Organized Crime

Why Chiapas is different

Hermann Bellinghausen discusses why Chiapas, despite the official AMLO discourse to the contrary, is suffering a worse plight than the statistics would suggest…

For those who know the state well, well, what does that say about Mexico?

Narcos Are Fifth Biggest Employer in Mexico

”If cartel recruitment were halved, in 2027 their size would be 11% smaller. “Mathematically, therefore, a preventive strategy is much more successful than a traditional reactive strategy”, explained Prieto. This positive vision is counterbalanced by a much worse one. If the cartels continue at the same rate of recruitment and violence, in 2027 there could be 40% more deaths and the organizations would grow by 26%.”

Women defenders of Mother Earth denounce that “organized crime has increased uncontrollably.”

“Gathered around a traditional altar of the Cho’l people, in the Palenque region, in the state of Chiapas, women from different latitudes gathered to share the contexts of our communities and territories. We met again with joy, sharing tenderness and hope, in spite of the bleak panorama we are currently experiencing….”

Schools for Chiapas is honored to contribute to this gathering of women defenders of community and territory.

Chiapas: New Blood, Old Wars

Carlos Santos Cid provides an analysis of the current context in Chiapas which includes the increasing presence of organized crime, the process of remilitarization, and the links between these and megaprojects, such as the Mayan Train. He examines the historical background since the Zapatista uprising and the counterinsurgency low-scale war using paramilitaries. He pulls these threads together and gives some hope as to a way forward. ”We believe that the strongest option is from below: communities have the possibility through peaceful alternatives to shield themselves, understanding that this war for control is not only an armed one, it is also cultural. We must rebuild and strengthen the social fabric.”

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