Wednesday, November 2, 2011

El Paso Rights Groups condemn arrests, jailing of activists in Juarez

Crosses pasted at intersection prompted police action.
A coalition of human rights, legal, religious, and community organizations will hold a press conference at 12:15 pm on Thursday, November 3rd to condemn the arrest of activists protesting the killing in Juarez of over 9,000 individuals during the past several years as a result of Mexico’s declared war on drugs and to demand the immediate release of all activists jailed for protesting the environment of violence and immunity that pervades the city of Juarez.

On Tuesday November 1, 2011 at 6 p.m. the Juárez Municipal Police and Transit division headed by the Secretary of Public Security, Lt. Col. Julian Leyzaola repressed a demonstration of young protestors from the organization Frente Plural Ciudadano who were undertaking a peaceful march commemorating victims of the "war" against organized crime and protesting against the strategy of the government of Mexico. Journalists and photojournalists were also beaten and stripped of their cameras and equipment.

The youth-led demonstration was overtaken as they were painting crosses at the intersection of Triunfo de la República and Avenida Lopez Mateos, where they were assaulted with baton blows and kicked by municipal police officers and transit police. Thirty-two individuals were jailed and charged with assault. Also detained were two members of the media.

The overwhelming police participation in the detention and arrest yesterday of thirty-two protesters stands in stark contradiction to the overwhelming absence of police in the killing of 9,000 Juarez individuals since 2008 and the almost nonexistent investigation and arrest of any of the assassins. 

Included among the organizations who are calling the press conference are the following:

Annunciation House
Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project
Border Network for Human Rights
Coalition Against Violence toward Women & Families at the Border
University Community for Immigrant Rights,
Miners without Borders, BASTA Organizing Committee
The Columban Mission
Assumption Sisters of Chaparral
Sisters of Charity in Anthony, NM
Border Workers Association
Mexilios in Exile
Casa Puente
MEChA, UTEP Chapter
Law Office of Carlos Spector
Executive Committee of the El Paso University Faculty Council of the Texas Faculty Association
Global Exchange

The conference will be held at Casa Vides at 325 Leon Street.


fan of Gaia said...

The image of Mexico for me has changed so much in the past few years. The problems seem to be greater each year.

Billie Greenwood said...

So true! I never dreamed what changes I would see. The last five years have been deadly.