29 Soldiers “Trapped” in Aldama, Due to Paramilitary Fire

By: Elio Henríquez
Featured Photo by: Carlos Ogaz

Around 20 soldiers from the Base of Mixed Operations (BOM) had been trapped since 11 am on Friday in the community of Cocó, due to attacks from the paramilitary group in Santa Martha, Chenalhó municipality, Adolfo López Gómez, the mayor of Aldama, reported.

“They can’t move because the shots from firearms are going directly at them and they are strongly attacking the trucks that travel from Xuxchén to San Pedro Cotzilnam,” he added, while clarifying that no injuries have been reported.

He explained that at 2:12 pm yesterday (Friday, the 14th) “paramilitary groups from the Santa Martha sector positioned at the telesecundaria1, Tojtic and T’elemax are strongly attacking the BOM that made tours in Tabak and Cokó communities.”

He explained that in addition to attacking the trucks that were traveling from Cuxchén to San Pedro Cotzilnam, they shot at a tractor that was headed to the community of Xuxchen, which now “is stuck because of the bullets.”

López Gómez reported at 4 pm: “they’re shooting from Tijera Caridad, Templo and Chuchté, and are attacking the communities of Stzelejpotobtic and Juxton in Aldama.”

Just this past May 8, armed subjects from Santa Martha murdered Pedro Lunes Pérez, 24, a native of Cokó, Aldama, while the authorities of that municipality were holding a meeting at the City Hall.

Originally Published La Jornada on Saturday, May 15, 2021.
https://www.jornada.com.mx/2021/05/15/estados/026n1est
Re-Published by Schools for Chiapas with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee.

Footnotes

  1. Telesecundaria is a system of distance education programs for secondary and high school students created by the government of Mexico and available in rural areas of the country as well as Central America, South America, Canada and the United States via satellite