Continuing Paramilitary Attacks on Autonomous Oaxacan Town


April 28, 2010 by tristan savage

Paramilitaries Attack Caravan Headed to Oaxacan Autonomous Town, 15 Wounded, 1 Disappeared.

A solidarity caravan headed to the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, was attacked as it passed through La Sabana, a town controlled by UBISORT, a paramilitary organization that is allied with the ruling Institutional Revolution Party (PRI).  One young woman managed to make it to a hospital where she is being treated.  She reports that there are 15 wounded people.  Alberta Cariño, the director of the community radio organization CACTUS, is reported as disappeared.  No one saw what happened to her, but she is among neither the wounded nor the uninjured.

The Puebla-based human rights organization Nodo de Derechos Humanos reports that the Oaxacan State Police who are in the area refuse to rescue the wounded “because they don’t have orders to do so from the State.”  Nodo reports that the UBISORT paramilitaries have the area sealed off.  Another source confirms that no one can leave or enter the area.

The caravan was headed to San Juan Copala to bring food, water, clothing, and other basic necessities to the town, which has been the victim of an extended paramilitary blockade.  The UBISORT blockade has made it nearly impossible to bring supplies into the town.

San Juan Copala declared itself autonomous following the 2006 uprising in Oaxaca, and the autonomous government declared itself adherent to the Zapatistas’ Other Campaign.  The autonomous municipality has been the target of paramilitary violence ever since.  Countless San Juan Copala residents have fallen victim to paramilitary violence.  The most prominent case was the execution of two young Triqui radio journalists.  This past November, paramilitaries opened fire on San Juan Copala’s town hall during  a caravan that was traveling to San Juan Copala from San Salvador Atenco.  UBISORT had put up a highway blockade to stop the caravan, which was comprised of People’s Front in Defense of the Land (FPDT) members.  While the FPDT was trapped outside the town, paramilitaries attacked the town hall. They shot four children, killing one of them.

The official action alert from the Nodo de Derechos Humanos is reposted below.  They request that people call Gov. Ulises Ruiz Ortiz to demand that he orders the State Police to rescue the wounded.  Here’s a quick line in Spanish: “Que manden la policia estatal a rescatar los heridos en San Juan Copala.” It means, “They need to send the state police to rescue the wounded in San Juan Copala.”


URGENT: The solidarity caravan that was en route to the Autonomous Municipality San Juan Copala in the Triqui region, which was made up of international observers, members of CACTUS, VOCAL, Section 22 of the teachers union, the the APPO, was attacked with firearms in the La Sabana community, which is controled by the organization Unidad de Bienestar Social de la Region Triqui (UBISORT). This organization is impeding the rescue of the wounded. Reports indicate that there are at least 15 wounded, it is unknown if there are any deaths. It is reported that Alberta Cariño, director of CACTUS, is disappeared. We fear that this action constitutes a provocation that could be used to justify the militarization of the Triqui region.

Requested Action

Call the Government of Oaxaca and demand that the necessary conditions be established so that the State Police and rescue teams can rescue them and provide them with medical attention.

Governor of Oaxaca

Ulises Ruiz Ortiz

Tel. +52 951 5015000 ext. 13005

Fax. +52 951 5015000 ext. 13018

Reposted from by Kristin Bricker


8 thoughts on “Continuing Paramilitary Attacks on Autonomous Oaxacan Town

  1. elchupacabras says:

    This is disgusting, and the violence here in Mexico comes straight from the government makes me want to puke. 1810 brought a revolution, so did 1910. Now in 2010, maybe it is time to look at destroying the neoliberal system that has perpetrated this. I am fed up with the PRI and PAN over their inaction.

    • Thailer says:

      and the PRD. IF the zapatistas have taught us anything is that there is no hope in electoral politics.

      • elchupacabras says:

        Unfortunately, you are right. The Chuchos have destroyed the PRD. I still stand up for Mexico’s legitimate President AMLO!

  2. Thailer says:

    Tristan, Thanks so much for posting this I was about to post it to find you already have. We must set up some action to denounce this. This past summer at the national indigenous congress Assembly in the new autonomous land of the nauh tribe. I got to become friends with the Representatives of the triques. They are a strong people. I remember one of them declaring that if it weren’t for the other campaign and the autonomous territory Triques would not be around that their language would not be heard and that they would be disappeared by now. The triques and those who do the hard work of human rights brigades in to autonomous territory deserve our support. This is a time to organize.

