Since approximately 2021, the border of Chiapas with Guatemala has been plagued by an unacknowledged armed conflict based on the territorial dispute between organized crime structures for the control of goods, services, people, legal and illegal products, as well as the very lives of the local population. As the violence escalates, authorities and military personnel are, at best negligent, and in some cases, colluding with the crime groups in conflict.
“In his popular song Periódico de ayer, Héctor Lavoe narrated the story of a love that had similarities with a newspaper article of the previous day: Sensational when it came out at dawn // By noon already established news // And in the afternoon forgotten matter. In addition to the speed of the news, there is the “presentism” into which we as societies have settled and the noise with which certain information is hidden. Unfortunately, violence in our country is not yesterday’s news, it is a present reality that requires us to discuss it as one of the great national problems and to look for real solutions.”
This article is the first in Avispa Midia’s series, Chiapas: Disappearing on the Southern Border of Mexico.
It describes the context of the violence between the drug cartels as it has devolved over the past two years and the lives of thousands of residents that are being affected. We will be translating the whole series as they are published.