November 12, 2013

RvsR: In the Face of the Aggression of an Armed Group against the FPFVI-UNOPII

The violent aggression against the Frente Popular Francisco Villa Independiente, member of the Unidad Nacional de Organizaciones Populares de Izquierda Independiente (FPFVI-UNOPII) is of utmost seriousness.

The participation of police groups and of plainclothes military men, called “messengers,” within the repressive actions in Mexico City is now a consistent theme; the reactivation of paramilitary groups like Paz y Justicia and Máscara Roja in Chiapas, provokes a great national alarm. Now, in Mexico City itself, governed by the institutional “left,” under the responsibility of Miguel Ángel Mancera, a group with rifles has appeared, dressed in plainclothes which has selectively attacked a social organization as is the FPFVI-UNOPII. We can talk perhaps of a paramilitary group in the country’s capital.

As was denounced by the FPFVI-UNOPII, on November 7th, 2013, this armed group, of close to 40 members, violently expelled residents from a property belonging to our compañeros, located in Delegación Tláhuac, in Colonia Miguel Hidalgo, at 4B on the street Francisco Landino near the corner with Guillermo Prieto. The conduct of the police was similar to in Chiapas: after a paramilitary-style act of aggression, that is to say, after the dirty work done by the “civil” shock groups, they take control of the plundered territory, arguing for the establishment of order and thus avoid confrontations between social groups, in order to later, without detaining the armed aggressors, the authorities hand over the territory to the aggressors themselves as a prize and as a form of having allied groups in the area, as was the case of San Sebastián Bachajón, for example, with the toll booth in las Cascadas de Agua Azul. Coincidences? By no means. It is an entire methodology included in the manuals of counterinsurgent struggle.

As we know, there are paramilitary groups that cover themselves with letterheads of social organizations, as with the Organización Para la Defensa de los Derechos Indígenas y Campesinos (OPDDIC) and Organización regional de cafeticultores de Ocosingo (ORCAO), in Chiapas, in this case, members of the FPFVI-UNOPII also identified as part of the aggressors the “Benito Juárez” grouping of motorcycle-taxis which operates and makes base on the street Arabela, in the Miguel Hidalgo colonia, in the Tláhuac borough, incidentally, this association is protected by the officials of the Mexico City Government and the PRD.

We hold responsible for this aggression Angelina Méndez Álvarez, Tláhuac borough president, Jesús Rodríguez Almeido, Mexico City Secretary of Public Security, and Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, who since his arrival has intensified repression in Mexico City in conspiracy with the federal executive branch; we hold them responsible for allowing with impunity the conduct of this group, for protecting it, for using it as part of its repressive tactics. We stand in solidarity with our compañeras, with our compañeros of the FPFVI-UNOPII, we call to condemn this violent action, to speak out and be in solidarity, at the same time we demand respect for their physical and moral integrity.

An end to the aggressions against the FPFVI-UNOPII!

If they touch one of us, they touch all of us!

Against plunder and Repression:


Red Contra la Represión y por la Solidaridad


Translated from Spanish by Henry Gales.

Originally published on Nov 12, 2013

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