Hernández Navarro sketches the portrait of organized crime and the web it weaves with local governments and police forces — one that is currently at play in the struggle in Pantelhó, Chiapas.
Municipal agents from 69 of the 85 communities in Pantelhó, the presidents of four ejidal commissions, representatives of different religious denominations and 3,000 inhabitants, according to the promoters, demanded the resignation of the interim mayor, Delia Yaneth Flores Velasco, and of the mayor-elect, Raquel Trujillo Morales, both belonging to the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD).
Thousands of indigenous people of Pantelhó and Chenahó displaced by the violence continue seeking asylum. In their communities, the actions of organized crime are increasingly visible. Indigenous people that call themselves the “self-defense groups of the people tried to expel the criminal groups. The Armed forces arrived in the region.
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.
Individuals, collectives and organizations hold omissive and permissive governments accountable for the assassination of Simón Pedro Pérez López and the ongoing state of terror in the Altos of Chiapas.