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Violent Repression in Oaxaca, Mexico on 1/25...Support Needed!

by x Thursday, Feb. 06, 2003 at 7:38 AM

Information on the most recent Mexican government sponsored repression against Indigenous communities in Oaxaca. After two shots to the chest and abdomen, Jaime Betanzos remains in serious condition.

(English translation is followed by the original

version in Spanish)

*******************************************************

First is the most up-to-date information, followed by

another report, with additional background & more

email contacts)

Mexico City, Mexico, January 27, 2003.-- Around 3:00

pm on January 25, in the community of Eloxochitlán de

Flores Magon, Oaxaca, Jaime Betanzos received two

shots in the chest and abdomen respectively.

Jaime Betanzos, together with other comrades from

Eloxochitlán, had been instrumental in the

organization of the Community Assembly to defend the

practices and customs of his community against the

threat of the local government?s power, which has

tried to eliminate those customs, which are in

opposition to its interests. Jaime has played an

important role in establishing the Nguixo Community

Radio (August 25, 2001), and, in addition, was an

enthusiastic force in the Assembly Magonista (1998).

On the night of the 26th, I was notified by telephone

of this sad fact, in part from a colleague of the

Assembly and and through the Community Radio of that

settlement. Comrade Betanzos was surgically operated

on in the city of Puebla, and thanks to the timely

medical intervention, his life is no longer in danger,

though he is still in delicate condition.

Around 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 25th, Professor

Betanzos was ambushed in his community. At the

moment, the identity of the aggressor is unknown,

though it is only a question of time, given that

Batanzo had reconized who tried to assasinate him.

Behind this attack, without any doubt, are hidden the

hands of power of the local PRI leaders, of whom

Eugenio Cerqueda is the visible head, and the

government of the state of Oaxaca, headed by its

Governor Jose Murat.

We remember that since October 2001, the Community

Assembly of Eloxochitlan has collided in resistance to

the imposition of the local governors? power to

continue to control from the municipal presidency of

this community.

The PRI used this conflict to help elect its

representatives Lilia Mendoza Cruz, Genero Sosa Gomez

y Sofia Castro Rios. During this past May, various

members of the Community Assembly were physically

attacked, four of them in a serious way, by people in

the paid service of Eugenio Cerqueda and Claudio

Betanzos (previous President of the municipality).

This occured when the Assembly members met in the

neighboring village of Huautla de Jiménez to denounce

previous aggression on the part of other government

assassins that has tried to violently evict those who

peacefully took the municipal palace (as organized by

the Community Assembly of Eloxochitlan.)

During July 2002, after the complaint of the Mexican

military, through General Brigadier Javier del Real,

Sub-Chief Operative of the State, the Federal

Secretary of Communication and Transport, instructed

the secretary of the state of Oaxaca to confiscate the

transmission equipment and the installations from

where the signal of Community Radio Nguixo is

broadcast. In spite of the threat, the representatives

of this secretary still have not dared to carry out

this order for fear of a confrontation with the

inhabitants of this community, among whom exists a

strong support for the radio, which they would readily

defend.

2003 is an electoral year, where positions for federal

and state representatives are in disputte. We cannot

stop suspecting that this attempted homicide against

Jaime Betanzos is more an attempt to preserve the

privileges of those who show off the local and state

power; that it little inconveniences them to newly

soil their hands with blood.

I ask all of you to spread this news. Please do all

that you can to stop the assassin?s aggression towards

our comrades. Show your solidarity towards Jaime?s

family and the comrades of the Community Assembly and

Radio Nguixo.

Send supportive emails to the following addresses:

comunidadmazateca@hotmail.com

krulley@tutopia.com

*****************************

VIOLENCE AGAINST MAGONISTA LEADER IN MAZATECA, OAXACA,

MEXICO

The local leaders of the PRI, Baltazat Carrera

Hernandez and Filogenio Zepeda, with their backs

covered by the governor of Oaxaca, Jose Murat, made an

attempt on the life of one of the Magonista resistors,

teacher Jaime Betanzos.

It seems that after more than nine years of autonomous

indigenous rule and after more than one year since the

installation of Community and Free Radio Ngixo in

Eloxochitlan, Sierra Mazateca, Oaxaca, the PRIista

leaders, lead by the sinister Jose Murat, Grand leader

and Governor of Oaxaca, are trying to silence the free

and liberated voices. There are already hundreds of

acts of repression against the indigenous people of

Oaxaca that Jose Murat initiated and/or tolerated.

When will the tolerance cease for Murat?s assassins

and exploiters who continue repressing all of Oaxaca?s

villages?

From our correspondents in Mexico City and Oaxaca:

"The President of the Indigenous Central Counsel of

Eloxochitlan, Jaime Betanzos Fuentes was victim of an

attack.

Yesterday, Saturday, January 25, 2003, the President

of the Indigenous Central Counsel, Jaime Betanzos

Fuentes was victim of an attack on his life. He

received three bullets in his body when he was found

working on his land, as was his habit to do during the

weekends. The aggressors that tried to assassinate

him were sympathizers of the Ex-President of the

Municipality, Eugenio Cerqued; but they only succeeded

in leaving him wounded, in a very grave condition.

