As yet another failure for constitutional reform on indigenous right passes to the Congress, the trifecta of criminalization, militarization and organized crime lays seige to indigenous peoples across the Mexican countryside.
As activists call for aid for the displaced from the Sierra region of Chiapas, clothes and food are being collected in Sendas in San Cristóbal, the cultural center which Schools for Chiapas forms part of.
The New Year started with at least 20 murders in Chicomuselo despite government claims that the area is calm. The ongoing battle between cartels for control of migrant routes is being used as an excuse for militarization of the state in the name of public safety.
Gripped by fear, residents of towns in southern Chiapas are abandoning their homes and fleeing their towns as they fall into the hands of organized crime groups, fighting for control of the region and migrant routes.
Despite numerous protections of indigenous peoples and recommendations from the UN to demilitarize indigenous territories, the process of militarization continues. In Mexico, it is often related to the implementation of megaprojects, such as the so-called Mayan Train.