a phone call from Mr.
Ricardo Alavés Méndez, a police officer from the San Isidro Aloapam
community. He said he was extremely worried because according to some
reports, San Miguel Aloapam's communal and municipal authorities had
decided to go into the forest and log the trees in the area. We have been
asking the following authorities to intervene: Esteban Ortiz Rodea
(SEMARNAT regional delegate); Salvador Anta Fonseca (SEMARNAT regional
manager); Francisco Reyes Cervantes (CONAFOR ex-regional manager);
PROFEPA; and Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, regarding the issues of agrarian conflict
between the two communities; the outbreak of the Mexican pine beetle; and
San miguel Aloapam's indiscriminate forest logging that has caused
irreversible damage to the ecosystem and has resulted in water shortages
for neighboring communities.

Our compañeros from San Isidro decided that they would keep surveillance
of the area in case that San Miguel Aloapam began to log the forest. They
decided that a commission would go into the forest in a peaceful way and
engage in dialogue to try to convince them to retreat. Compañeros and
representatives of CIPO made a phone call to Salvador Anta Fonseca
(CONAFOR regional manager) as a preventative measure. We called his
cellular phone (044 951 54 71281) to let him know about our fears and to
ask him to intervene because that is his duty. He acknowledged that
SEMARNAT, CONAFORT, PROFEPA, and the state Government are involved in the
issue because they granted a permit to San Miguel Aloapam, completely
disregarding San Isidro. They did this in spite of their knowledge of the
agrarian conflict between these two communities. Nevertheless, he got
upset with our compañeros when they told him that he would be held
responsible for anything that might happen.

Unfortunately, today our fears were confirmed because at 8.15 a.m. loggers
from San Miguel Aloapam entered Yyuzuni guarded by more than 600 armed
men. They were carrying guns, rifles, and shotguns of different calibers
and were accompanied by their municipal president, San Miguel Fidel
Alejandro Cruz Pablo and his cabinet: secretary Pablo Alavés Pérez;
treasurer Joel Santiago; municipal union leader tomas Alavez Cruz; and
auxiliary secretary Félix Rogelio Alavés Pérez.

At approximately 10.30 a.m. about 70 men and women from San Isidro walked
into the forest with the intention of peacefully addressing the people
from San Miguel Aloapam. However, when they reached the forest the loggers
were already falling trees. Still, they approached San Miguel's
authorities to try and speak to them, but realized that the municipal
president and his cabinet were extremely drunk. The San Miguel authorities
began insulting and attacking the San Isidro people and ordered their
people to arrest all those who were from San Isidro. Given the situation
our compañeros began backing down. It was at that point that the people
from San Miguel began firing shots in every direction; they had to dodge
bullets that were being fired by their own people. As a result the men and
women from San Isidro ran into the forest as fast as they could to try and
stay away from the bullets and from being caught by San Miguel Aloapam

At approximately noon, and little by little, those who were hiding in the
forest made their way back to San Isidro Aloapam. Initially it was thought
that 13 compañeros had been disappeared, but slowly they started making
their way back to the community. At around 7.00 p.m. the police
headquarters received an anonymous phone call saying that those that had
been kidnapped were in San Miguel's jail. The person said that they were
being tortured and half dead from the beatings. Oscar Fernandez, private
secretary of the Head of State, was called immediately. He confirmed the
information and mentioned that he had been aware for the last three hours
but had not communicated it to anyone because he did not have the names of
the kidnapped.

People from San Miguel kidnapped four brothers and one sister. They are
torturing them in the San Miguel Aloapam jail, and we fear for their
1. Juventino Cruz Pérez, 19 years old
2. Artemio Pérez Cruz, 52 years old
3. Juana Morales Pérez, 30 years old
4. Eutimio Méndez López, 32 years old
5. Anastasio López Pérez, 48 years old

We called Oscar Fernandez at 2.57 p.m. so that he could give us more
information about the missing people. He told us that the police was
already in the forest when San Isidro's community members arrived there
and that people from San Miguel were shooting at them. He also mentioned
that San Miguel people denied having any prisoners.
This is all a result of the actions of SEMARNAT, PROFEPA, CONAFOR, and the
state Government. The deaths and blood are their responsibility. We are
currently receiving information from CEPROCI about 6 deaths. However, we
do not know which community the deceased belong to. What we do know is
that this is all occurring due to the conflict.

Currently, San Miguel Aloapam community members are using a megaphone to
tell all its people to gather with sticks, machetes, and other arms in
order to attack the autonomous community of San Isidro Aloapam. It is now
known that people from San Miguel cut down a tree in an area called
Montesilla, which is near the entrance of San Isidro Aloapam, with the
purpose of blocking the path.

At approximately 10.00 p.m. according to government reports presented to
us via a murderer, Joaquín Rodríguez Palacio, San Miguel Aloapam would
free the hostages if the town was presented with the following people:
Ricardo Alavés Méndez, police officer San Isidro Aloapam
Epifanio Alavés Soriano, agency secretary
Eulogio Pérez Cruz, communal land owner from San Isidro
Marcelino Pérez Méndez, communal land owner from San Isidro
Octavio López Alavés, communal representative
Demetrio Pérez Méndez, community member
Dolores Villalobos Cuamatzi, general coordinator of CIPO-RFM
Given all the facts, all our hearts can feel is that both the state and
federal governments are protecting the PRI logres and paramilitaries from
San Miguel Aloapam, and that once again they are not practicing justice
when it comes to us, the indigenous. We hold the following people
responsible for anything that may happen to community members, citizens,
municipal authorities and public authorities of San Isidro Aloapam:
SEMARNAT, Oaxaca delegate Esteban Ortiz Rodea, Juan Rafael Evira Quesada;
regional manager SALVADOR ANTA FONSECA; and CONAFOR ex regional manager
for Sierra Juarez deputy ADRIAN MENDEZ CRUZ; and San Miguel Aloapam

We call on all men and women with good hearts, the free, alternative and
community media to register what is currently happening and to spread the
information to all environmental and human rights groups, social
organizations, indigenous peoples from around the world, La Otra Campaña,
and all those who fight for justice. We urge you to help with any actions
that may be within your means. You can send a letter or call SEMARNAT,
San Isidro Aloapam stop and to prevent the destruction of the forest. We
also ask that they act with honesty and justice regarding the demands of
our brothers and sisters from San Isidro. The demands are the following.

1. The freedom of our five brothers that were kidnapped by people from San
Miguel Aloapam.
2. Punishment for those who have or commit any actions against people from
San Isidro Aloapam. In addition, guarantees for the safety of community
authorities and every single inhabitant of San Isidro.

3. That the corresponding truly execute the sentence that will force San
Miguel Aloapam to recognize 412 community land owners from San Isidro

4. That authorities recognize the injustices that our compañeros have
suffered under the legal cases 123/2004, 36/2000, and 129/2003 because in
spite of having presented evidence that proves their innocence, we fear
that the court ruling will not be in our favor due to San Miguel Aloapam's
bribing of judges.

5. That San Miguel Aloapam's forest exploitation under the pretext of
'curing' it from the Mexican pine beetle stop. We want SEMARNAT to accept
a program to heal the 3-4 hectares of forested land affected by the pest.
This should occur with the participation of environmental groups,
community members of San Isidro Aloapam, forest technicians, neighboring
communities, and using the lumber for the good of the community and not
for selling it.

6. That SEMARNAT does not grant San Miguel Aloapam any permit with the
help of CONAFOR, otherwise they will be taking part in an ecocide.

