The Assassination of Don Tomás

Voices in Movement

Luis Hernández Navarro

Tomás Martínez Pinacho was preparing to eat something at Los Primos taqueria, in the municipality of Ánimas Trujano, Oaxaca, when a heavily armed commando shot him with a bullet. It was 6:30 pm on August 24th and he was returning from participating in a rally of 2,600 people in the state capital. His lifeless body was left sown to his chair.

The biography of don Tomás – as he was affectionately called by his comrades in the Sierra Sur – intersects with the social struggles of the district of Miahuatlán over the past 30 years. His trajectory was summarized in one word: struggle. He organized the Union of Poor Peasants; he managed better water services and garbage collection; he opposed the construction of the Cefereso in the municipality; he mobilized so that government resources would reach communities, agencies and ranches and not remain in the headwaters; he was re-elected as candidate for municipal president and for councilman; he supported the protests of democratic teachers against educational reform and in favor of public education, and he actively opposed open-pit mining.

He was born in Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz, on March 7, 1956, to a very humble family. His father was a farmer. As a child, Tomas supported his mother in selling tortillas at the center. He studied a few years of elementary school between 1965 and 1969, at the Leona Vicario School, and then migrated to Mexico City. In Naucalpan, State of Mexico, he continued his studies at the Manuel Avila Camacho night school and at the INEA. He sold food at the Teatro Blanquita. He worked in a grocery store until he returned to his hometown in 1990.

The attitude and commitment of democratic professor Germán Mendoza Nube, several times arrested and tortured for his participation in popular struggles, marked him definitely. Tomás told how, on one occasion when a comrade of Germán’s went to look for him because he had a difficulty, the teacher, in spite of having to move on a wheelchair, got up from bed, got on his chair and went to solve the problem. Germán’s attitude impacted Tomás. At that moment he said to himself: I have two hands, I have two feet. I return to my community and begin to fight for my companions, for the people.

That’s how he did it. Since then, Martínez Pinacho joined the Union of Poor Peasants and the Revolutionary People’s Front (FPR), in a struggle that only his murder stopped. He toured the communities, appointed the organization’s basic committees, collected the demands and needs of the populations, their agricultural conflicts.

Tomás actively participated as a councilman in the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) in 2006, which demanded the resignation of Governor Ulises Ruiz. For this reason he was persecuted, harassed and forced into hiding.

In Oaxaca there are about 300 mining concessions, three of them in the Sierra Sur: in Suchixtepec, another in the Coatlanes and one very close to Miahuatlán, in communities of Zompantle and Ocote. Don Tomás played a central role in the resistance to open-pit mining in the region, with the engineer Bernardo Vázquez Sánchez, who was murdered on March 15, 2012, for opposing the Fortuna Silver Mines project in San José del Progreso. In 2018, after a work of information and organization in the communities that began in 2016, he promoted the formation of the Frente Regional de la Sierra Sur en Defensa del Territorio, los Recursos Naturales y la Libre Autodeterminación de los Pueblos, in rejection of mining, in which social organizations such as MULT, API-PUP, FPR, section 22-CNTE, MAS and Coordinadora de Comunidades de Loxicha also participated.

Unfortunately, events such as don Tomás’ murder are far from being an exception in this government. According to the organization Front Line Defenders, Mexico is the fourth most dangerous country in the world for human rights defenders. In 2019 alone, 24 activists, environmentalists and land defenders were murdered. In May, several organizations, including the German Coordination for Human Rights in Mexico, documented that at least 30 human rights defenders have been killed during López Obrador’s six-year term.

Son of a dyke and a farmer, simple and extremely humble, Tomás was always concerned about the people who came to see him and those who sought him out for some support. He was dismissed in Miahuatlán by his comrades, friends and family, in a massive public tribute, in the midst of endless rain, the explosion of rockets and inconsolable expressions of rage and mourning.

The crime of don Tomás left in the Sierra Sur a mixture of pain and commitment to keep his saga alive. In the words of his son José Alberto: I am in pain as my father, as my mentor, as my comrade in struggle, but the struggle of Tomás Martínez remains. The State thought that by killing him everything would end. It is the opposite. Tomás Martínez is revived in hundreds, in thousands who today are asking for justice together.

