+Violence in Chiapas: Over 4,000 People Flee Tila Due to Armed Clashes

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The General Prosecutor’s Office of Chiapas and security forces went to the rescue of the inhabitants of Tila, a municipality where two antagonistic groups violently dispute control.

The State General Prosecutor’s Office (FGE) confirmed this Saturday, June 8, that more than 4,000 people were evacuated from the town of Tila, where two local armed groups are fighting for control of the territory.

In an official letter, on Saturday night, the FGE reported that through the Indigenous Justice Prosecutor’s Office, it rescued 4,187 people in the municipality of Tila, Chiapas, “who were hiding in their homes after the acts of violence that occurred in this place, being transferred to various shelters in the state.”

As part of this operation, the FGE said, “the Interinstitutional group carried out the inspection of 17 buildings that were set on fire, including homes and businesses, locating in one of them, the lifeless bodies of Felipe ‘N’, 41 years old, and a 16-year-old minor with a protected identity.”

Likewise, 21 vehicles of different brands and models were inspected, all of which were burned and vandalized.

The FGE pointed out that in various actions, two vehicles were secured, for which the Registry of Attention for the Possible Commission of Criminal Acts (abandoned vehicle) was filed, against whoever is responsible.

During this operation, ministerial personnel, Investigative Police, experts, and a forensic doctor from the FGE participated, as well as personnel from the National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA), National Guard (GN), elements of the State Preventive Police (PEP) and Municipal Public Security, in addition to Municipal and State Civil Protection.

Why is there violence in Tila?

Tila is a municipality in the northern zone of the state of Chiapas, bordering the neighboring state of Tabasco, and is an area of the original Chol people.

It is home to one of the most important religious sanctuaries in the state, where the Lord of Tila, a Black Christ that attracts thousands of devotees each year, is celebrated annually, bringing significant economic benefits to the town.

For some years now, two local armed groups have been disputing control of this town and the surrounding communities. The landowners who call themselves ‘The Autonomous’ against another armed group known as ‘The Karma’.

In recent days, both groups have staged attacks and caused several casualties.

Source: El Financiero