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Chiapas: Believing People of Chenalhó pronounces itself in favor of the closure of cantinas in the municipality

Chenalhó church (@Koman Ilel)

In a communique published on 23 June, Catholics from the Chenalhó parish who make up part of the Believing People pronounced themselves in favor of the closure of cantinas and alcohol dispensaries in their municipality. 279 more words

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Chiapas: Believing People of El Bosque march for a halt to violence in their region

On June 6, around 2,500 members of the Believing People of El Bosque peregrinated to demand attention to the problems experienced in the region such as violence, corruption, drug trafficking, lack of basic services such as access to health and water potable. 267 more words

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Chiapas: OMCT and FIDH urge protection of Simojovel priest

Padre Marcelo Pérez, priest from Simojovel (@SIPAZ)

In an Urgent Action published on 2 April, the Observatory for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders, comprised in part by the World Organization against Torture (OMCT) and the International Human Rights Federation (FIDH), called on the Mexican State to guarantee the security and physical and psychological integrity of the priest Marcelo Pérez Pérez, priest from the Simojovel municipality, who… 199 more words

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Chiapas: Pilgrimage of the Believing People ends in Tuxtla Gutiérrez after a four-day journey

Pilgrimage of the Believing People (@SIPAZ)

On 26 March, the pilgrimage held by the Believing People ended, having begun in Simojovel four days prior.   328 more words

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Chiapas: New threats against members of the Believing People in Simojovel after their fifth pilgrimage demanding security and peace

Pilgrimage in Simojovel, October 2014 (@Koman Ilel)

In a communique published on 29 October, members of the Believing People from the parish of San Antonio de Padua in Simojovel denounced that after the pilgrimage they held on 18 October to demand greater security in the region, they repeatedly warned with death-threats and threats of kidnapping on the part of the authorities and arms- and drug-traffickers who operate in the city.  242 more words

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Chiapas: Believing People organize fourth pilgrimage in Simojovel

Photo (@Chiapas Denuncia Pública)

On Saturday 12 July, the Believing People of Simojovel carried out a fourth “Pilgrimage for peace.”  Thousands of persons marched to highlight the increase in violence in the municipality due to alcoholism, drug-trafficking, prostitution, and arms trading, and to denounce the death-threats received by the priest Marcelo Pérez and other members of the Council of Parishes of San Antonio de Padua.   275 more words

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