send faxes and emails to:
Sr. Elías Antonio Saca, Presidente de El Salvador:
Telephone (011- 503)
Email at this website:http://www.casapres.gob.sv/prescartas.htm **NEW**
2. Lic. Felix
Garrid Safie, Fiscal General de la república de El Salvador(Attorney
General of El Salvador)
2249-8412 / (011-503) 2249-8749
email@example.comThis email address is being protected from
3. Dr. Agustín
García Calderón,: Presidente de la Corte Suprema de Justicia(President of the Supreme Court of El Salvador)
Telephone (011-503) 2231-8300, (011-503)
to view it
3. Charles L. Glazer, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador
503) 2501-2999 or 011-503-2501-2003
(011-503) 2278-6020 (Consular department)
(Title and Name)
Le escribo para expresar
mi grave preocupación por las recientes acciones de represión realizadas en
contra de la población rural en el Municipio de Suchitoto, así como la captura
violenta y arbitraria de líderes de las comunidades.
La desmedida reacción
policial se produjo contra la población en manifestación pacífica contra la
privatización del agua, que no es otra cosa que la expresión legítima de
descontento social ante las políticas anti-populares. Este tipo de acción represiva evidencia la
violación de derechos humanos y amenazas a la libertad de organización y
expresión. Los golpes, capturas, cateos,
persecución y sobrevuelo de helicópteros traen a la memoria los momentos más
difíciles para la población rural durante el conflicto armado, y veo con alarma
este retroceso en el proceso de construcción de la democracia iniciado con los
acuerdos de paz.
A la vez quiero denunciar
la captura violenta de 13 personas incluyendo líderes de las comunidades y la
organización no-gubernamental, CRIPDES, entre ellos Marta Lorena Araujo, Rosa
María Centeno, María Haydee Chicas, y Manuel Antonio Rodríguez. Exijo para ellos el respeto a su integridad
física y moral, y el proceso justo de ley que lleve a su inmediata liberación.
Por último quiero
expresar mi solidaridad con las comunidades rurales y con CRIPDES en su labor a
favor del desarrollo social y económico del país, un trabajo que he visto
importante para la construcción de paz y democracia. Rechazo cualquier alegación directa o
indirecta para vincular a CRIPDES con actividades terroristas, o con el caso de
Mario Belloso y los sucesos del 5 de julio del 2006.
(Title and Name)
writing to express my grave concern about the recent actions of repression
carried out against the rural population in theMunicipality ofSuchitoto, as well as the violent and
arbitrary capture of community leaders.
disproportionate police reaction against the population came in response to a
non violent protest against the privatization of water, a legitimate expression
of social discontent toward policies that hurt the people. This type of repressive action gives evidence
of the violation of human rights and threats to the freedom of organization and
expression. Beatings, arrests, searches,
persecution and helicopter fly-overs bring to memory the most difficult moments
for the rural population during the past armed conflict, and I am alarmed by
this step backwards in the process of building democracy that was proposed with
the signing of the peace accords.
As well I
want to denounce the violent arrests of 13 people including leaders from the communities
and the non-governmental organization, CRIPDES, among them Marta Lorena Araujo,
Rosa María Centeno, María Haydee Chicas, and Manuel Antonio Rodríguez. I ask that you respect their physical and
moral integrity, and follow the just process of law that leads to their
want to express my solidarity with the rural communities and with CRIPDES in
their work for the social and economic development of the country, which I have
seen to be very important for the construction of lasting peace and
democracy. I reject any direct or
indirect allegations that try to link CRIPDES with terrorist activities, or
with the case of Mario Belloso and the events ofJuly 5, 2006.
Political Prisoners in El Salvador: Citizens not Terrorists
For up to date information
on the terrorism charges against CRIPDES leaders in the case of the Suchitoto
13, click on "E.S. Political Prisoners" on the menu at
left. The latest updates are in "News."
You can find the most
recent updates, press releases, and statements fromU.S. and Salvadoran organizations and
officials, as well as ways to get involved in the U.S.-El Salvador Sister
Cities Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in El Salvador.
Sister Cities Positional Declaration
Current status of situation
How to get involved/here is an urgent action letter to send
Talk to your congressperson
Attend this vigil at a consulate
Press contacts if you need an interview
Media Bibliography (what has been published so far)
How to donate to CRIPDES organizing expenses and legal fees
Take Action to
Protect Community Members and CRIPDES Leaders Wrongly Charged with
Use the contact information here rather than
previous alerts, as it has been updated.