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Solidarity with the Struggle of North American People!

Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front – ZACF

Solidarity with the Struggle of North American People by Sifuna Zonke

We repudiate the cowardly murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis’s police officers, another racist act in the heart of a world imperialist power. This event is added to the countless number of killings of people of colour and the Afro-descendent population in the United States which has been perpetuated since the days of slavery and hasn’t yet stopped.

Racism, a structural element in capitalist society, especially in North American capitalism, is unfortunately intact, but resistance and fighting spirit from people of color and poor people arises in response. Only solidarity and mutual aid will allow us to resist.

Solidarity with the Struggle of North American People!

All Support to Anarchist Organizations of USA

We repudiate the cowardly murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis’s police officers, another racist act in the heart of a world imperialist power. This event is added to the countless number of killings of people of colour and the Afro-descendent population in the United States which has been perpetuated since the days of slavery and hasn’t yet stopped. During Obama’s government there were dozens of murders of young blacks, which recalls similar racist times of the 1950s and 60s.

The answer was a fast and organized upsurge of the black movement far and wide across the country, similar to this moment in which a huge protest movement is developing, revealing that people are sick of police violence and impunity. A Minneapolis police station was burned by protestors and some police cars were attacked. Direct action is a weapon of resistance, something which multiplied across various cities with clashes between protestors and police officers, even Donald Trump ordered the Army to take the streets and curfews were decreed in 25 cities.

Racism, a structural element in capitalist society, especially in North American capitalism, is unfortunately intact, but resistance and fighting spirit from people of color and poor people arises in response. But Trump also accuses anarchists and antifascist activists of being the instigators of the riots. This movement is a popular revolt, the dozens of thousands of people who participate are not anarchists or do not claim to belong to any political current, but as always the spheres of power try to find those responsible to blame, so as not to question structural issues and conclude that the racist, patriarchal and capitalist State that oppresses and kills the popular classes is the actual instigator of the revolts.

RACISM HAS TO BE BURIED TOGETHER WITH CAPITALISM. ALL OUR SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY WITH NORTH AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE FIGHTING AGAINST POLICE AND STATE VIOLENCE AND ABUSES.

Only solidarity and mutual aid will allow us to resist.

ALL SUPPORT TO BLACK COMMUNITIES IN RESISTANCE!
ALL OUR SUPPORT TO OUR NORTH AMERICAN ANARCHIST PEERS!
LONG LIVE ANARCHISM, LONG LIVE FREEDOM!
VICTORY TO THOSE WHO FIGHT!

☆ Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira – CAB (Brazil)
☆ Federación Anarquista Uruguaya – FAU (Uruguay)
☆ Federación Anarquista Rosario – FAR (Argentina)
☆ Organización Anarquista de Córdoba – OAC (Argentina)
☆ Federación Anarquista Santiago – FAS (Chile)
☆ Vía Libre (Colombia)
☆ Union Communiste Libertaire (France)
☆ Embat – Organització Libertària de Catalunya (Catalonia)
☆ Alternativa Libertaria – AL/fdca (Italy)
☆ Die Plattform – Anarchakommunistische Organisation (Germany)
☆ Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet – DAF (Turkey)
☆ Organisation Socialiste Libertaire – OSL (Switzerland)
☆ Libertaere Aktion (Switzerland)
☆ Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group – MACG (Australia)
☆ Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement – AWSM (Aotearoa / New Zealand)
☆ Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front – ZACF (South Africa)
☆ Anarchist Unión of Afghanistan and Iran – AUAI
☆ Manifesto (Greece)

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Philippines – the continuing crackdown on anarchists

Anarchist Communist Group.

We have been contacted by comrades in the Philippines to let us know the situation that is happening there as we speak.

CNN reported on April 24th 2020 that President Rodrigo Duterte warned anew that he may declare martial law due to the alleged lawlessness of communist rebels.

“I am warning everybody and putting notice sa [to the] armed forces and the police, I might declare martial law,” Duterte said in a taped address aired on Friday.

The President also vowed to ‘finish’ all of the communist group members before his terms ends in 2022.

