In Chiapas, Santa Martha attacks Aldama again over “agrarian conflict”

Women and children displaced from their homes in the municipality of Aldama, Chiapas.

By: Elio Henríquez

San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas

The mayor of Aldama, Adolfo López Gómez, denounced that yesterday the residents of the neighboring Santa Martha ejido, belonging to Chenalhó municipality, fired up to five high-caliber weapons against four towns in his municipality.

“At least five reports of aggressions from different points in Santa Martha (Tijera Caridad, Chuchte, K’ante and Ladrillos) have been received as of this morning,” with no information on injuries, he added.

In a telephone message he specified that the attacks were directed at the towns of Chivit, Yetón, Stzelejpotobtic and the municipal capital, which is the town of Aldama.

López Gómez added that Santa Martha residents also attacked the Juxtón community on Monday shooting firearms from the point known as Centro Santa Martha.

The mayor recalled that three months after the signing of the agreement to put an end to the agrarian conflict between Aldama and the Santa Martha ejido, little progress has been made in the administrative part to finish with the territorial demarcation.

He commented that it is expected that once the delimiting of surfaces is concluded, it will put an end to the conflict between the two Tzotzil towns in the Chiapas Highlands.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee


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