In spite of his condition, he walked to the center of

the town to receive aid. When his friends saw that he

had been seriously injured, they transferred him

immediately to the city of Huautla of Jimenez and

there they were told that this hospital could not take

care of him since they did not have the resources. So

they transferred him to Puebla where he is at this

moment and they are going to emergency operate on him.

He is in the ISSTE Hospital in Colonia San Manuel in

Puebla.

Hopefully you can pass this message to the rest of

your contacts to denounce this act of cowardice to

which Jaime Betanzos fell victim.

Write to:

Consejo Central Indigena de Eloxochitlan de Flores

Magón

Emails:

comunidadmazateca@hotmail.com befeinti@hotmail.com

Pagina: www.asambleamagonista.tk

If you think that it would make a difference to send

emails of protest, you can make them out to the

following addresses:

VICENTE FOX : radio@presidencia.gob.mx

SANTIAGO CREEL, SECRET. GOBERNACION :

santiagocreel@compuserve.com

JOSE MURAT : gobernador@oaxaca.gob.mx

********************************************************

Primero son las noticias mas nuevas; despues, hay un

otro version con poquito mas informacion historica y

otros contactos...

México D. F. 27 de Enero de 2003. Alrededor de las 3

de tarde del 25 de Enero, en la comunidad de

Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón, Oaxaca, el compañero

Jaime Betanzos recibió dos disparos en el pecho y

abdomen respectivamente.

Jaime Betanzos, junto a otr@s compañer@s de

Eloxochitlán, han impulsado la organización de la

Asamblea Comunitaria para defender los usos y

costumbres de su comunidad, ante la amenaza del poder

caciquil local que ha intentado eliminarlos por ser

estos usos y costumbres opuestos a sus interés. Jaime

ha jugado un papel importante para establecer la Radio

Comunitaria Nguixo (25 de agosto de 2001), además de

entusiasta impulsor de la Asamblea Magonista (1998)

Por la noche del día 26 fui notificado vía telefónica

de este lamentable hecho por parte de un compañero de

la Asamblea y de la Radio Comunitaria de aquella

población. El compañero Betanzos fue intervenido

quirúrgicamente en la ciudad de Puebla (en el estado

del mismo nombre), y gracias a una oportuna

intervención médica, la vida del compañero Betanzos se

encuentra fuera de peligro, aunque su estado de salud

se declara como delicado.

Alrededor del as 3 de tarde del día sábado 25 de este

mes, fue emboscado el profesor Jaime Betanzos cuando

paseaba solo en su comunidad. De momento se desconoce

la identidad de agresor, aunque solo es cuestión de

tiempo, dado que el compañero Betanzos ha reconocido a

quién intento asesinarlo.

De tras de éste ataque, sin duda alguna, se esconden

las manos de poder caciquil Priísta, donde Eugenio

Cerqueda es la cabeza visible, y del gobierno del

estado de Oaxaca encabezado por su gobernador José

Murat.

Recordemos que desde el mes de octubre del 2001 la

Asamblea Comunitaria de Eloxochitlán se encuentra en

resistencia ante la imposición del poder caciquil por

continuar con el control desde la presidencia

municipal de ésta comunidad.

Durante este conflicto se ha denunciado la

utilización electoral que han realizado l@s diputad@s

Lilia Mendoza Cruz, Genero Sosa Gómez y Sofía Castro

Ríos, pertenecientes al Partido de la Revolución

Institucional. Durante el mes de mayo del año pasado,

varios compañeros de la Asamblea Comunitaria fueron

agredidos físicamente, cuatro de ellos de forma grave,

por gente pagada al servicio de Eugenio Cerqueda y

Claudio Betanzos (anterior presidente municipal),

cuando los compañeros se encontraban en el vecino

poblado de Huautla de Jiménez, para denunciar una

anterior agresión por parte de otros sicarios, que

pretendían desalojar de forma violenta, la toma

pacifica del palacio municipal organizada por la

Asamblea Comunitaria de Eloxochitlán.

Durante el mes de Julio del 2002, y después de la

denuncia del Ejercito Mexicano, a través del General

Brigadier Javier del Real, Subjefe Operativo del

Estado Mayor. La Secretaría Federal de Comunicaciones

y Transportes, instruye al titular de aquella

secretaría del estado de Oaxaca, para que "asegure",

el equipo de transmisión y las instalaciones desde

donde se difunde la señal de la Radio Comunitaria

Nguixó. A pesar la amenaza, los representantes de esta

secretaria, aún no se han atrevido a cumplir esta

orden por el temor a un enfrentamiento con l@s

habitantes de esta comunidad, de quines existe una

gran aceptación de la radio y se encuentran dispuest@s

a defenderla.



El dos mil tres, es un año electoral, donde se

disputan puestos para diputados federales y estatales.