7. That there is a follow up of all the complaints previously made against
paramilitaries from San Miguel Aloapam befote state and federal

For the reconstitution and free association of peoples
Indigenous Popular Council of Oaxaca "Ricardo Flores Magón"

The Organizing Committee:
Dolores Villalobos, Rosario Gómez, Simón YIlescas, Crisologo Calleja,
Pedro Bautista Rojas y Miguel Cruz Moreno.
Favor de enviar e-mails y llamadas en solidaridad y apoyo a San Isidro
Aloapam a las siguientes direcciones:

Please send e-mails and make phone calls in solidarity and support to San
Isidro Aloapam to the following numbers and addresses:

Juan Rafael Evira Quesada
Titular de la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, SEMARNAT
Teléfono: 5628 0602 al 05, Fax: 56-28-06-43, Red: (Red 300,349 Red de Voz:
E-mail:  c.secretario@semarnat.gob.mx .
Blvd. Adolfo Ruiz Cortínez 4209 Col. Jardines en la Montaña. C.P. 14210.
México D.F.

Esteban Ortiz Rodea
Delegado Federal en Oaxaca de SEMARNAT
teléfono: (951) 512 96 00, Fax: 951-5129634, Red: 29630
E-mail:  delegado@oaxaca.semarnat.gob.mx
Ignacio Loyola Vera
Procurador Federal de Protección al Ambiente, PROFEPA
Teléfono: 26-15-20-95 54-49-63-00, Fax: 26-15-20-41
E-mail:  iloyola@profepa.gob.mx
Oficinas Centrales: Ajusco 200 CP 14210 Col Jardines en la Montaña,
Distrito Federal, TLALPAN

Edgar Guillermo Sigler Andrade
Delegado de la PROFEPA en Oaxaca
Télefono: 9515160078, 9515141991, Fax: 9515169213
Email:  delegado_oax@correo.profepa.gob.mx
Av. Independencia 709, Palacio Federal, Centro. CP 68000 Col Centro Oaxaca
de Juárez, Oax.

Salvador Anta Fonseca
Gerente regional en Oaxaca de la Comisión Nacional Forestal, CONAFOR
Sabinos 402, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca. Colonia Reforma
Teléfono: 01 951 5187210, E-mail:  conafor@conafor.gob.mx

Residencia Oficial de los Pinos Casa Miguel Alemán, Col. San Miguel
Chapultepec, C.P. 11850, México D. F., Tel: +521 (55) 27891100, Fax: +521
(55) 52772376

Licenciado Francisco Javier Ramírez Acuña,
Secretario de Gobernación,
Bucareli 99, 1er. piso, Col. Juárez, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, México D.F.,
C.P. 06600, México,
Fax: +521 (55) 5093 3414, Tel. +521 (55) 5093 3400
La dirección mail no aparece en los directorios, favor de mandar
comunicación por fax

Lic. Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza,
Procurador General de la República
Av. Paseo de la Reforma #211-213 Col. Cuauhtémoc, Delegación Cuauhtémoc.
D.F., C.P. 06500
Para enviar correos en línea:  http://www.pgr.gob.mx/index.asp

Dr. José Luis Soberanes Fernández
Presidente de la CNDH
Periférico Sur 3469, Col. San Jerónimo Lídice, 10200, México, D.F.
Tel: 631 00 40, 6 81 81 25, Fax: 56 81 84 90, Lada sin costo: 01 800 00
Correo electrónico:  correo@fmdh.cndh.org.mx ,  correo@cndh.gob.mx

Jaime Mario Pérez Jiménez
Presidente de la Comisión Estatal de Derechos Humanos
Domicilio: Calle de los Derechos Humanos no. 210, Col. América, C.P.
68050, Oaxaca, Oax.
Teléfonos/Fax: Lada (951) 503 02 20, 503 02 21, 513 51 85, 513 51 91,
51351 97
Correo electrónico:  correo@cedhoax.org

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+(951) 51-78183 y +(951) 51-78190 mail:  ciporfm@yahoo.com.mx,
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