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Fray Tomás González Castillo, director of the migrant home “La 72,” denounced that on 10 March a truck belonging to the National Institute on Migration (INM) from the Tenosique delegation stopped before several migrant persons. “They took them into the vehicle and transferred them to a place very close to the jungle. There, they released two persons, threatened them, took the only money they had (2700 pesos), threatened them once again, tortured them psychologically, and finally released them,” as the public denunciation notes.
He added that “this description is of a kidnapping comparable with the kidnappings carried out by organized crime in the zone, given that they deprive migrants of their liberty, take them to the jungle, extort them, torture them verbally, psychologically, and physically, and finally charge them for letting them go.”
It should be noted that two months prior, the federal police “arrested, beat, and threatened two migrants staying in ‘La 72’ with death.” It should also be stressed that “La 72” is a beneficiary of the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights-Defenders and Journalists, in addition to precautionary measures awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
For more information (in Spanish):
Agentes del INM en Tenosique, secuestran migrantes (Frontera Sur, 24 de marzo de 2014)
También INM secuestra migrantes: La 72 (Noticias sin Fronteras, 25 de marzo de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)