Mexicans march against violence by criminal groups in Chiapas | News

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Around 10,000 people from the municipality of Siltepec, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, mobilized to stage a demonstration against the violence and insecurity caused by the interaction of criminal groups, as well as to denounce the abandonment of state and federal authorities.


Guatemala deploys 2,000 soldiers on its border with Mexico

The protesters, coming from 45 communities in the municipality located in the Sierra Madre of Chiapas, almost on the border with Guatemala, marched through the main streets to demand security from the rulers against the violence of the cartels that have been terrorizing the region for weeks.

According to those attending the rally, armed men move daily along the paths and roads that surround and cross their communities, causing shootings, kidnappings and extrajudicial executions, such as those that occurred on September 22 when four men were executed by unknown persons. .

Violence between criminal groups broke out almost three weeks ago and residents of border municipalities have shared audios through social networks, denouncing that the blockades are imposed by alleged members of the "El Maíz" organization, who continue to operate and keep them under siege. and immobilized.

It was also revealed that the Army forces have not been able to enter the most conflictive areas, since the residents of at least seven municipalities in the Sierra placed barricades to block the government forces who ended up dispersing them with tear gas to take control of the community.

According to Human Rights organizations, for more than two years Chiapas has suffered a constant exodus of its residents who are forced to abandon their lands due to violence. Municipalities such as Frontera Comalapa, Motozintla, La Trinitaria and Chicomuselo present higher reports of forced displacement.

Tension has increased since last September 22, when food shortages, power outages, suspension of activities in banking institutions, the federal and state governments, as well as the suspension of classes for more than 5,000 students and 2,000 teachers of different educational levels.

Through amateur videos that the residents themselves spread on social networks, the march of women, young men and children can be seen carrying banners that read: “Out with the posters!”, “Hugs, not bullets,” “We want peace in Siltepec.” !” and “Justice, justice!”

The demonstration also aimed to demand from the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador a new security strategy before his government period ends in September 2024. “The abandonment of the authorities is not bearable, it is unforgivable,” they said.

To alleviate the situation, neighboring Guatemala decided to deploy some 2,000 soldiers to reinforce the border strip and in turn protect Guatemalan citizens from this dispute between Mexican cartels.

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