No podemos dejar de sospechar que este intento de

homicidio, contra Jaime Betanzos, es un intento mas

para preservar los privilegios de quienes ostentan el

poder caciquil y estatal, que además poco les incomoda

mancharse nuevamente las manos de sangre.

Les pido a tod@s ustedes difundan esta noticia. Que

realicen dentro de sus posibilidades todo aquello que

pudiera impedir la agresión asesina hacia nuestros

compañeros.

Les solicito fraternalmente, manifiesten su

solidaridad a la familia de Jaime, a l@s compañer@s de

la Asamblea Comunitaria y a la Radio Nguixo.

Para ello escriban a los correos electrónicos:

comunidadmazateca@hotmail.com

krulley@tutopia.com

Espero contar con más información al respecto durante

las próximas horas, por lo que les solicito estén

atent@s.

Reciban saludos cordiales.



ATENTADO CONTRA LIDER MAGONISTA EN LA MAZATECA

-OAXACA-MEXICO

LOS CACIQUES DEL PRI BALTAZAR CARRERA HERNANDEZ Y

FILOGENIO ZEPEDA, CUBIERTAS SUS ESPALDAS POR EL

GOBERNADOR DE OAXACA, JOSE MURAT, ATENTAN CONTRA LA

VIDA DE UNO DE LOS MAS RESISTENTES MAGONISTAS , EL

MAESTRO JAIME BETANZOS.

Parece que tras mas de 9 años de autonomia municipal

india y tras mas de un año de la instalacion de la

Radio Comunitaria y Libre Ngixo en Eloxochitlan,

Sierra Mazateca,Oaxaca, los caziques priistas

,comandados por el siniestro Jose Murat, Gran Cazique

y Gobernador de Oaxaca, pretenden acallar las voces

libres y libertarias. Son ya centenas los actos de

represion contra los indios de Oaxaca que Jose Murat

propicia y/o tolera.

¿Hasta cuando se va a seguir tolerando que los

asesinos y explotadores de Murat sigan reprimiendo a

Todos los pueblos de Oaxaca?

DE NUESTROS CORRESPONSALES EN MEXICO DF Y OAXACA:

"EL PRESIDENTE DEL CONSEJO CENTRAL INDIGENA DE

ELOXOCHITLAN,

JAIME BETANZOS FUENTES FUE VICTIMA DE UN ATENTADO

EL DIA DE AYER SABADO 25 DE ENERO DE 2003 EL

PRESIDENTE DEL CONSEJO CENTRAL INDIGENA ; JAIME

BETANZOS FUENTES FUE VICTIMA DE UN ATENTADO HACIA SU

PERSONA YA QUE RECIBIO TRES BALAZOS EN EL CUERPO

CUANDO SE ENCONTRABA TRABAJANDO EN SU APIARIO COMO DE

COSTUMBRE LO HACE LOS FINES DE SEMANA. LOS AGRESORES

QUE TRATARON DE ASESINARLO SON SIMPATIZANTES DEL

EXPRESIDENTE MUNICIPAL EUGENIO CERQUEDA,PERO SOLO

LOGRARON DEJARLO HERIDO QUEDANDO EL MUY GRAVE.

ESTANDO EN ESAS CONDICIONES PUDO CAMINAR AL CENTRO DE

LA POBLACION PARA RECIBIR AUXILIO. AL PERCATARSE LOS

COMPAÑEROS QUE HABIA SIDO HERIDO Y QUE SE ENCONTRABA

MUY GRAVE LO TRASLADARON INMEDIATAMENTE A LA CIUDAD DE

HUAUTLA DE JIMENEZ Y AHI LES DIJERON QUE NO PODIA SER

ATENDIDO YA QUE NO CONTABAN CON LOS RECURSOS ASI QUE

LO TRASLADARON A LA CD DE PUEBLA EN DONDE SE ENCUENTRA

EN ESTE MOMENTO Y VAN A OPERARLO DE EMERGENCIA, EL SE

ENCUENTRA EN EL HOSPITAL DEL ISSTE EN LA COLONIA SAN

MANUEL DE ESTA CIUDAD.

OJALA PUEDAN PASAR ESTE CORREO A SUS DEMAS CONTACTOS

PARA DENUNCIAR ESTE ACTO DE COBARDIA DEL CUAL FUE

VICTIMA JAIME

BETANZOS.

SEGUIMOS EN CONTACTO...

ATTE

Consejo Central Indigena de Eloxochitlan de Flores

Magón

Correos Electrónicos:

comunidadmazateca@hotmail.com befeinti@hotmail.com

Pagina: www.asambleamagonista.tk

SI ALGUIEN PIENSA QUE SIRVE DE ALGO ENVIAR EMAILS DE

PROTESTA O DENUNCIA lo puede hacer a las direcciones :

VICENTE FOX : radio@presidencia.gob.mx

SANTIAGO CREEL, SECRET. GOBERNACION :

santiagocreel@compuserve.com

JOSE MURAT : gobernador@oaxaca.gob.mx

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