The continuing influx of thousands of migrants and refugees continue to cross the southern Mexican border is being used as a pretext by the AMLO government to militarize the area despite election campaigns to the contrary. This article examines the historical background of this process, the current state of affairs and its devastating effects on local populations.
Silence has been imposed like a heavy stone for the residents of the municipality of Santiago El Pinar, in the heart of the southern state of Chiapas. One day after residents of the town, inhabited by Tzotzil Indians, arrested, tied up with wires, lynched and burned a 26 year old man in a bonfire, the authorities who have arrived in the area to investigate the crime have been met with absolute silence.
In the back seat of a luxury van, an African lion looks out the right window at the streets of San Juan Chamula. The driver of the vehicle listens to El Comando Suicida del Mayo, and shows the list of narcocorridos waiting to be played. The scene, which seems to be taken from a TV drama, is real. It is part of the emerging culture in this Tsotsil municipality, along with indigenous homemade pornography and the songs of Los Cárteles de San Juan…
Eight years have passed since the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa. There has been neither truth nor justice for the parents of the 43 in that time. In the following article, La Montaña Tlachinollan Human Rights Center gives its analysis of the latest report from the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE) and the current status of the investigation.
Original version at https://www.tlachinollan.org/el-giei-y-la-lucha-por-la-verdad/. Translated by Schools for Chiapas.