To the International Media
To the International Civil Society

On the morning of January 21st the caravan of Concejo Indgena de Gobierno (CIG) and its spoken person Mara de Jess Patricio held a rally in the Nahua community of Santa Maria Ostula (Michoacn), a territory recovered from the influence of the organized crime that looted precious woods and minerals. In this celebratory gathering we realized that Ostula is a safe community free of crime, in which a self-organized community police takes care of its people, growing resistance against capitalist dispossession.
When the caravan was heading to Paracho, in the limits of Tepalcatepec and without the protection of the Ostula Community Guard and other self-defense groups working with them, the last vehicle of the caravan was forced to stop and put away in a corner by a gray Van Honda CR-V, with five men carrying high caliber weapons. In the incerpeted vehicle were traveling the independent journalists Dalari Oropeza, Aldabi Olvera and Cristian Rodrguez, who have followed the campaign from its very beginning in October. The gunmen forced Aldabi Olvera and Cristian Rodriguez to step down from the car, threatening them and taking away their cameras and phones.
We denounce that this attack happened in a territory controlled by organized crime, in the wake of a capitalist war expanded in the state of Michoacan and many other states in Mexico in complicity with the bad government. We know that the goal of the organized crime in collusion with the Mexican government is to create a climate of fear and to expand terror among the population.
We denounce as responsible of this attack the three levels of government: the federal government represented by Enrique Pea Nieto, the state government represented by Silvano Aureoles Conejo, and the local government. We also denounce them as responsible of any further attacks that might target supporting communities and members of the CNI,  the caravan of the CIG, and journalists covering the path of the CIG. During our caravan we were moved and trembled by hearing the pain that indigenous communities have been suffering, caused by the collusion of the organized...