Persecution of Ostula leader continues. Why?

Despite a federal judge's ruling that there was no case to answer on the charges originally brought against him, Semeí Verdía will now remain in prison. He was immediately rearrested him as he left the federal prison in which he was incarcerated in Nayarit, after the prosecutor's office of the state government of Michoacán issued … Continue reading Persecution of Ostula leader continues. Why?

Federal judge frees Semeí Verdía

A federal judge has now ordered the release, on grounds of lack of evidence against him, of Semeí Verdía, communal police commander from the indigenous community of Ostula and coordinator of the autodefensas (self-defence forces) of the municipalities of Aquila, Coahuayana and Chinicuila on the Pacific coast of Michoacán. Although this is good news, it … Continue reading Federal judge frees Semeí Verdía

Judicial decision on Cabula deaths provokes criticism

In a post during May I reported that the Bahia Public Attorney's Office had concluded that the killing of twelve young people in the Cabula neighbourhood of Salvador was an extra-judicial execution. Judge Marivalda Almeida Moutinho has now absolved the nine officers accused of these killings, arguing, on the basis of police evidence, that they acted … Continue reading Judicial decision on Cabula deaths provokes criticism

A new official version of events in Ixtapilla, indigenous community of Ostula

Michoacán's state attorney has given a press conference in which he announced that the child killed last Sunday and other local people who were injured were victims of shrapnel created by the discharge of firearms by "persons unknown" and not by the soldiers confronting the protest over the arrest of the leader of Ostula's community … Continue reading A new official version of events in Ixtapilla, indigenous community of Ostula

More news from Ostula, Michoacán

Semeí Verdía, the leader of the communal police of the indigenous community of Ostula and autodefensas of the municipality of Aquila, is now languishing in the federal prison of El Rincón, in Tepic, Nayarit. He is charged with possession of arms reserved for exclusive military use. Dr. José Manuel Mireles Valverde, founder of the autodefensas of … Continue reading More news from Ostula, Michoacán

Federal operation in Ostula

The government that proved incapable of detaining the country's most notorious drug trafficker in a high security prison has once again picked on a relatively soft target. This weekend federal security forces were sent in to arrest Semeí Verdía, leader of the communal police of the indigenous community of Ostula and the remaining independent self-defence … Continue reading Federal operation in Ostula

Sleepwalking to catastrophe

So the country that destroyed two thirds of Greece's economic capacity during the Second World War has now succeeded in obliging the European Union to impose a "settlement" on Greece that guarantees the majority of its citizens an even grimmer future than they could have expected when they voted "no" to the previous proposals on … Continue reading Sleepwalking to catastrophe

The moment of truth in Europe

The majority secured by the "no" vote in the Greek referendum left no room for doubt about what most Greeks now expect from their elected government. Yet Alexis Tsipras immediately obliged Yanis Varoufakis to resign as finance minister and entered into talks with the opposition political parties that it had just defeated. What should we … Continue reading The moment of truth in Europe

A comment on Europe and the Greek crisis

It has become clear over the past week that the leaders of the European union are willing to go to any lengths in terms of inflicting further suffering on Greek citizens to maximise the chances of a "yes" vote securing a majority in the referendum to be held on July 5th, scarcely concealing their hope … Continue reading A comment on Europe and the Greek crisis