Since the Zapatista uprising on January 1st 1994, the state of Chiapas has experienced various iterations of the poorly-named low-intensity warfare, or counter-insurgency, that combines anti-zapatista paramilitary violence (tinyurl.com/fzwdfpdb) with different political and social measures, including media blackouts, public assistance programs, and the instrumentalization of social organizations and political parties, all with the purpose of isolation and containment of the rebels.
R. Aida Hernández Castilllo links the deaths of two defenders of people and territory with a “pedagogy of terror ” and a “culture of death” allowed and perpetuated by the state.
Luis Hernández Navarro
Simón Pedro Pérez López was executed in the market of Simojovel, Chiapas. The crime was the work of a professional. From a moving motorcycle, a hired hitman shot him in the head. That July 5, his son watched helplessly as his father bled to death on the ground until his last breath was gone.