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Urgent Communiqué on the Massacre in Nacahuil, Guatemala

by Various Guatemalan Indigenous and Grassroots Groups

Police lift a corpse onto a truck following an armed standoff at a liquor store in San Jose Nacauil municipality (AFP, Johan Ordonez)
Police lift a corpse onto a truck following an armed standoff at a liquor store in San Jose Nacauil municipality (AFP, Johan Ordonez)
Comunicado en español abajo.
 
Urgent Communiqué on the Massacre in Nacahuil 
 
We are informing the international and the national community of the massacre that occurred on 7 September at 23 hours, against the Kaqchikel community of San Jose Nacahuil, in the municipality of San Pedro Ayampuc.
San José Nacahuil is a community of Indigenous Kaqchikel people, it has its own community authorities, and police presence is unnecessary. It is the only Mayan village and the largest community of San Pedro Ayampuc. Nacahuil has been characterized for defense of its territory against threats outside threats. Examples include TRECCSA, the electricity distribution company, the community prevented its passage, and the ongoing actions in La Puya, where there is a peaceful movement resisting a mining company.

On September 7 at 22:45, a police patrol arrived in the community and began reviewing shops selling basic products and liquor stores, asking for names of the owners and demanding to speak with them, putting everyone they found inside these shops up against the wall and registering all of them, this is not usual in Nacahuil. Ten minutes later, gunmen arrived aboard an unidentified truck and started a shootout on the main streets of the community, paying particular attention to the businesses that were open at that time. Ten people were killed and 17 people wounded, among them two girls 11 years of age who are now safe, and others who have died in hospitals in the capital.

Interestingly the route that the killers took is the same that the police patrol followed minutes earlier, for this reason the population wonders: where were the police when these events occurred? Or did they just create the conditions for the massacre and verify that there were no armed people in the area?

We demand that the government clarify the facts through an investigation, since those who have lost their lives were working and honorable people in the community. We demand that this must not serve as a pretext to militarize the community. The community did not want a permanent presence of the National Police, their arrival caused a higher rate of crime in the community.

We are strongly opposed to the statement of the Minister of the Interior that blamed gangs, which is completely false. It is premature to make statements without having initiated an investigation.

We call on communities, national and international organizations for solidarity with the Kaqchikel people of San José Nacahuil for these bloody acts that have made the whole community mourn.

KAQCHIKEL COMMUNITY OF SAN JOSÉ NACAHUIL, NETWORK OF NON-VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, INDIGENOUS WOMEN TZ´UNUNIJA´, COORDINATOR NOVEMBER 25 COORDINATOR, POLITICAL ALLIANCE MOVEMENT SECTOR OF MESOAMERICAN WOMEN IN RESISTANCE FOR A DIGNIFIED LIFE.
 
Comunicado urgente ante la Masacre en Nacahuil

A la comunidad Nacional e Internacional damos a conocer la masacre ocurrida el 7 de septiembre a las 23 horas, en contra de la comunidad Kaqchikel de San José Nacahuil del municipio de San Pedro Ayampuc.

San José Nacahuil, es una comunidad indígenas del pueblo Kaqchikel, tiene sus propias autoridades comunitarias, donde la presencia policial ha sido innecesaria. Es la única población maya y la comunidad más grande de San Pedro Ayampuc. Nacahuil se ha caracterizado por la defensa de su territorio ante las amenazas que han existido. Ejemplo de ello TRECCSA empresa de transporte de electricidad, que la comunidad no permitió su paso, actualmente es parte de la resistencia pacífica de la Puya en resistencia contra la empresa minera en el área.

El 7 de septiembre a las 22:45 horas llegó una radio patrulla a las comunidad revisando tiendas de productos diarios y de bebidas alcohólicas, preguntando el nombre de los propietarios y exigiendo hablar con ellos, pusieron contra la pared y registraron a todas las personas que se encontraban en las tiendas, esa actitud no es usual en Nacahuil. Como a los 10 minutos después, llegan hombres armados a bordo de carro no identificado, causando una balacera en las principales calles de la comunidad, con mayor atención a los negocios que estaba abierto a esa hora. Dejando un saldo de 10 personas muertas, 17 personas heridas dentro de ellas 2 niñas de 11 años de edad que ya se encuentran salvo, y otras que han fallecido en los hospitales de la capital.

Curiosamente el recorrido que hicieron los asesinos es el mismo que realizo la Patrulla minutos antes, por lo que la población se pregunta ¿dónde estaba la policía cuando se dieron los hechos, o es que acaso solo crearon las condiciones y verificar que no haya personas armadas?

Exigimos que el gobierno exija el esclarecimiento de los hechos con investigación, ya que han perdido la vida personas trabajadoras y honorables en la comunidad. Que estos hechos no sirvan de pretexto para militarizar a la comunidad. Ya que la comunidad no ha querido presencia permanente de la PNC, por que anteriormente estaban y ocasionaron mayor índice de criminalidad en la comunidad.

Rechazamos rotundamente la declaración del Ministro de Gobernación en donde afirma que el móvil es de pandillas, lo cual es totalmente falso, y prematuro hacer afirmaciones sin tener elementos de investigación.

Pedimos a las comunidades, organizaciones nacionales e internacionales su solidaridad con el pueblos Kaqchikel de San José Nacahuil por estos hechos de sangre que enluta a la comunidad.

COMUNIDAD KAQCHIKEL DE SAN JOSÉ NACAHUIL, RED DE LA NO VIOLENCIA CONTRA LAS MUJERES, MOVIMIENTO DE MUJERES INDIGENAS TZ´UNUNIJA´, COORDINADORA 25 DE NOVIEMBRE, ALIANZA POLITICA SECTOR DE MUJERES MESOAMERICANAS EN RESISTENCIA POR UNA VIDA DIGNA.

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