Holy Week activities suspended in Ocozocoautla and Villaflores, Chiapas due to violence


One of the parishes detailed that the cessation of activities is due to “the violence that is being experienced in the region”

At least two parishes located in Chiapas announced the cessation of Holy Week activities after the violent events that occurred in the entity. In an initial statement, the San Juan Bautista Parish of Ocozocoautla asked for prayers for peace and non-violence and noted that religious activities were canceled on Monday, March 25.

While that organization indicates that activities will resume tomorrow Tuesday, the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and San Miguel Arcángel, located in Villaflores, also suspended its activities without setting a date for their return.

The Ocozocoautla parish shared the statement on Monday afternoon clarifying the following: “Only for today, activities will be suspended, we will resume the #HolyWeek program tomorrow.” Meanwhile, also on Monday afternoon, the Villaflores parish shared a similar message, but without specifying the date they will return to activities.

Companies send a message to AMLO due to violence in the region

In addition to the mentioned parishes, the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex) Chiapas shared a document addressed to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) in which they expressed their “concern” for the violent events that have occurred over the last two years, but that have intensified in recent days.

In the message, they also take the opportunity to offer their support to López Obrador in terms of creating “mechanisms to address criminal violence.” Coparmex pointed out that one of the results of the violent events is the phenomenon of displacement, as well as insecurity on the highway derived from car theft, in addition to assaults against security forces, blockades, and confrontations between armed individuals.

Even Coparmex indicated that it has tried to establish a dialogue with local authorities, without having received a response so far, although they reiterated their willingness to dialogue to generate solutions and create “mechanisms of attention.”

“Based on the above and informed that among your short-term plans, one is the fact of your desire to reside in our entity upon the conclusion of your constitutional mandate, we consider that there are sufficiently solid reasons to work together and recover conditions of normality and peace in Chiapas,” can be read in the statement shared shortly before 6:00 p.m. (Central Mexico time) on Monday.

What happened in Chiapas

During the early hours of Monday, there was a confrontation between armed individuals on the Ocozocoautla-Tuxtla Gutiérrez highway, where blockades were also reported. Initial reports indicate that this stemmed from a struggle between rival criminal groups.

In recordings shared on social networks, part of the consequences of the violent events can be seen, while unofficial reports indicate that several vehicles were burned at the site. By 8:00 a.m., authorities indicated that the situation was controlled by elements of the National Guard and the Army, without the official channels announcing any arrests or even a recount of the damages after what happened on the highway during the early hours of Monday.

In the report “Siege on Daily Life, Terror for Territorial Control, and Serious Human Rights Violations” presented last February, the ways in which criminal groups affect the civilian population are documented.

Source: Infobae