Despite election promises to remove the Armed Forces from the streets and from roles in public security and the fight against organized crime, this term of office of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has witnessed continued militarization. In his ongoing love affair with the military, AMLO has given control of railways, ports and airports to the Armed Forces.
The assembly of the Women’s Movement for the Defense of Mother Earth and Our Territories reaffirmed its decision to articulate peoples, networks, collectives of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, the National Indigenous Congress and the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle against the imposition of megaprojects, violence, drug trafficking, prostitution and alcoholism.
Almost three decades later, the municipalities are today once again in the throes of violence, but now with the aggravating factor of the presence of organized crime as new actors. For two decades now, criminal violence has entered the state and progressively taken over the municipalities. Its presence as a political actor in the territories has complicated the performance of electoral processes and public administration, but also undermines the autonomy of indigenous peoples, day by day penetrating deeper.
However, he left a seed of hope, commitment, action and struggle through peaceful means…On July 5, one year after his murder, members of different parishes of the Diocese of San Cristobal and Las Abejas de Acteal held public demonstrations to vindicate the struggle for life and justice through peaceful means.
As the situation in Pantelhó becomes increasingly unclear, the State has issued a warrant for the arrest of Father Marcelo Perez Perez, who has long accompanied the communities in their struggle against organized crime. With this development, solidarity and human rights organizations express their concern for his life and well being.