34 people detained after blockades in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, released


On Wednesday evening, 34 people who were held for just over 40 hours in the Los Llanos ejido in the municipality of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, were released.

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​It should be remembered that the inhabitants of this town tried to block a stretch of road between San Cristóbal de las Casas and Comitán, but elements of the State and Municipal Police prevented them from doing so.

Consequently, the protesters detained people who were traveling on the road as a way of pressuring the authorities to comply with a petition.

Some people who were detained leaked videos on social networks where it was observed that they were together with other people, who totaled 34, and that they were in a school.

In that place, they were given mats, plastic sheets and some blankets to sleep on.

“They gave us some tarps, we got some mats from them, it was a little complicated, they did what they could to give us a location isolated from the cold, but the weather, the floor and we rested as best we could,” said Luis Hernández, one of the detained people.

They indicated that, from the time of the detention, during their stay at the local primary school and during the negotiations, all those who were detained did not suffer any kind of blows or injuries, and that they were given food and clothing to protect themselves from the cold.

“It was calm, it was peaceful within reason, that issue is appreciated, it is appreciated because we do not have any physical damage, we cannot really complain about that,” explained Luis Hernández, a detained person.

How was the detention?

It was reported that administrative personnel of the Judicial Branch of the state in the mixed court of San Cristóbal de las Casas, located next to CERRS number five in the Altos area, was detained by the protesters from the town of Los Llanos.

During the time that the negotiations lasted, about 40 people were not able to leave the facilities and remained captive.

Authorities from the Chiapas government and a representation of the protesters held a dialogue table at noon and managed to reach an agreement in which the authorities committed to resolve the request for the implementation of social projects in the community before the end of the current administration.

In this way, around 6:00 p.m., they began to release the detained people in groups. Some arrived in San Cristóbal de las Casas and others returned to Tuxtla Gutiérrez.

The 34 detainees gave their statement before the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Altos zone and the Metropolitan zone.

At this time, the authorities have not reported whether there will be reprisals against the protesters who detained these people, nor whether the people detained by the Chiapas Attorney General’s Office, who total about 24, will be released in the next few hours.

They have not mentioned the scope of the negotiations that allowed the release of those detained.

Source: milenio