Drug-related violence is spreading all over Chiapas: Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas

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Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar

In a letter signed together with his collaborators, Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar stated that the voices of peace of the people are being silenced by violence, weapons, and intimidation.

The Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas and its parishioners united of the Pueblo Creyente organization denounced this Thursday the 21st the increase in drug violence in the towns and communities of Chiapas, where murders, disappearances, forced displacement, extortions, and other scourges continue. being a constant that has left “pain and death in many Chiapas families.”

In a letter signed by Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar Martínez, Auxiliary Bishop Luis Manuel López Alfaro, Chancellor Secretary María Reyes Arias Saraoz, and Miguel Ángel Montoya Moreno, from the Vicariate of Justice and Peace, pointed out that in Chiapas there is “a cry for peace.” silenced by weapons,” while “the voices of our people are being silenced by violence, weapons, and intimidation.”

They pointed out that “in the state of Chiapas we are living amid criminal groups that dispute the territory, putting civil society as a human barrier in said dispute, without enforcing the people’s right to security, free movement, peace, and others, permanently.”

In the public statement, they indicated that for more than two years the border-mountain region has suffered the scourges of violence, kidnappings, uprisings, crimes, murders, collections of land rights, disappearances, and the looting and mining exploitation that continue without end. under threats and intimidation to Ejidal authorities and communities, with the presence of armed people and endless violations of human and collective rights.

“We see, hear, feel, and accompany the pain, suffering, and desperate cry for peace of women, men, girls, boys, young people, and the elderly who are suffering from this situation without their demands for security, justice, and peace. Organized crime keeps people besieged, kidnapped, intimidated, and threatened, violating them more every day.

“We are greatly concerned about the current situation of these towns: Frontera Comalapa, Chicomuselo, Siltepec, Motozintla, El Porvenir, Bellavista, La Grandeza, Altamirano, Maravilla Tenejapa and others silenced by weapons.”

Source: Proceso

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