On Sunday 26 May, in the Teopisca municipality, the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) arrested five persons supposedly involved in the violence acts which occurred on 5 May in the Venustiano Carranza municipality. Beyond the five arrested, seven more were processed for the crimes of attacks on the peace and the corporeal and patrimonial integrity of the collectivity and state. With this, there is a total of 12 campesinos who have been arrested over the internal power dispute between OCEZ-Chiapas and the Emiliano Zapata Campesino Organization-Casa del Pueblo (OCEZ-CP).
Speaking on the arrest of the five suspects, the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) reported that amidst “citizens’ protest” units of the Special Police and the Secretary for Public Security and Citizens’ Protection would displace the barricades that members of OCEZ-CP had reinstalled in different neighborhoods of Venustiano Carranza.
In other news, on 23 May, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) published a communique mentioning that “there have been seen overflights by helicopters all day, and at this time there is the presence of military and police units, suggesting that they have reinvaded the municipality of Venustiano Carranza. This situation has alerted the populated and created a climate of tension that could escalate conflictivity in the region, given that the presence of the military and police makes difficult modes of dialogue to resolve differences and conflicts.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Arrestan a 5 por violencia en municipio de Chiapas (El Universal, 27 de mayo de 2013)
Arrestan a otros 5 integrantes de la OCEZ CP; suman doce (La Jornada, 27 de mayo de 2013)
Boletín 22 de mayo OCEZ-Chiapas (22 de mayo de 2013)
Presencia de militares y policías en la cabecera municipal de Venustiano Carranza (CDHFBC, 23 de mayo de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: new public denunciation from the Candelaria El Alto community (16 January 2012)
Chiapas: confrontation in Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza (28 September 2011)