Translation by: David Brookbank
Mexico City, Mexico
September 23, 2015
Mr. Luis Enrique Miranda Nava
Under Secretary of the Interior
The Alliance of National, State and Local Organizations for Social Justice hereby informs you that the official spokesperson of the Alliance, Herlindo Miguel Martinez Moran, was assaulted in his place of residence on the night of September 22, 2015 at approximately 10:00 PM, during the course of a search carried out by the municipal police along with agents of the military who entered his home without a search warrant, accusing him of stockpiling fire arms and possession of drugs, a baseless accusation as no prohibited items were found. In the course of these events, he was physically and verbally assaulted in the presence of his family members and neighbors in the community of Ejido Francisco Villa, Municipality of San Quintin, in the city of Ensenada in Baja California.
The Alliance condemns this illegal and arbitrary action and simultaneously holds the three branches of government responsible for any other attack or reprisal against any of the spokespersons of the Alliance, representatives of the various communities aligned with our struggle, as well as our family members.
The Alliance of Organizations expresses its desire and commitment to comply with the agreement signed between the Alliance and the three levels of government on May 13 and 14, 2015, to continue working in a coordinated and respectful manner without any actions which would disrupt the dialogue process.
The Alliance of Organizations will not permit the violation of the state of law that the community should enjoy to be free of harassment in our homes, consistent with the guarantees established under our constitution and in the absence of a warrant from a competent legal authority. For this reason we are issuing this forceful call to the police authorities of the three levels of government and to the federal forces to follow and act in accordance with the law.
cc: Mr. Francisco Arturo Vega de la Madrid, Governor of the State of Baja California for his awareness and intervention
cc: Prof. Gilberto Antonio Hirata Chico, for his awareness and intervention
cc: Democratic Organizations and Unions for their awareness and public statement in support of and in solidarity with the workers of San Quintin, Baja California
cc: Secretary of National Defense for his awareness and intervention
Gabino Bautista R.
J Martinez Mendoza
Alicia Cruz Lopez
Felipe Francisco Bautista Martinez
Victor Macuixtle Garcico