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Three Members of CODEDI (Indigenous Rights organization) Killed in Oaxaca

The Following text is a translation of a statement from the Committee for the Defense of Indigenous Rights (CODEDI) following the ambush and killing of three of their members on Monday the 12th of February, 2018.

The organization CODEDI (Committee for the Defense of Indigenous Rights) is an autonomous organization that works for the indigenous communities of the Southern Mountains, Central Valleys and Coast of Oaxaca, in solidarity with all just causes. We currently work with 50 communities, creating the dream of living in autonomy through daily practices, with more than 20 years serving the peoples of Oaxaca. We are part of different alliances in the state, country, and world; alliances based in processes of autonomy and struggle. The leader of our organization is Abraham Ramírez Vázquez, an indigenous leader from Santiago Xanica who was imprisoned from 2004 to 2011 by order of former governor José Murat, the father of the current governor.

Yesterday, Monday, February 12, 2018, the State Interior Ministry of the government of Alejandro Murat Hinojosa called us to a meeting about an internal matter relating to the political processes of Santiago Xanica. Minutes after the meeting ended, our compañeros went to eat, leaving the city of Oaxaca for the coast, to our communities, at around 7pm. Arriving in Miahuatlán on Oaxaca Pacific Highway 175, at kilometer 112, our compañeros were ambushed at around 10:30pm by a judicial police-type group of heavily armed gunmen with high-caliber weapons. From a green truck they shot up our truck with the intention to kill. It was an ambush that left three members of our organization murdered at the hands of this group controlled by this murderous government.

We hold the state and federal governments responsible for any harassment, intimidation or reprisals and we ask from a place of solidarity for mobilizations to demand justice for our two minors and one adult compañero who were killed.

We call for:

1st Gathering Point: For CODEDI in Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz, outside the cemetery at 10am.

2nd Gathering Point: Downtown Bahías de Huatulco at 2pm. Alongside their families, we will say goodbye to our murdered brothers.

Don’t stay silent. Our tenderness will always be the solidarity among peoples, organize and fight, never again a Mexico without us!

Santa María Huatulco, Oaxaca, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

For more background information:
The Lights of Xanica

La entrada Three Members of CODEDI (Indigenous Rights organization) Killed in Oaxaca se publicó primero en El Enemigo Común.

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Solidarity with Radio Totopo in Oaxaca, Mexico

Radio Totopo is a community radio that has transmitted from the city of Juchitán in Oaxaca, Mexico for more than 10 years. Totopo’s work in the community has earned it the respect and backing of local residents, who recognize the radio as a space that uses their diidxazá language to reflect their ancestral culture as Binnizá, or Zapotec, people. Totopo has also established itself as a vital cultural and community space that serves as a physical meeting point for community members. There children take academic classes; a gallery space features paintings and photographs, documentary screenings, concerts, and the sale of traditional food; and the Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People holds regular meetings.


Totopo transmits from the Barrio of the Fishermen, or the Seventh, one of the most characteristic and oldest areas of the city of Juchitán that is marked by a sense of unique cultural identity and rootedness generated amongst working people, potters, fishermen, homemakers and merchants. It is to this public that Radio Totopo directs its content, accompanying peoples’ daily lives in their homes, workshops, markets and festivities. The broadcasters know that their presence in this barrio and their existence as a community radio depends on the links they cultivate with their community. This is how Radio Totopo has operated for more than a decade, and this past year was no exception.

In 2017, an 8.2 degree earthquake on September 7 as well as a 6.1 degree earthquake on September 23 brought incalculable damages to this part of Mexico. A considerable percentage of homes collapsed, along with important buildings such as the market, hospital, and city hall. Other buildings with structural damages are still slated for demolition. In this context of emergency the radio has played an essential role in the response and reconstruction of their city. Totopo has functioned as a collection and distribution center for the foodstuffs, tools and materials sent by diverse organizations and people. Totopo has also provided critical infrastructure and know-how for the organization and communication of local residents. Children who have not been able to attend classes because their schools were damaged during the earthquake have found in the radio’s patio a place to participate in recreational activities such as painting and reading. At the same time, the community kitchen continues to operate from the radio station, ensuring adequate nourishment for the children and compañerxs who arrive to help out. Finally, people who lost their homes and continue to experience post-traumatic stress from the earthquakes and its many after-schocks have found in the radio a place to converse and console one another, accompanied by the brigades of psychological support organized by Mexican universities.

Following the earthquake Radio Totopo has also coordinated with communities beyond Juchitán, such as Comitancillo and Espinal, to deliver provisions, cots, and hammocks. When heavy rains arrived, they also helped to install tarps and metal structures for temporary shelters. One of Totopo’s most recent activities involved the fabrication of 300 traditional blouses and skirts to be delivered to the older women of the community. While it is true that clothing has been sent to collection centers, the Zapotec women maintain a strong connection with their culture, and their traditional forms of dress are an important part of their identity.

These activities would not have been possible without the cooperation of many people who have supported with funds, materials and foodstuffs. The radio has played the fundamental role of catalyst and coordinator of this solidarity and mutual aid. Radio Totopo’s primary goal is to strengthen the social fabric of their community, consolidating collective forms of reconstruction and rearticulation between the peoples of the region. This in the face of the neglect of the Mexican government and Natural Disasters Fund, which has prioritized the signing of lucrative contracts with private builders.

During these ongoing difficult times, the radio has not been able to resume its normal transmissions. The rented house where the radio station operated has suffered damages and is not in conditions to be used in the long term. The emergency is not over, and the work carried out by Radio Totopo is fundamental not just in these moments but for years to come. The radio’s fundamental role in the defense of this territory from the imposition of wind turbine projects attests to this. To continue these labors, Totopo must acquire its own plot of land where it will be possible to reinstall the radio station and continue to host meetings in a secure manner. It is with the goal of acquiring this land that the radio and its allies are calling upon all collectives and individuals to join this collective fundraising effort. Through solidarity nearly half of the required amount has been raised, and we are counting on our extended community to help us collect the remainder so that Totopo can continue to maintain this vital communal space.

To learn more about the radio’s work, read the following articles (Spanish only):

Ante la falta de escuelas, niños en Juchitán buscan espacios para entretenerse.

Radio Totopo convoca a colaborar en acciones de reconstrucción en el Istmo de Tehuantepec

To learn about the history of Radio Totopo, check out the following book (Spanish only)

La entrada Solidarity with Radio Totopo in Oaxaca, Mexico se publicó primero en El Enemigo Común.

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By Bill Conroy
Via The Narcosphere
November 10, 2012

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