Group Accused of Links to Crime Attempts to Take Back Pantelhó, Chiapas

Last week, Pantelhó was shuttered as organized crime group returned to the municipal seat claiming its motives of “protecting” the population from Los Machetes, a local self-defense group that emerged two years ago.

Fearing an onslaught of violence, residents gather en masse to demand that government authorities intervene to protect them.

Municipal Councils in Chiapas: Between Pacification of Municipalities and Intervention in Autonomous Processes

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.

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