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Ostula Comrade Killed in Xayakalan, Michoacan, Mexico.

by Mazatl
October 8, 2011

*Urgent News Bulletin: Ostula comrade killed in Xayakalan*

“We have to struggle, come what may, whatever happens, against anyone we
have to. A struggle isn’t easy. It’s exhausting—economically, physically, and emotionally. They want to fill us with fear with their arms, with their show of force. But we must not fear them. We must struggle without fear for our land, for our freedom, for our dignity.” —Pedro Leyva, Santa María Ostula, July 6, 2011.
Today at approximately 9 p.m. in the community of Xayakalan, Santa María Ostula, municipality of Aquila Michoacán, our comrade and community member, 34-year-old Pedro Leyva, was killed in a cowardly attack by paramilitaries operating in the region. Pedro has been a member of the Commission for the Defense of Communal Property, and of the Santa María Ostula Communal Guard, as well as Ostula’s representative to the National Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity. The paramilitaries are at the service of organized crime groups that have pursued, killed and disappeared members of this and neighboring communities with total impunity especially since the recovery of Xayakalan on June 29, 2009.

Despite the fact that the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights issued
Precautionary Measures in September 2010 for some communal landholders, the violence and aggression against them continue with the complicity of federal, state, and local governments.
We call on all members of the civil society to spread the word about this terrible situation through all possible media and to be alert for new attacks against the comrades in this community.
In addition to Pedro Leyva, the following indigenous Nahua people from Santa María Ostula have been killed or kidnapped/disappeared:
*Killed: *
Date of killing Víctim
July 26, 2008 Diego Ramírez Domínguez (teacher and communal landholder)
August 15, 2009 Simón Pineda Verdía (communal landholder)
August 15, 2009 Simón Pineda, hijo (communal landholder)
September 11, 2009 Quintín Regis Valdez (communal landholder)
September 15, 2009 Erick Nemesio Domínguez (communal landholder)
September 18, 2009 Froylán Medina Álvarez
September 18, 2009 Demetrio Olivero Álvarez
July 17, 2010 Humberto Santos Valladares (communal
July 27, 2010 Venancio Ramírez Cirino (communal landholder)
July 27, 2010 Manuel Flores Álvarez (communal landholder)
July 27, 2010 Miguel Ángel Flores Álvarez (communal
August 3, 2010 José Martínez Ramos (communal landholder)
December 10, 2010 Horacio Martínez Ramos (communal landholder)
January 1, 2011 Ernesto Nicolás López (communal landholder)
January 1, 2011 Pedro Nazario Domínguez (communal landholder)
February 1, 2011 Pedro Guzmán (communal landholder)
March 20, 2011 Isidro Mora Domínguez
March 20, 2011 Feliciano Cirino Domínguez
May 2, 2011 Fortino Verdía Gómez (burned and later killed)
May 2, 2011 Jonathan Verdía Gómez (burned and later killed)
May 13, 2011 Francisco Verdía Macías (communal landholder and
Principal of the Ostula Elementary School)
May 13, 2011 Ambrosio Verdía Macías (communal landholder and
teacher at the Ostula Elementary School)
May 28, 2011 Nicolás de la Cruz (communal landholder, FIRST
May 28, 2011 Nicolás de la Cruz, hijo (communal landholder)
May 28, 2011 Juan Faustino Nemesio (communal landholder, FIRST
Date Víctim
February 23, 2010 Gerardo Vera Orcino
February 23, 2010 Javier Martínez Robles
April 20, 2010 Francisco de Asís Manuel (Presidente of the Ostula Community Property Commission)
June 26, 2010 Máximo Magno Valladares (Representative from El Potrero community)
April 8, 2011 Enrique Domínguez Macías (17 years old)
Furthermore, on February 20, 2011, a commando tried to kill Semeí Verdía, a
member of the Communal Dialogue Commission for Agricultural Problems, who is
currently unable to live in Ostula.
*Stop the War against Ostula Campaign*
October 6, 2011


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