What caused the confrontation between Chiapas residents and the Army?

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Residents of an ejido in the municipality of Chicomuselo, Chiapas, clashed with elements of the Mexican Army and the National Guard after law enforcement came to review reports of clashes between members of the Sinaloa Cartel (CDS) and the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG).

Reports of these armed conflicts occurred since last January 8, when it emerged that seven hours of shootings left 20 people dead, including two civilians. The residents accused at the time that the structure of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho, leader of the CJNG, would have control of the municipal seat after his hitmen placed checkpoints and They would leave pickup trucks crossed on the road.

These were the reasons why the inhabitants of New America did not allow the armed forces to enter. They pointed out that neither the Army nor the National and State Guard were fulfilling their function of guaranteeing peace and tranquility for the population.

Another shooting was reported on Monday, January 15. Therefore, elements of the Mexican Army tried to enter the municipality this Tuesday; However, barbed wires placed by the residents prevented their passage. The inhabitants assured that these barricades were to prevent the entry of criminal groups.

In the videos shared on social networks, protesters can be heard trying to reassure the soldier to be able to talk and give his reasons for the blockade, but it did not happen. The situation became tense until a confrontation broke out with sticks, stones and tear gas that the federal forces threw at the residents.

According to the magazine Proceso, the events occurred on the morning of this Tuesday, January 16, and the soldiers were identified as members of the 101st Infantry Battalion of the Sedena and the National Guard.

Meanwhile, the Civil Society of the Town of Chicomuselo reported in a statement that several communities They were fleeing that municipality before the entry of the armed forces. They pointed out that hundreds of families from the communities of Nueva América, Corona del Rosal and Benito Juárez in the municipality of Chicomusuelo; Chejel and Puerto Rico from the municipality of Socoltenango; as well as residents of Nuevo Resplandor in the municipality of Concordia, are fleeing before the entry of federal forces.

The residents questioned the federal forces for They do not protect the places where the drug cartels are located and free the roads that have been blocked for two years. However, “they enter the communities where people are organized to take care of their ejidos.”

The entity is going through a crisis of violence and confrontations between the Sinaloa Cartel and CJNG who are disputing the territory. The Civil Society of the Town of Chicomuselo called on the international community to turn its gaze to the suffering people, not only due to the violence of organized crime, now due to the attack of the armed forces who “They are violating civil society that has decided to protect their towns due to the growing violence and clashes between cartels.”

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