1. Excelentísimo Sr.
Elías Antonio Saca, Presidente de El Salvador:
2243-9947. **NEW AS OF THIS UPDATE**
Email at this website:http://www.casapres.gob.sv/prescartas.htm**NEW**
2. Lic. Felix Garrid
Safie, Fiscal General de la república de El Salvador(Attorney
General of El Salvador)
(011-503) 2249-8412 / (011-503) 2249-8749
3. Dr. Agustín García Calderón,:
Presidente de la Corte Suprema de Justicia(President of
the Supreme Court of El Salvador)
2231-8300, (011-503) 2271-8888.
2271-8754 **NEW, AND CORRECTED AS OF THIS
Secretary's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles L. Glazer, U.S. Ambassador toEl Salvador
Fax: (011-503) 2278-6020
Thank you to all
who have faxed, called, and emailed so far. For those of you who have run
into technical difficulties, this update should help.
1. The fax numbers
for Calderon's office and email addresses for Calderon's secretary and
President Saca have been added/corrected.
2. Before all
international phone calls or faxes, dial "011",then the country
code "503", then the 8-digit number.
3. If a fax number
fails, in all likelihood it means it was busy. Please try again.
4. If a fax number
fails repeatedly, please consider making a phone call. Make sure you dial 011 first. Say, "Mi
nombre es ____. Hablo de los Estados Unidos. Estoy preocupado por
los trece detenidos del dos de julio. Los detenidos no son
terroristas." ("My name is____. I'm calling from theUnited States. I am concerned
for the 13 prisoners of July 2. The people being held are not
terrorists.") If they respond in Spanish you do not
understand, simply repeat your statement.
The Case Takes a Dangerous Turn; CRIPDES Members and Leaders
Charged with Terrorism
We learned late Wednesday
night that the 13 people arrested last Monday, July 2, including CRIPDES
leaders and community members, are now being charged with “Aggravated
Damages, Acts of Terrorism and Injuring a Police Officer.” They will
be tried under the newAnti-Terrorism Law, (read the specificshere) created by the Salvadoran government and President Saca. This
means that they are taken out of the provincial court system and will be tried
in special tribunals, created specifically for cases under this law.
Everything seems to
indicate that these arrests were strategically planned by the government
to discourage social protest and take apart the Salvadoran social
movement. There are reports that the Attorney General has planned to call
on witnesses from within the National Civilian Police (PNC) and Riot Police
(UMO). At the time of publication of this message, CRIPDES members and
supporters from the rural communities have peacefully gathered outside the
courthouse inSan Salvador, the UMO Riot Police has surrounded the entire block, with helicopters
were heard this morning, and preliminary information puts the public hearing of
the case for this Saturday, July 7, at10:00 am.
This turns up the pressure
for action on our part. Under the anti-terrorism law possible jail time
can reach nearly 40 years! We need to show our solidarity now more than ever,
and let the government know that CRIPDES leaders are not terrorists!
News, Call to Action : CRIPDES Leaders Arrested, Violent Repression of Protest
inSuchitoto,El Salvador on July 2nd
July 5, 2007,16:00 EDT
Thank you for your attentiveness and
patience in following the news after the events of July 2 in Suchitoto,Cuscatlán Province,El Salvador. Our partners in the social
movement inEl Salvador have been organizing over the past 3 days to respond to the violent
repression of a peaceful protest and the capture and detention of CRIPDES
leaders, both of which occurred Monday in Suchitoto.
What you can do:
Sr. Elías Antonio Saca, Presidente deEl Salvador:
Telephone (country code
2243-7857 / (503) 2243-9930.
2. Lic. Felix Garrid Safie, Fiscal General
de la república de El Salvador(Attorney General of El Salvador)
Telephone (country code 503)
2249-8412 / (503) 2249-8749
Fax (503) 2528-6096
3. Dr. Agustín García Calderón,: Presidente de
la Corte Suprema de Justicia(President
of the Supreme Court of El Salvador)
Telephone (country code 503)
2231-8300, (503) 2271-8888.
Fax (503) 2243-9930,
3. Contact media that will publicize these events. Members of CRIPDES inEl Salvador are available for telephone interviews and English-Spanish
translation is available via US-El Salvador Sister Cities. Contact: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (585)
Again, thank you for your attentiveness and
for your action. The remainder of this
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