Chiapas Support Committee

Category: Self-defense


Narco-governments and organized crime add to the repression in Chiapas

Above: Presentation of the El Machete Self-Defense group, in Pantelhó, Chiapas, last July – Photo: Image taken from YouTube This is the second of two articles from Hermann Bellinghausen that gives an overview and analysis of the current situation in…

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Comandante Machete: That the government recognizes our elected authorities and not Trujillo Morales!

The El Machete Self-Defense group asks the government to recognize its authorities and not Raquel Trujillo Morales Photo: Isaín Mandujano By: Isaín Mandujano The El Machete Self-Defense group warned today that if “anything happens to” any of the three councilors…

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Altamirano residents resort to armed self-defense to shake off the caciques

Above Photo is a screen shot taken from the armed self-defense group’s video. By: Angeles Mariscal In Altamirano, the municipality located in the jungle zone of Chiapas, the Kanter family has governed since 2002. The men of the family and…

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A Community Guard emerges in Simojovel

They threaten to “act” if the local government fails to comply with respect for indigenous rights and 7 demands By: Elio Henríquez San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas Yesterday, a self-defense group called the Armed Force of Simojovel [1] publicly…

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A second armed group emerges in Chiapas, to support El Machete

Photo: People of the Jungle, an armed group in Chiapas, emerges in support of El Machete (Screen Shot) The new armed group is called Gente de la Selva (People of the Jungle) and emerged in support of the El Machete…

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They won’t let the PRD mayor govern, Pantelhó self-defense forces warn

Above Photo: El Machete Self-Defense Forces of Pantelhó By: Elio Henríquez San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas After PRD member Raquel Trujillo Morales supposedly took the oath of office as mayor of Pantelhó secretly in a Tuxtla Gutiérrez hotel, the…

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Exodus from Pantelhó due to political tension

Above photo: El Machete Self-Defense Forces of the People By: Elio Henríquez San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) reported that at least 90 indigenous people from the communities of Nuevo…

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They elect new Pantelhó council; current 3-year term will end

By: Elio Henríquez San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas In an assembly this Monday (August 9) inhabitants of the 86 indigenous communities and 18 barrios (neighborhoods) in Pantelhó elected members of a municipal council that will relieve the municipal council…

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The mayor of Pantelhó resigns, accused of links to criminal groups

By: Ángeles Mariscal Delia Janeth Velasco Flores, municipal president of Pantelhó, resigned her office amid protests from the population of that municipality, who accuse her and her husband, Raquel Trujillo Morales, the municipal president-elect, of co-participating in criminal groups linked…

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Propose an election through uses and customs in Pantelhó

By: Elio Henríquez Pantelhó, Chiapas Representatives of the 86 indigenous communities and 18 barrios (neighborhoods) in Pantelhó affirmed that during the first dialogue table with state and federal officials held this Tuesday they warned that: in that locality “the bad…

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