CIPO-RFM: Who We Are and Why We Fight

Below is a press release explaining who and what The Consejo Indígena Popular de Oaxaca "Ricardo Flores Magón" CIPO-RFM is, along with current and up-to-date information about Raul Gatica, who's life is currently in danger due to the mexican governments desire to silence our voice. See also our website:

What we desire besides spreading general awareness about our movement, is contacts in other nations, in NGOs, activist groups, solidarity networks, and media to put immediate pressure on the Mexican government in case of an imminent human rights crises. [ ... ] please help us build a support network for this very important movement.

We would like to have you on our list of contacts to keep you informed of any developments and to have as an emergency contact for urgent information.

Luke Woodyard
CIPO-RFM English corespondent


CIPO-RFM: Who We Are and Why We Fight

The Consejo Indígena Popular de Oaxaca “Ricardo Flores Magón” CIPO-RFM is the house of the poor fighting against injustice. We are an organization of communities that use non-violent resistance. Our strength lies in helping each other, and in our independence from all political parties, legal or secret, and from all the institutions and organizations of the government. The activities of CIPO-RFM are the outcome of agreements achieved in meetings, thus we all share the successes and failures. CIPO currently represents 24 communities of Chatin, Mixtec, Chinantec, Cuicatec, Zapotec, Mixe, Triqui, black or half-caste villages.

In Mexico and particularly in Oaxaca, the Consejo Indigena Popular de Oaxaca "Ricardo Flores Magon" (CIPO-RFN) is one of the most repressed organizations by the police and paramilitary. Until today the numbers are this: 517 detentions and tortured people, 103 police and paramilitary incursions on our communities, 81 orders for prison, 229 penal, civil and commercial processes, 263 people assaulted, 37 death threats, 27 murders, was one of our members Raul Gatica, lives in hiding with international observers after several attempts on his life.

The government is violent towards us because they are afraid of what we stand for. Peaceful coexisting autonomous self sufficient communities. Our mission is the free association of our people exercising autonomous and direct action, like the Magonist way, in order to

1. Help the people and workers of the world organize themselves freely even though they may not be a member of CIPO - RFM.
2. To promote publicize, capacitate, and defend the territorial, economic, social, political and cultural rights of communities and individuals
3. To advise and accompany communities, organizations and individuals whether indigenous or not, who solicit our support in their struggles.
4. Implement sustainable projects (productions, commercial etc) that allow the integral development of (indigenous) communities, minding ecosystems and respecting the people therein
5. Investigate, document, analyze and publicize the movements of indigenous peoples.
6. Compromise with the conservation of the land, and care for nature in order to revalue the vision of our peoples.
7. Develop alternative media/communications via radio, TV, and the Internet etc.
8. Put in to practice concrete actions to win back the respect for women, minors, and minorities.

We chose to use the name of Ricardo Flores Magon because he was indigenous, fought for freedom, and all though he was from Oaxaca, his heart, thoughts and work was for the liberations of all people of the world. Adopting Magon´s principles represents that we fight without searching for material riches or personal benefit but rather to banish arrogance, authoritarianism, and lies. It also represents we aren´t seeking power over others, nor imposing ourselves on anyone. Using mutual support as our base, solidarity, direct action, and autonomy as our path to liberation.

Today our demands of the government are:

1. Peace with justice and dignity
2. Respect for the autonomy of our communities in CIPO RFM
3. The end of paramilitary activities of the CROCUT and the punishment of leaders Ceasar Tomil and Jacobo Chavez, that on the 16th of October 2003 killed Bartolome Sales and shot 9 other men and women, punishment of Antorcha Campensina who on the 11th of August 2002 murdered two children and hurt 34 women, and justice for those killed on the 13th of March and 12th of July 2004 in Sta Lucia Monterverde where two other persons were murdered.
4. The end of oppression against the continuities and members of CIPO RFM, and to follow the recommendations (CNDH/29/99), (CEDDH/15/2002), and (CEDH/13/2004) to respect our human rights.
5. Freedom for our brothers and sisters: Dolores Villalobos Cuamatzin, Miguel Cruz Moreno, Leonor López Alavez (aged 15), Reynaldo Feria Hernández, Gumaro López Alavez, Carmen López Pérez, Kalid Pérez Gómez (aged 17), Margarita García García, Habacuc Cruz Cruz, Gildardo Pérez Gómez (aged 17), Hipolito Rodríguez Soriano, José Cruz Cruz, Abel Ramírez Ramírez, Guadalupe García García and Mauro García García, members of the Organizing Committe of the grassroots Council of the CIPO-RFM, democratic workers of the “tres poderes” syndicate.
6. A solution multilateral solution to the agricultural problems of San Isidro Aloapam, Sta Catarina Yosonotu, Guadalupe Chindua and Cacalotepec.
7. Guaranties for the life of Raul Gatica.
8. General meeting, democratic elections and respect for the social givings that have been suspended for two years to the workers of STSPEIDEO
9. Municipal participation plus schools, doctors, water, food, electricity, and care for old and disabled.
10. The right to live and sell on the Huatulco beaches.
11. Respect to the Radia "Guestza" and the concession for the transport of suburban in Tlaxiaco.

Assaults and deaths have been the consequences recently of peaceful protests: July 10 2004 in Sta Elta, Edgar Torija was mortally wounded, July 11th 2004 in Sta Cruz Huatulco people of the PRI directed by Demetrio Villalobos hurt 8 people, among them the children Carolina and Sandra Diaz Hernandez and Brenda Torres. On the 13th of July 2004 Paramilitaries Murdered Pedro Cruz Salazar of Sta Lucia Monteverde, on July 16 2004 in the dance square in Oaxaca, special forces, and police directed by Jose M Vera Satinas and Manuel Moreno Rivas, using gas and electric batons hospitalized Elizabeth Perez, Adelfa Perez, Simon Yilescas, Fluvia Dominguez, Gloria Ramos, Milisa Flores and Rolando Zeferino.

The government believes if they attack and intimidate us we will stop fighting. But these events have only strengthened our determination and will to continue to struggle.

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