  3. elchupacabras says:

    My FB friend Kristin Bricker has written this:

    “En la manifestación de hoy 28 de abril en la Secretaria de Gobernación, los compañeros del municipio autonomo de San Juan Copala, convocaron a una marcha por la agresión a la caravana de observadores de derechos humanos. la cita es mañana jueves 29 de abril a las 16:00 horas en la ciudad de México, del Hemiciclo a Juárez a la PGR”

  4. elchupacabras says:


    Friday, April 30
    1 PM
    Mexican Consulate
    27 East 39th Street (btwn Madison and Park Aves.), NYC


    On Tuesday, April 27, an solidarity caravan made up of Oaxacan civil society organizations and international solidarity activists was ambushed by state-backed paramilitaries. They were bringing much-needed supplies and attempting to break the siege of San Juan Copala, an autonomous Triqui community encircled and accosted by the same paramilitaries. Around 15 armed men from the paramilitary organization UBISORT ambushed the convoy, killing Bety Cariño, director of the Center of Community Support Working Together (CACTUS), and Jyri Jaakkola, an international solidarity observer from Finland.

    Two reporters accompanying the caravan, Érika Ramírez and David Cilia, remain disappeared. Just before the ambush, two Triqui women from San Juan Copala were disappeared by UBISORT. At the scene, several surviving caravan members received death threats from UBISORT

    Join us in standing in solidarity with the autonomous project of San Juan Copala, to demand justice for Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola, and that the disappeared are returned alive, immediately.

    For more information see El Enemigo Común:

  5. This is powerful, and yes, especially this part: Tambien sabemos que el sistema capitalista y la clase politica de Mexico con sus tres partidos politicos PRI, PAN y PRD lo hacen con el objetivo de aplastar nuestra digna lucha.

    Will translate upon request.

    Mensaje de Apoyo y Denuncia desde El Barrio, Nueva York, EU

    A nuestros pueblos de Mexico:
    A los pueblos del Mundo:
    A La Otra Campaña:
    Al Municipio Autonomo de San Juan Copala, Oaxaca:
    A Voces Oaxaqueñas Construyendo Autonomía y Libertad (VOCAL):
    A Centro de Apoyo Comunitario Trabajando Unidos (CACTUS):
    A la Revista Contralinea:
    A la Zezta Internazional:

    Reciban un cordial saludo y un abrazo muy fuerte de parte de Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio. Queremos decirles que nosotr@s, la gente sencilla y humilde del Este de Harlem, Nueva York, estamos indignados por los ataques represivos que enfrentaron l@s companer@s atacad@s en Oaxaca, Mexico. Nos llena profundamente de dolor y rabia saber que l@s companer@s Beatríz Cariño Trujillo, del Centro de Apoyo Comunitario Trabajando Unidos (CACTUS) y Jyry Jaakkola, de la Organización Uusi Tuuli Ry (Nueve Viento) fueron asesinados y que companer@s de la Caravana de Apoyo y Solidaridad con el Municipio Autonomo de San Juan Copala, Oaxaca fueron gravemente heridos. Queremos dejarles saber, que como migrantes en el otro lado, estamos al tanto de lo que paso y que repudiamos la represion que enfrentaron.

    Nosotr@s tambien sabemos de la represion que estan enfrentando nuestr@s hermanas y hermanos del Municipio Autonomo de San Juan Copala, Oaxaca y les queremos dejar saber que no estan solos. Aca en Nueva York, nosotros tambien somos adherentes a La Otra Campaña y admiramos su digna lucha. Tambien repudiamos los ataques de represion del estado que enfrentan.

    Desde El Barrio, Nueva York, denunciamos y repudiamos todos los hechos que ocurrieron el dia 27 de abril y lo que ha enfrentado el Municipio Autonomo de San Juan Copala, Oaxaca. Hacemos responsables directos al grupo paramilitar UBISORT y al gobierno de Mexico y en especial al corrupto gobernador de Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz que utiliza a grupos paramilitares para atacar a nuestro querido pueblo en lucha.
    Como parte de La Otra Campaña, nosotr@s sabemos que este ultimo ataque es parte de la represion que enfrentan nuestros paisanos que luchan por la liberacion de nuestro querido Mexico. Tambien sabemos que el sistema capitalista y la clase politica de Mexico con sus tres partidos politicos PRI, PAN y PRD lo hacen con el objetivo de aplastar nuestra digna lucha. Sabemos muy bien que esta represion esta ocurriendo en diferentes parte de Mexico incluyendo hacia nuestros queridos hermanas y hermanos Zapatistas en Chiapas y a nuestros queridos companer@s de San Salvador Atenco. Por la cual es la razon que estamos compartiendo estas palabras desde el otro lado, para dejarles saber que desde aquí en el Este de Harlem, Nueva York los vamos a apoyar y harémos todo lo que sea necesario para que el día de mañana todos juntos podamos lograr nuestra liberación.
    Hermanas y hermanos no estan sol@s, estamos con ustedes y nos unimos en un grito de rebelión y digna rabia.
    ¡Si nos tocan a uno, nos tocan a todos!
    ¡Alto a la agresión al municipio autónomo de San Juan Copala!
    ¡Alto a la represion en Oaxaca y en todo Mexico!
    ¡Viva la lucha digna de los de abajo en Oaxaca!
    ¡Viva la lucha digna de La Otra Campaña!
    Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio
    Nueva York, EU

  6. elchupacabras says:

    Another video in solidarity with the Triqui people.

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