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ORCAO Paramilitaries Attack and Burn Zapatista School in Moisés y Gandhi

Above Photo reads: Stop the attacks on the Zapatista Peoples! Paramilitaries out of Chiapas! San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. November 21, 2021. To the Peoples of the World To the Indigenous Governing Council To the National Indigenous Congress To…

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State Racism and War Against the People in Chiapas

Above Photo: More than 3,000 residents of Aldama Municipality have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to paramilitary violence. By: Gilberto López y Rivas This past November 4th, the Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center (Frayba) published on their page…

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Amidst soldiers and cartels, academia examines the rising violence in the Southeast

Above Photo: Courtesy of Avispa Midia – With regard to the distribution of forces in national territory, the majority of General Coordination Units and personnel are found in the South and Southeast of the country. From: Editorial Staff: Yessica Morales…

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A Tseltal woman is the new mayor of Altamirano, Chiapas

The new mayor’s unlikely story began when a group of Altamirano residents started operating  mototaxis without permits. Drivers of the “pirate” mototaxis clashed with drivers of traditional taxis with permits; one group would set the other group’s taxi on fire…

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Residents: Paramilitaries attacked Aldama 203 times in October

Above Photo: Cuartoscuro | In a file image, families are given refuge in a carpentry workshop in Chivit community last June 18. By: Elio Henríquez San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas Residents of Aldama municipality affirmed that in October members…

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Communities, barrios and “Machetes” disavow the Pantelhó mayor in front of the government palace

The above banner reads: “Austroberto Herrera, Dayli De Los Santos and their hit men murdered all these people.” Photo: Isaín Mandujano By: Isaín Mandujano Raquel Trujillo Morales left Pantelhó after the irruption of the “Los Machetes” Self-Defense group. However, he…

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Armed “scooters” sow terror in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Above Photo: Screen Capture from video posted on Twitter – In the image, at the end of last September, in broad daylight, a group of motonetos (“scooters”) fired off gunshots in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. From the Editors…

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Chiapas and Organized Crime

Above Photo: Kiosk in the central square (zócalo), San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas By: Raúl Romero During the second half of Mexico’s 20th century, the entrepreneurs of organized crime gained a significant role in the country’s economy, in the…

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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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Social decomposition and overflowing violence hit Chiapas

Above: A self-defense group named El Machete irrupted in Pantelhó last July. Photo: Elio Henríquez Tobar This is the first of Hermann Bellinghausen’s two-part overview and analysis of the current situation in Chiapas that led Subcomandante Galeano to say that…

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