Urgent Action – More Threats Against And Possible Attempted Kidnapping Of Crisanta Perez (Gregoria Crisanta Perez Bamaca)

Urgent Action – More Threats Against And Possible Attempted Kidnapping Of Crisanta Perez (Gregoria Crisanta Perez Bamaca)

 

FREDEMI (San Miguelense Defense Front) advises the national and international community:

 

ONE: It is well known that for our struggle in defense of territory and rights over the past years, we have suffered threats and acts of repression. For example, the July 7, 2010 attempted killing of Diodora Hernandez; the February 28, 2011 attack on Miguel Bamaca and other acts of repression [against peaceful protesters]. Furthermore, recent paid ads, accusing peaceful protesters of acts of aggression, evidence the power that lies behind the acts of repression against us.

 

TWO: Over the past few days, unknown people have been looking for Gregoria Crisanta Perez Bámaca, pretending to be supporters of her. On March 16, 2011, at 4pm, unknown, unidentifiable persons arrived at Crisanta Perez’ home, various times, asking for her. They arrived in a grey Hallux (Toyota), double-cabin pickup, with darkened windows. They were asking for her, and waiting outside her home for over 3 hours. Feeling the threat to herself and her family, they all spent the night – along with other community members – in the offices of ADISMI (Asociacion de Desarrollo Integral de San Miguel Ixtahuacan).

 

THREE: Given all this,

 

1. We again denounce efforts by those people who want to silence the voices of those who are working to defend collective rights;

2. We again ask the Human Rights Ombudsperson (procuraduría de los derechos humanos) and other government offices to carry out a proper investigation as to who are involved in and behind these on-going threats and acts of repression;

3. We again ask for on-going international human rights solidarity and accompaniment and follow-up investigations into these threats and acts of repression;

 

San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, 16 de marzo del 2011

 

FREDEMI – Frente de Defensa de San Miguel Ixtahuacan, y Comunidades Rurales en Resistencia y Defensa del Territorio – “ADISMI”

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