The San Javier crossing, on the Palenque-Trinitaria highway, is a strategic point in the ancient Desierto de la Soledad (Desert of Solitude). It is the crossroads of the communities that make up the Lacandon community: Frontera Corozal, Lacanjá and Nueva Palestina, where Choles, Lacandones and Tseltales live. As part of their strategy to take over the territory, a command unit of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG) took control of the place and began to charge right of way. Every vehicle crossing must pay a fee. The police were stripped of their uniforms.
The coup d’état of September 11, 1973 against the government of Salvador Allende marked a profound turning point in recent history. The nation-states were totally remodeled by the ruling classes, neoliberalism was instituted, putting an end to the industrial process of import substitution, and the movements from below could no longer operate in the same way. Changes that need to be evaluated.
Approximately 3,000 residents of the community of Nueva Palestina, municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas, marched yesterday to demand the presence of security forces because members of organized crime, who are disputing the territory, are trying to charge small businesses with “derecho de piso” (extortion to continue operating).