According to comrades, who wish to remain anonymous for their own protection and safety, this has happened quietly, and that a “Second Martial is implemented silently” and that the independent media, what there was of it, has been clamped down on with only state-controlled media allowed to operate.

Our comrades go on to say, “There is no means to let this out what is happening in our community. No mainstream media that have documented what’s really going here. It’s an alarming fact!”

The “Community” is made up of anarchists, punks and other “non-mainstream left” and in the past few months they have been harassed, arrested, shot and had their homes and meetings raided with everything from literature to electrical items such as computers either confiscated or destroyed.

The DDS (DUTERTES DEATH SQUAD) a “secret” paramilitary group working “beneath the rule of law” has been “committing mass inhumane violence on the community” our comrade continues, “they go suspected house (identified) by their informer and conduct raids without warrant, they call it silent raids and it usually happens at dawn”.

“The DDS is made up of many ex-police, soldiers wear ski masks has teams in all of the police stations and have one personal calling the shots”. The “DDS will visit your place and say warning and second time you will be on their hit list”.

“Some of our crew and friends are in fear of them and we move a lot staying at different houses because staying in our info shop was not safe anymore and that is why we don’t sleep and widely awake at night here”.

As on 3rd of May our comrades reported that there were many police and soldiers patrolling the streets and a lot of checkpoints.

Using the coronavirus as an excuse to increase its control and carry out more attacks on anyone “who doesn’t support our president or who talks about the bad things he is doing; it is hard to live in this regime”.

“People here are scared to talk about these issues or won’t talk for fear of being picked up, and some people where jailed for trying to carry out activities on Labour Day (May Day)”.

On the evening of the 3rd May 2020 we received the following message from our comrades:

“One of our comrades was gun down yesterday May 2nd at 7:00 pm on the street. He and her wife and 6 years old son where going to their home and at the checkpoint he was shot in point blank. He was shot 5 times in the head and his wife was also shot dead with bullets to the head two times while his son was hit by a stray bullet.

“The question in our minds is what is really happening to our country, with more and more killings every day.

“And the question is what happened in on barangay (an inner-city area, slum or suburb) checkpoint because each barangay is total lockdown and the checkpoint was guarded by two police men and 4 barangay police.

“The crime scene investigators (SOCO) only questioned the two cops and 4 barangay police who said they only see two guys riding motorcycle which we called riding in tandem, wearing ski masks. Everyone here knows this refers to the “Death Squads” and that he was targeted.”

The comrade who was shot and killed has been described as a “real (good) father and good working-class comrade who worked in our computer shop”. His son is now an orphan and we are “trying to do what is right by him, we are his family.”

“We live in a time when there is no justice no human rights and everything is under the control of our killer president and his hired “gang boy” killers who ride motorcycles and wear ski masks.

“The media news only publish drug related issues they are also afraid of our president.

“Even though by telling you this we fear for our lives, our families and our comrades and friends we continue to educate our community about anarchism, giving them ideas on how to resist this kind of injustice and show that there is another way. Our so-called democracy is all fucking lies.

“We have been imprisoned many times because of anarchism spreading, time is all we have that is expensive and we don’t know when we will be hit (by the DDS or Police/Military), we can only hope that we are not on the list”.

Viva Anarkista (Anarchist comrades – Philippines)

5th May Update

We received the following message today: “Another comrade was gun down today at 5:00pm by Death Squad hit his head five bullets by the ski mask people riding a motorcycle. He was a good man, work as a taxi driver and our fellow skinhead and he play in our old band as Bass-Player.

“Maybe our name is on the list, but this won’t stop us educate about Anarchism to our community.”

Unquiet Graves Uncovering Britain’s Secret War in Ireland

Bristol Radical History Group

Unquiet Graves Poster

Between 1972 and 1978 more than 120 innocent civilians in Northern Ireland were murdered. Documentary director Sean Murray set out to investigate and found disturbing evidence of collusion between the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the Ulster Defence Regiment and loyalist death squads. Sean Murray will present the documentary.

“…outstanding documentary film-making combining in-depth research and personal testimony to expose the undeniable truth of state collusion and its fatal consequences.” Phil Scraton, author “Hillsborough: The Truth”.

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