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Day 4: Eleuterio García Carmen

Friday, December 13, 2013 |




This is the fourth of twelve biographies of defenders of the security system and indigenous justice system of the state of Guerrero; 12 posts put in the “12 Days in Defense of Our Lives and Freedom” campaign. Day 1  Day 2  Day 3


Day 4: Eleuterio García Carmen.  Director of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities- Community Police (CRAC-PC) of the House of Justice of El Paraíso.

Eleuterio, a Na Savi youth, has two sons and a daughter who are studying; he, however, now sleeps in a prison far away from them.

In the Montaña Alta and part of the Costa Chica region, the CRAC-PC originated within the society of the indigenous people.  Despite the endemic violence and death trail that extends throughout the state, the people and communities continue to stand, resist, and are looking for ways to defend themselves against organized crime; how to compel the authorities in fulfilling their responsibilities.  The indigenous people and farmers have appealed to their community organization to effectively defend their territories.  They know that the best way to ensure their collective rights is to exercise control over their heritage, by implementing a system of monitoring and defending their territory.  Their motto is only the people can defend the people.

The judicial system and security of indigenous people, who the villages of the Costa-Montaña region have introduced, is anchored to a system of territories, of self-governments, of its own world views, which demands that the authorities of the state respect and recognize their state institutions, their rights, and of their own jurisdiction.  It is a system that has a long history and a prolonged memory, established with a lot of suffering and also with a lot of resistance.  It’s a system that challenges the design of the state judicial system and challenges their actions, their intolerance, the inaccessibility, their discrimination, their ineffectiveness, and their corrupt practices.  The CRAC, which is the agency formally recognized by the Regional Assembly as the representative body of the Community Police, is the public face of the indigenous authorities of the Costa-Montaña region who have the popular mandate in administering justice within the community system.

They acquire the reputation and respect to the extent that they comply with what the Assembly instructs them, and that they are faithful and strong defenders of the community laws.  Their biggest challenges are in: ensuring security to the communities, caring for the collective heritage, resolving conflicts peacefully, wisely administering justice, reeducating people who commit crimes, and preventing criminal activities that endanger the peace within communities.


This is how the communities of the region of Ayutla understood and adopted it; in November 2012 they were formally presented as members of the CRAC-PC, and the House of Justice of El Paraíso was founded.  It was during this context in which Eleuterio decided to be part of the Community Police.

Eleuterio, 30, is a Na Savi indigenous.  He was appointed as Director of the Community Police of the House of Justice of El Paraíso, municipality of Ayutla de Los Libres, in the assembly of November 18, 2012.

Eleuterio is from the community of El Paraíso, where he studied until fifth grade, when he had to leave his studies due to a lack of opportunities; he had to devote his full time to work in the field, alongside his father Juan Teodoro and his mother Arnulfa.  Eleuterio, like many other indigenous people of the region, had to go to work in other places; like other Na Savi youths from the area, he migrated to the fields of Altamirano from 2009 to 2012.

Eleuterio was arrested during the operations of August 21 in the community of El Paraíso, municipality of Ayutla de los Libres, during where they arrested 12 members of the Community Police of the House of Justice of El Paraíso.  He finds himself deprived of liberty in the prison of Acapulco, accused of kidnapping, in the criminal case 191/2013 to be heard in the 4th Court of First Criminal Instance of the Judicial District of Tabares (Juzgado 4º de Primera Instancia del Ramo Penal del Distrito Judicial de Tabares), located in Acapulco, Guerrero.  This information should not be overlooked:  the Na Savi youth who decided to serve his community when insecurity loomed over it and who never benefited financially from the great responsibility he had in his community; he is charged the same way in which the most dangerous criminals are charged. 

The arrests made during the large scale operations, in which Eleuterio and his comrades were arrested in, contrast with the negligence of the authorities responsible for providing security to the communities.  The growth of this system is a reality that required the authorities to respect and see it as part of civic institutions that are contributing to the democratization of the police system.  It’s like a call to purge and transform the security forces so that they can contain the crisis and take down (in a joint manner) the criminal onslaught.   But up to this point in time, the State Attorney only reacts to these desperate calls, made by the police, with a reduced viewpoint of the Penal Code; a code which, incidentally, is never applied with the same rigor for all in Guerrero.

Eleuterio is not a kidnapper.  He sought to organize himself with the community in order to respond to the security, as many other honest citizens of other municipalities do, including the capital.  The enormity of the accusation he faces is evident.  While accepting that the community justice generates debates; today, we should ask ourselves if maximum security prisons and allegations of serious crimes such as kidnapping is a just fate for young parents such as Eleuterio.  To say that he has benefited from his position as a police officer would be laughable if it were not tragic: given the persistence of poverty in the Montaña region, leaving his duty Eleuterio would migrate back to Altamirano, to continue to work in the fields in order to combat hunger.  It’s time to ask whether it’s reasonable for a community leader, such as Arturo Campos, a comrade of Eleuterio, to today find himself in a maximum security prison with the most dangerous drug lords in the country.  Is that justice?

If this brave community police officer did commit an offence, it is certainly not the same as the ones being committed by organized crime, who dedicate themselves in kidnappings to meet their despicable economic ambitions; we are dealing with distinguishable phenomena, among them, from the severity, premeditation, and systematicity.  By not seeing it how it is, like how the justice of Guerrero does, is using the law and imprisonment against those who, sometimes in desperate times but always honestly, decide not to tolerate the insecurity that is endemic in the state.  

