Chiapas: Inauguration of the International Film Festival amidst protests

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Photo @Ivett Salgado (Milenio)

On 16 January, the first installment of the International Film Festival was launched in San Cristóbal de las Casas, amidst popular protest calling on authorities to remember the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa.  When the organizers of the festival and the state governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Coello, came on stage to inaugurate the festival, the protest-cries began: “Alive you took them, alive we want them back!”  These slogans were repeated time and again within the Ciudad Hermanos Domínguez theater, located in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.  In response to the action, the secretary for tourism took the microphone in an attempt to drown out the cries and began to list the supposed advances brought by the Velasco Coello administration in a loud voice, concluding his speech with the message that at this first installment of the festival, “all voices are welcome.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Arranca el FIC de San Cristóbal en medio de protestas (Milenio, 17 de enero de 2015)

Inicia Festival Internacional de Cine de San Cristóbal de las Casas (Radio Formula, 17 de enero de 2015)

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