Chiapas concerns over murder of indigenous leader

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A confrontation between authorities and normalistas in Chiapas left a police officer with serious injuries. The incident occurred after 10:00 in the morning when the victim hid from armed individuals in a vulcanizer located in Colonia Primero de Enero. However, he was hit and the criminals opened fire on him before fleeing in an unknown direction. Witnesses immediately reported to the emergency services, who arrived at the scene a few minutes later, but the victim no longer had vital signs.

Around 10:30 in the morning, the leader of the comach Martin Palé Santiz was shot dead in a vulcanizer located on the Salomón González Blanco road. Despite the fact that elements of the municipal police cordoned off the area while personnel from the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) carried out the procedures to remove the body, around 250 people showed up, including fifty men on motorcycles, as well as family members, which caused chaos.

The execution set off alarms in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, due to the possibility that sympathizers and followers of the Comach would unleash a series of mobilizations throughout the city, including members of the so-called “Motonetos Gangs”. The body was later transferred to the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo) for the legal autopsy. The tension is palpable in the community, and streets, businesses, and homes have been closed due to fear of riots, so the authorities remain on alert and continue to actively patrol the northern area.

Martín Palé Santiz is remembered for being at the forefront of the invasion of an irregular property in the neighborhood of Tlaxcala, in the northern area of ​​Pueblo Mágico, which is property of the federal government. In addition, in February 2019, he was arrested by FGE agents and declared prisoner in January 2022, but he was released after a strong mobilization of “Motonetos Gangs” that demanded his freedom and generated chaos throughout the city. This crime marks the second murder of an indigenous leader in the region in 2023, the first being the artisan leader Jerónimo “N”, which occurred on April 17.

In other news, a businessman identified as Juan “N” was the victim of an armed attack on the night of December 8 in the western area of ​​San Cristóbal de las Casas. Preliminary versions indicate that two individuals approached Juan’s vehicle before the attack occurred, but it has not been confirmed whether the motive was an attempted robbery. The victim was shot and admitted to a private hospital in the town, where he died hours later. No arrests have been reported in relation to the incident, and the exact circumstances behind the attack are still unknown. The public security authorities and the prosecutor’s office have not offered official statements about the event so far.

It is worth mentioning that San Cristóbal de las Casas is a city that usually experiences low rates of violence, which aggravates the impact of the attack on local public opinion. The incident has caused concern among residents and authorities, who are working to ensure the safety of the community. The situation is being closely monitored, and efforts are being made to prevent further violence in the area.

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