Eleuterio should not be away from his children.  There is still time to amend this injustice.

Source: Tlachinollan

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4 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

The poor soldiers and sicarios are doing what they can to earn a living.
Their handlers however,just wanna take the lands for tourism,for France,Spain Germany,or for oil,mining,hydroelectric
plants for the richest man in the world a Carlos slim helu,now courting queen noor of Jordan? There comes the Arab connection.
But slim is Lebanese...
Canadian Lebanese bank...
Lebanese money laundering
Lebanese car thief turned us congressman...!!!!
Global Lebanon???
The puppets may be hungry
The puppeteers are greedy, pick your evil...

Anonymous said...

To 9:00AM

"The poor soldiers and sicarios are doing what they can to earn a living." With that kind of thinking, we all might as well go out and do some killing and kidnapping to earn a living. Of course you never mention the hundreds of thousands victims and the enormous amount of grief for their families. I got an great idea, read BB so you can see and maybe understand, the destruction of Mexico by these "Poor sicarios".

Lebanese, Arabs, Chinese, Japanese, Espanoles and the usual suspect, Americans (Gringos). How simple and easy to point fingers at other nationalities for Mexico problems. You are singing the same old and tired song of ethnic jealously and hatred. Your weak and confusing logic of this "Global Lebanon" . Carlos Slim and his ties to a Canadian Lebanese bank. Think buddy! The wealthiest man in the world would have more than One bank account. I'm positive he has a Banamex, Bancomer, Ban Oro,, etc accounts and does business with hundreds of other banks.

Speaking of puppets, whom do you work for? The Zetas, El gulfo, Sinaloa, PRI? They all have the same interest. They want someone else to take the blame for their dirty work.

Get off your smug and lazy butt and do something for humanity.

Anonymous said...

8:38 Oh,the irony!I work for you and the poor sicarios,I reckon you do not like my aspersions, but you know when you have been punched on the snout.
Where people keep their hardly earned money is of no concern to me,what they did to get the money,and what they do to get more and more and more,is my concern,as what they do with the money once they get it,it goes out of the countries,including the US,and comes back together with laundered money as investments to keep robbing the banana republics and the people living there.
Among the Arabs fucking around in Mexico,the Egyptian who started the killings of the women in CD Juarez,the Egyptian pederast,friend of el gober precioso,the mexican nationalized Chinese the Mexican police took about 250 million dollars from,soon many other things that have been coming up,as if Mexico did not have enough problems,it still has to put up with international criminals of every persuasion.EFFER BAFFER,I do not pit,nor do I measure myself against lesser men,but I will try to set you straight as long as you keep posting your slanted popo.
It is ironic that your blinders only allow you such a narrow tunnel vision of the world,but I have faith that you'll come to your senses someday,if it wasn't for the problem that someone else might fall in love with your bullshit,I would not be bothering with your Skunky ass,for reals,that is how I try to save some humanity in my spare time,tough I believe it would be much more honorable to work for any cartel than for fox news,Ralph Reed,Grover norquist,or for sun myung moon's church,enterprises,or drug trafficking organization of theirs,like you seem to.

Anonymous said...

To 10:39,

Let me correct you point for point, again!

1). No I don't like your "Aspersions" and your racist views.

2). How these sicarios and criminals earn "Their money" should be a concern to all. They get their money by murder, rape, kidnapping and terrorism. It's not like they have a 9 to 5 job at the the local panaderia.

3). You can site 2 whole examples of these foreingers causing the destruction of mexico. Wow! 2 whole examples! The Egyptian in prison has not been convicted of this crime of mass murder. You forget that mexican law is based on Napoleonatic(?) Law. "You are guilty first and you must prove your innocence". Here in the USA we are innocent first and it's the District Attorney job to prove we did the crime, beyond a reasonable doubt. The Egyptian is an easy scapegoat for the Juarez cartel's mass murder and the local police incompetence.

Yes that Chinese man did work with the cartels and got caught. And I hope he goes to prison for a looong time. With that being said. Two people, does not make a crime wave. 100s of thousands of Mexicans that work for or receive bribes makes a massive mafia/cartel crime takeover of Mexico. Again, you do not mention, not once, the Mexican Cartels their dirty deeds. 100s of thousands dead/murdered. Whole States taken over by the Cartels. Young girls raped. Innocent people terrorized. My god! Instead of just reading your "slanted popo". READ BB!!!

4). EFFER BAFFER??? What does that mean? Is that a Caballeros Temporarios code for a insult? Is it a threat? or it's a street name for crystal meth, your drug of choice.

5). Your last paragraph, reads like a Tuta interview. You wish to sound high minded. You "Have faith that I'll come to my senses some day", "Is how I try to save humanity in my spare time". Like Tuta, you don't answer the most important question. Who is responsible for all the mayhem in Mexico? Let me answer that for you. It's not Ralph Reed, Faux News, Grover Norquist, Sun Myung Moon's church or the star ship Enterprise. It is the Mexican Drug Cartels and the corrupt Mexican politicians.

6). Your infamous quote: " I believe it would be much more honorable to work for any cartel than ralph reed, faux news, etc." Tells me and other readers your real intentions and your real boss. You wish to confuse the issues by yelling FIRE!, then point the finger at Arabs, Asians and Americans. While, smirking and laughing at this personal joke, both hands are reaching out to receive from your paymasters (The drug cartel) your weekly bribe.

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