Narco Violence and Indigenous Youth

By: R. Aída Hernández Castillo*  Last June 14, heavily armed indigenous youth took over the popular market of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, and maintained control of the northern zone of the city for more than three hours, stealing, burning vehicles and terrorizing the population, without the various security forces doing anything to stop them. The press and the social networks explain these actions as the confrontation between several criminal groups over control of the market, mentioning the Motonetos, the Vans and the San Juan Chamula cartel as some of the groups confronted in these fights over territorial control. …

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Dispute Over Control of Market Incites Panic in San Cristóbal

From the Editor’s Desk Several burned vehicles were left behind  following a confrontation between armed groups that sowed terror and panic for at least four hours, as they drove around the public road with their high-powered weapons without the security forces intervening, presumably due to the dispute over the administration of the market in the northern zone of San Cristóbal de la Casas, Chiapas. Police sources said that the hooded subjects, who carried long weapons and some bulletproof vests, according to images transmitted on social networks, blocked the road to Chamula  shortly before noon with heavy vehicles and the south …

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