CJNG detains and interrogates a religious group in Chiapas

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They stopped them on the road and took photos and videos of them, say members of the Pueblo Creyente

After ensuring that violence and insecurity in our towns is a time bomb, the Pueblo Creyente organization of the municipality of Chicomuselo, Chiapas, denounced that pastoral agents and servants of the local parish were detained by members of the El Maíz group, a social base of the Jalisco New Generation cartel (CJNG).

In a statement, they reported that yesterday dozens of collaborators from the parish of San Pedro and San Pablo, based in Chicomuselo, were stopped and questioned when they were returning from their assembly and at the intersection of the Chachahual neighborhood, on the road that connects Chicomuselo with La Concordia, where El Maíz has one of the many booths to control the town.

They explained that when they left the Nueva Morelia ejido detour they met a group of men who told them to go slowly because they would stop them at the booth. Our sisters and brothers were detained for approximately half an hour and questioned: who they were, where they came from, what they did and where they were going. Some were asked for identification.

They explained that one of the people who detained them communicated by radio stating that he would speak to his boss; They told them that they had stopped the vans with people, that there were children, women and men, that two vehicles were missing and that two others had already passed them by.

Minutes later “some taxis and vans arrived with men from El Maíz, who took photographs and videos of the units with the sisters and brothers on board. In a little while longer they let them pass,” but we are concerned about their safety and that of the entire town that continues to be violated in all its forms.

The Believer People stressed that the omission of the State and the complicity with criminal groups puts the entire population at risk. Those of us who are still in the town live in uncertainty; Many have decided to migrate, but they leave all their heritage that they have achieved with so much effort.

They stressed: We suffer violations of our human and collective rights; We live in constant threats, intimidation, harassment, dispossession of our natural and material assets, forced migration, persecution, arrests, disappearances and murders without, until now, any response from the State, complicit in the face of so much injustice.

Businessman murdered

Daniel Balcázar, 32, businessman and manager of the Búnker Élite Club nightclub, was shot to death early this Sunday in the city of Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, security sources announced.

Dedicated to running clubs and bars, Balcázar had previously been in charge of La Casa de las Bandas; Both establishments are characterized by presenting northern and corrido groups.

Police reports indicated that Balcázar was leaving the Cafeto square of bars and restaurants, to the south-west of the city, when he was intercepted by armed men traveling in two vans; His body was shot three times, indicated expert agents from the Chiapas prosecutor’s office who attended the crime scene.
Source: La Jornada