By: René Alberto López
Gunmen murdered with five bullets –one of them in the face– the environmentalist José Luis Álvarez Flores, 64, whose body was found Monday in the ejido Calatrava, municipality of Palenque, Chiapas, on a road that leads to Emiliano Zapata, Tabasco, Francisco Ricardez Olivares, director of public security of the first location, reported
A native of Emiliano Zapata and known as a defender of the environment and the conservation of primates, Álvarez Flores had denounced the illicit removal of sand from the Usumacinta River, which crosses through both states.
Police in Emiliano Zapata reported that the homicide was perpetrated at 12:25 pm on Monday. The murderers left a message at the side of the cadaver, in which they threaten the victim’s family members.
Personnel from the Chiapas and Tabasco prosecutors’ offices went to start the investigations, although at the close of this edition no one had given an official version of what occurred.
Locals narrated that the activist directed the Management Unit for the Use and Conservation of Wildlife (Uma, its Spanish acronym) of the howler monkey (monkey that lives in the zone and which he seeks to protect from being run over on the road).
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources created the Umas in 1997 as spaces for the conservation of wild life.
The Uma for howler monkeys is the first one for primates in Mexico and was created to protect one of the most studied monkeys of America. It encompasses 345 hectares of rancho Las Vegas, in the locality of Chablé, municipality of Emiliano Zapata, at kilometer 3.2 of the Chablé-La Guayaba highway.
Durante the inauguration of the space, Álvarez Flores affirmed that this Uma would be “a place where we would be able to see the majority of the animals and birds of the wildlife that exist in the southeast of Mexico.”
The promoters of this Uma point out that more than one hundred black howler monkeys and specimens of the tiger heron live in that unit. The authorized management plan includes the conservation and eventual use of the green iguana.
Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee