Attempt to Decommission the Community Radio of Amiltzinko 100.7
Today, September 28, 2016, at around 1:20 in the installations of the community radio of Amiltzinko, two Chevy express trucks with plate numbers 9533CH and 803 WHS and a federal patrol parked in front of the radio station. An individual that did not identify himself tried to enter the installations of the radio without asking permission. When he was asked if he brought a search warrant he confirmed that he brought it but he wasn’t willing to show it. Next arrived a federal worker named H. Labastida C and thirteen other people that also didn’t identify themselves and were without uniforms. According to the people present in the installations, one of them was armed.
When they were asked what the issue was, they responded that they wanted to talk with the landlord of the house or with someone else who could be arranged. They insisted that they wanted to enter the house and they said that we were committing a federal crime and that they were responding to the demands of people in the community. The compañerxs of the radio working at the time told them that they would wait for the community to arrive and that the radio is community based and it was with the people that the problem would be solved. At the insistence of these people that wanted to talk with someone of the house, the bell rang, and with the bell, the people retreated.
Since yesterday, these trucks were seen in our community and were trying to take photos of the installations of the radio. However they weren’t able to do as such when habitants of the community discovered them.
The community radio Amiltzinko 100.7 is a radio created and sustained by the people of Amilcingo, starting 2 years and 10 months ago. During this time, the radio has been run by children, youth, men and women that have worked in favor of the culture of the people of Eastern Morelos and of the West of Puebla. We have given space to the voice of the people, to community festivals, to the cultural, sporting, and social activities. We have diffused community, state and national problems. We have worked in solidarity with the struggles of professors, of the disappeared students of Ayotzinapa. We all have carried out social services to support the people with problems, with economic scarcity and in dire situations. We have supported and diffused local businesses and the work of the campesinxs.
We are exercising our right as Indigenous people to community communication, endorsed in Article 2 of the Mexican constitution. The community radios have a growing importance in the community life and the diffusion of our culture. The threat to close our radio is latent. They want to silence the voice of the people. They want to attack our rights, and they are violating us with their harassments and threats. They are criminalizing us for exercising a right that is ours.
We are on alert before whatever other attempts to decommission our radio. We call on everyone to be alert. Also we denounce that today, radios 87.5 and 103.9 of the municipality of Tepalcingo, Morelos, were decommissioned.
We name responsible the federal, state and municipal governments and the IFETEL of whatever physical and moral damage is done to our installations and the members of our radio.
We demand respect of our right to community communication!
We demand an end to the harassment!
Radio Comunitaria Amiltzinko 100.7