The following is an unofficial translation of “Pronunciamiento de Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo #DrSernasPresentaciónConVida“
“We still sing, we still ask,
We still dream, we still wait,
Despite the blows
That struck our lives,
Banishing our loved ones
To oblivion. “
Two years have passed since May 10, 2018, when our comrade Ernesto Sernas García was seen for the last time in his home located in San Agustín de las Juntas, Oaxaca.
Sernas García is a Doctor in Constitutional Law, a professor, an essayist, a lecturer and a lawyer. He has been a defender of education and the autonomous university, and has advised communities in defense of land and territory. His last great contribution focused on the defense of 23 political prisoners, militants of our organization, accused of terrorism and possession of explosives reserved for the use of the army.
His disappearance occurred within the framework of the acquittal of the Third District Judge in the midst of a three-year farce trial against the activists, who were held in high-security federal prisons.
The means of evidence presented by Sernas García allowed for the acquittal of the accused, clearly indicating the responsibility of the state in the fabrication of evidence and the criminalization of our comrades.
For this reason, his disappearance is clearly a forced disappearance, ordered from the highest spheres of the old state and carried out by counter-insurgent groups that seek to obstruct the people’s struggle through terror.
Just a month prior also marks a year since April 11, 2019 in which our comrade Luis Armando Fuentes Aquino was treacherously assassinated in San Francisco Ixhuatán.
Fuentes Aquino was assassinated in the midst of a paramilitary ambush a day after leading a mobilization of more than two thousand peasants and fishermen against the European and Canadian imperialist megaprojects that seek to impose wind farms and mining zones in rural and indigenous territories at the expense of the dispossession and displacement of dozens of communities.
The comrade was an outstanding leader, loved and cherished by the people in the numerous municipalities and communities of Istmo de Tehuantepec as well as in the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Veracruz.
A member of the Istmo Regional Committee of our organization and member of the Committee in Defense of the Land of the Eastern Zone of the Istmo. A fisherman by trade, he had become the founder and president of various fishing cooperatives in the coastal fisheries. He held the position of Municipal Agent in the Community of Cerro Grande, where he’s originally from, a place from which he prompted the creation and development of new systems of relief, justice and community defense to stop the excessive exploitation of the communities’ natural resources; exploitation that is carried out by large landowners and transnational companies that use criminal gangs alike to attack the peoples of the region.
Luis is also remembered as the fisherman who made the call to initiate the payment strikes in multiple communities against the high costs of the electrical energy that is now thirteen years old.
Two years after the forced disappearance of Dr. Ernesto Sernas García and one year after the murder of Luis Armando Fuentes Aquino, there is no one in prison, the investigations are riddled with inconsistencies and, as evident, justice for the families of our comrades is a bureaucratic, insensitive and terribly tortuous process.
In contrast, the government of the state of Oaxaca has responded with arrest warrants against at least eight members of our organization, all linked to the process, while simultaneously an increasing number of investigative files have emerged against our militancy.
Even in the midst of the pandemic, this situation has not ceased. Assault, harassment, persecution and surveillance against our organization, our leaders and our activists continue.
The health emergency fits hand in glove for the old state, it is politically sparing the large concentrations of masses that continue to demand justice and respect for the rights of the people.
State governments are tightening anti-people measures, the right and the far-right want to militarize the quarantine, they want to stride forward the ongoing preventive reactionary coup. Make trouble, fail, make trouble again, fail again, and so on till their doom: such is the logic of the reactionaries and they will never go against it. This is demonstrated by the history of class struggle, this is also demonstrated by the 75 years since victory was achieved by the Soviet Union over fascist Nazi Germany, defeated within its own jaws by the glorious Red Army.
This situation will not last forever.
It is true, at this moment it is imperative to take care of the health and life of the people, and this can only be done from the people themselves, that is: from below. The regime has spent four decades dismantling social security and privatizing public health; therefore, it has neither the capacity nor the interest to protect the population amidst COVID-19.
In view of this, without renouncing our fight for respect and fulfillment of our Five Central Points, we also pay attention to the needs of the masses, formed Health and Hygiene Committees in Defense of the People that carry out information, health prevention and sanitization tasks , promoting solidarity, organization and community life, mainly among rural populations where medical services do not exist, but also in highly marginalized urban areas where these are also lacking.
We want to emphasize, despite the old state’s attempts to decimate our forces, they are still intact. Our task is to preserve and grow these forces to retake the streets as soon as possible.
The slogan shared by Ernesto and Luis, the slogan raised many times by Faustino, Alfredo, Rosalino, Paulino, Fernando, Morales, Javier, Roberto, Ángela, Jorge, Crescenciana and those comrades who have fallen or been killed, is the same slogan that we hold today, awaiting the new times: flood the streets and plazas with red flags!
Present Dr. Ernesto Sernas García Alive!
Justice For Luis Armando Fuentes Aquino!
The Fallen Comrades Will Be Avenged Through The Struggle!
Stop State Terrorism And The War Against The People!
Stop Criminal Proceedings Against Our Militants!
Respect And Fulfill Our Five Central Points!
The Pandemic Does Not End Our Struggle!
Let The Rich Pay For The Economic And Health Crisis!
With The Red Sun, The People Will Win!
Corriente del Pueblo-Sol Rojo
May 10 2020