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“The first message that we give is of peace, and not a message of war. However, in spite of the aggressions that you have carried out, we will not disarm and we will continue in struggle…” said members of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities – Community Police (CRAC-PC) and the community of Tixtla to the government of Guerrero. This message was given during a march in the streets of the city to demand security and an end to the aggressions toward the community organization.
After November 25, when the lifeless body of the network coordinator of the CRAC-PC en Tixtla, Irineo Salmerón Dircio was found, at 10am on this Sunday, the community police and inhabitants of Tixtla gathered at the principal entrance of the municipality. In two lines they advanced through the main streets receiving shows of solidarity from some neighbors that left their houses to witness the mobilization. The members of the CRAC carried large arms with a white ribbon symbolizing the peace that they desire for Tixtla. Similarly, students of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa carried the ribbons on their left arms. Some signs could be seen that had slogans reading: “Organized we can care for ourselves”, “Justice for Compañero Irineo”, and “Security is not a problem of perception, the authorizes understand.”
Currently in Guerrero there exists a wave of violence. According to the state newspaper “El Sur”, since the beginning of the year until December 4th, 222 killings have been carried out linked to organized crime. On November 23, professor Irineo Salmerón Dircio left his house for work and was taken by armed men. Two days later he was found in the municipality of Chilapa de Álvarez in a bag together with another assassinated person. On the bodies there was a note that read, “This happened to them for not following the boss, and this will happen for all of the community jackoffs… Sincerely, Los Jefes.”
Three days later, Luis Tenero Encarnación, the former councilor of Tixtla and social activist that had participated in the boycott of the election in 2015, was taken from his home by force. His body was found with bullet wounds two days later along with two other people.
Manuel Olivares Hernández, technical secretary of the network of civil organizations of human rights, says that the government has dedicated itself to attacking the community police rather than directing their forces to combat insecurity. Because of this, there has been a rise in these community organizations: “It is unfortunate that the government, in place of attacking the problem that gives rise to the community police, prefer to attack the organization of the people and attempt to inhibit the formation and action of the community police groups. These groups are the alternative to guarantee the right of life, security, and physical integrity of the people of the community that are the most vulnerable Read the Original