Jesús García, the opponent of the Interoceanic Corridor project, is killed in Oaxaca


Oaxaca, Jesús Manuel García Martínez, a member of the social organization Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo, and opponent of the Interoceanic Corridor in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, was murdered Thursday night in the Santa Cruz Tagolaba neighborhood, municipality of Santo Domingo Tehuantepec .

The attack, in which the regional leader of that organization, Érick Sánchez Gutiérrez, was also injured, was perpetrated around 10:05 p.m. on October 27, when an armed group attacked García Martínez’s home, the civil organization denounced.

According to members of Sol Rojo, the two community members had remained in resistance to the federal project of the Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthmus, which aims to unite the municipalities of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, with Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.

The Corriente del Pueblo del Sol Rojo blamed the armed attack on Anastasio Gutiérrez García alias Tacho Canasta and Sergio Gutiérrez García, leaders of the community members of Santa Cruz Tagolaba, and who have been accused of being behind the dispossession of land and generators of violence in that community.

The prosecution opens an investigation folder

For the crime, the Attorney General of the State of Oaxaca initiated the investigation folder number 37251/FIST/TEHUANTEPEC/2022 for the commission of the crimes of qualified homicide and attempted homicide.

The FGE reported that after the attack, the regional leader Sánchez Gutiérrez, who was injured, was transferred to a hospital in the area for medical attention.

The case was attracted by the regional deputy prosecutor’s office of the Isthmus, an area that deployed experts and agents to carry out legal proceedings.

On October 26, Filogonio Martínez Merino, a community defender and former municipal agent from Paso de la Reina, a community in the municipality of Santiago Jamiltepec, was killed in an ambush while traveling in his truck.

The organization Services for Alternative Education (Educa), which has provided support to community defenders in the preservation of the Verde River and against hydroelectric projects, explained that Martínez Merino was traveling alone in his vehicle on the way to the town of La Humedad, and when he was driving through the town of Piedra Blanca was ambushed by several armed individuals.


The Oaxaca Post