Oxchuc rejects reinstating mayor


Indigenous Tseltal residents of Oxchuc Municipio in Chiapas demonstrates against reinstating María Gloria as mayor.

Indigenous Tseltal residents of Oxchuc Municipio in Chiapas demonstrate against reinstating María Gloria as mayor.

By: Isaín Mandujano


With a multitudinous mobilization, thousands of indigenous Tseltals of Oxchuc, rejected María Gloria Sánchez Gómez’ attempt this Wednesday to be restored to her position of mayor, as the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF) ordered and supported the substitute mayor, Oscar Gómez López.

Coming from 115 communities, since very early, thousands of indigenous started to arrive in the municipal capital of Oxchuc. The traditional and civil authorities with the staff of command in hand concentrated at the town’s principal entrance from which they marched to the central plaza.

With banners and chants, thousands of indigenous marched headed by Oscar Gómez López, the current mayor of that municipio (country) and the president of the permanent peace and conciliation commission, Juan Encinos Gómez.

The Indigenous arrived in the plaza where they held a meeting in which they declared that they would not permit María Gloria Sánchez Gómez to be reinstated in her position as mayor, as the TEPJF ordered last August 31.

The Indigenous denounced that from their writing the magistrates are totally ignorant of the reality that the municipio experiences, because of which it concerns them not to respect said decision and that should she approach authority “María Gloria and all of them” will be thrown out.

Juan Encinos Gómez said that those that mobilized were around 25,000. The plaza was replete with indigenous Tseltal men and women that in unison stated their rejection of María Gloria Sánchez, the mayor supported by the PVEM.

Along with María Gloria Sánchez, they expressed their repudiation of her husband, the PRI member Norberto Sántiz, also twice an ex mayor, the ex federal deputy. The two maintained a political boss system for almost 15 years in that indigenous municipio.

The mayor that the people of Oxchuc support, Oscar Gómez López, said that serve in the position until the indigenous people of the 115 communities make a determination, because he took office with the principle of “mandar obedeciendo” (govern obeying). [1]

Although it had been speculated that today the indigenous would demolish the houses of María Gloria Sánchez and her closest collaborators that were expelled from the town, that didn’t happen.

But before this huge mobilization, the Network for Effective Parity (Repare, Its Spanish acronym) criticized that local authorities continue to disrespect the TEPJF’s decision and that they have not made the least attempt to restore María Gloria Sánchez Gómez in her position. To the contrary, with these marches and mobilizations they have let the hatred against women that were displaced from their positions and from that municipio to continue increasing.


Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Re-published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee



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