Policías Auxiliares en Huelga de Hambre en D.F.

Auxiliary Police on Hunger Strike in Mexico CityEnglish

ARTICULO por Adriana
FOTOS por Braulio
TRADUCCION por Adriana y Braulio

28 Julio, 2005 – Bernardo, Guillermo y Miguel, son tres de cinco Expolicías Auxiliares del D.F. (México). Desde hace 23 días ellos viven en un campamento hecho de lonas y camas de unicel, en la plancha del Zócalo capitalino frente a la oficina del Jefe de gobierno, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)*, ya que el año 2000 AMLO decreto que las condiciones laborales de los policías iban a mejorar, que tendrían un salario justo, un buen servicio medico, y que la corrupción dentro de la institución se iba a terminar.

Han pasado los años y nada de lo prometido se ha cumplido, ahora este grupo de hombres han decidido manifestarse en huelga de hambre apoyados por algunos compañeros que se encuentran laborando, hasta que sus demandas sean cumplidas, ellos piden: que el pago de pensiones sea igual al de los policías que están trabajando, por ejemplo el salario de un policía es de 2100 o 2800 pesos a la quincena, el salario para un jubilado es de 1200 pesos aproximadamente a la quincena. También piden un mejor servicio medico, pago de enfermedades profesionales, uniformes, el cese de medidas represivas y de hostigamiento laboral, así como reinstalación y pago de indemnización para los despedidos.

Mientras cae una fuerte lluvia Miguel platica que él fue despedido hace dos años por repartir propaganda “subversiva” entre los compañeros, Bernardo dice que él fue despedido por publicar los actos corruptos de los altos funcionarios de la Policía Auxiliar, Guillermo barre el agua que empieza a entrar al campamento. Su lucha por la dignidad es solitaria, su movimiento apenas comienza, y es indiferente para las personas que viven en esa ciudad, ya que la policía es vista como un instrumento represor del estado pero casi nunca se piensa en que ellos tienen derechos y que solo es una forma de sobrevivir.

La única forma de ayudarlos es directamente en el campamento ya que ellos no cuentan con un sitio en Internet, correo electrónico o cuenta bancaria. Miguel agradece que nosotros le regalamos una copia del periódico bilingüe de San Diego Indymedia. Publicado en el verano del 2005.

* Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) renuncio a su cargo de jefe de gobierno el 28 de julio, por que quiere postularse para las elecciones para elegir al próximo presidente.

Auxiliary Police on Hunger Strike in Mexico City

ARTICLE by Adriana
PHOTOS by Bradley
TRANSLATION by Adriana and Bradley

July 28, 2005 – Bernardo, Guillermo and Miguel are three of five former Auxiliary Police from Mexico City, Mexico. For 23 days, they have been living in a cloth tent with styrofoam beds in the Zolcalo in front of the office of Governor Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). In 2000, AMLO declared that the labor conditions for police would improve, that they would receive a fair salary, quality medical service, and that the corruption within the police force would come to an end.

It has been five years and none of the promises have been met. Now this group of five former auxiliary police have decided to go on a hunger strike in solidarity with all of the current auxiliary police until all of their demands are met. Their demands state that former auxiliary police need to be paid a pension which is equal to the salary of current auxiliary police, for example police currently receive a salary of 2,100 to 2,800 pesos (approx. 200 to 300 dollars) every 15 days, while retired auxiliary police receive approximately 1,200 pesos (approx. 120 dollars) every 15 days. The former auxiliary police are also demanding better medical service police, workers compensation for accidents on the job, police should not have to pay for their uniforms, stop all repression and harassment of police and either re-hire or pay a fair salary to police who have been fired for no reason.

It began to rain fiercely as Miguel explained to us that he was fired two years ago for distributing “subversive” information to other police. Bernardo said that he was fired for publicizing acts of corruption within the highest ranks of the Auxiliary Police. As Guillermo was sweeping rain water out of the tent. Their fight for dignity is very lonely and their struggle has just began. Most people living in Mexico City are not concerned about the poor working conditions and pensions for Auxiliary Police. Police are seen as an instrument of state repression, but people almost never think about the rights of police and that being a police officer is a form of survival.

The only way to help the five Auxiliary Police on this hunger strike is to directly visit their encampment. They do not have a website, email address or bank account. Miguel appreciated that we gave them a copy of San Diego Indymedia´s summer 2005 bilingual newspaper.

* Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) resigned his position as Governor of Mexico City on July 28 because he is trying to get elected as the next president of Mexico.

Crossposted at Indybay.org.

Author: Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is a reporter and photographer in the Monterey Bay Area, and a collective member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). Follow him on social media: @BradleySA.