Margarita Lopez, del estado de Michoacán, forma parte del Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad que está protestando la guerra en contra del narcotráfico. Miembros del movimiento y los que apoyan su lucha se reunieron en abril 2012 en Cuernavaca Mexico. Aquí tenemos una entrevista con Margarita, quien tiene una hija desaparecida del estado de Oaxaca.
ENGLISH FILE DESCRIPTION: Margarita Lopez from the state of Michoacán is part of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity which is protesting the war against drug trafficking. Members of the movement and those that support its struggle met in Abril 2012 in Cuernavaca Mexico. Here we have an interview with Margarita, who has a daughter that was disappeared in the state of Oaxaca.
ENGLISH TRANSCRIPTION OF THE INTERVIEW:
Witness for Peace Mexico: Can we can start with your name and where you are from?
Margarita Lopez: Margarita Lopez, from the state of Michocan, but my daughter was disappeared in Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca.
Witness for Peace Mexico: When did that happen?
Margarita Lopez: A year and nine months ago. Excuse me, a year and nine days ago. On April 13th of last year.
Witness for Peace Mexico: What was the last communication that you had with her?
Margarita Lopez: That same day, we were in communication with my daughter via text message until about 4:30 or 5:00 that afternoon. At 7:30 pm they told me that my daughter had been taken by an armed command from her home. My daughter was married to a soldier who was part of the Special Forces. At that time he was in Mexico City at a training course and my daughter was alone in Oaxaca City.
Witness for Peace Mexico: So you became a part of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity. What has it been like for you to be a part of this movement?
Margarita Lopez: Very gratifying, because I had to go back and forth to Oaxaca City for several months, where the state government did not do anything about my petitions and neither did the Mexican Army nor the federal government in Oaxaca. That is when I came to join the Movement for Peace. As I said before, Nacho and Javier, supported me. Since then, they took me by the hand and never let me go. Since then, they accompanied me to file the case, I had filed it already, but they had never given me an inquiry number. About three months after filing it they gave me an inquiry number. So since then, the Movement for Peace has helped me raise awareness about this so my voice will be heard. Through the Movement for Peace, I have raised my voice with the press, with the media, and even with the government itself. Mostly at the federal level, they are the ones who have been supporting us through Maricela Morales, who has been supporting us through the movement. Otherwise, I don’t think we would be heard. There are thousands of people who are not part of the Movement for Peace and their voices are not heard. Even here within the Movement, there are people who don’t have the means to move around, to go from one state to another for their cases. If at times they don’t even have the means to travel from their homes to the municipal (seats), then they have even fewer means to go to from one state to another. We have been fighting now so that our voice is heard and for the approval of a Victims Law that is in Congress right now. So it is a fight for all, not only for our children, for my daughter who is disappeared, but also for all the rest of the children, the youth that have been ripped away from their homes and their parents.
Witness for Peace Mexico: What is the name of your daughter and how old is she?
Margarita Lopez: My daughter’s name is Yahira Guadalupe Baheana Lopez. She was disappeared when she was 19 years old, now she is 20. She is a beautiful girl. I can say a precious girl, dedicated to her husband and her home.
Witness for Peace Mexico: Are you going to be participating in the caravan that is going to the United States this August and September?
Margarita Lopez: Of course, we have to support it, from all the states. We made a call today for all those who want to participate in the caravan to the United States because we need to raise our voices now abroad.
Witness for Peace Mexico: We know that by being part of this movement, you have raised your voice in many public spaces and places. What will be the message you are going to bring to the people in the United States? Although there are a lot of people from Mexico in the US, most are not from there. So what is going to be your message there when you go on the caravan?
Margarita Lopez: That we are not alone. That there are many migrants that have been disappeared. Many, many people come from Central and South America and cross through our country. In these last few years where there has been so much violence in this country and they have been disappeared. It’s like they enter a Bermuda Triangle that they never get out of. So they need to raise their voices. They must speak out about their family members that have been disappeared. A ton of people have to migrate to foreign countries because of the violence that exists in this country. Many people stay quiet. They don’t say that they have a family member who has been disappeared, a family member who has been killed. So I am going to call on them to raise their voices, to come together and join forces so that we can move forward to end this wave of violence that has come during the last few years here in the country.