Chiapas: Rise in threats against the priest and members of the Believing People in Simojovel

Peregrinación del Pueblo Creyente de Simojovel a Tuxtla Gutiérrez (@SIPAZ)

Pilgrimage of the Believing People of Simojovel to Tuxtla Gutiérrez (@SIPAZ)

In a communique released on April 13 by the Believing People of Simojovel, the movement’s members denounce an increase in the threats, persecutions, and harassment against their priest, Marcelo Pérez, as well as against members of the Parish Council and the Believing People from this municipality.  These acts were exacerbated by a mass-march held from March 23 to 26, which ended with the participation of thousands in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the state-capital of Chiapas.  Providing a larger historical account, the Believing People reviewed the latest incidents, including the fact that a million-peso bounty has been placed on Marcelo, in addition to the presence of armed groups near the location where the Parish Council carries out its activities, the threat to “do as in Acteal,” as well as the arbitrary arrest of the catechist who read the press-release before the start of the pilgrimage.

Despite all of this, the Believing People reiterated that they will “continue to fight peacefully for the dignified life of the people, amidst so many injustices, the corruption of the authorities, drug-trafficking, drug-politicians who ambitiously seek to obtain government posts this year–amidst the arms trade, the opening of new bars, and the general decomposition of the social fabric.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Tras peregrinación, incrementan amenazas contra Padre Marcelo y Pueblo Creyente de Simojovel (Chiapas Paralelo, 15 de abril de 2015)

Continúan amenazas a la vida del sacerdote Marcelo Pérez e integrantes del Pueblo Creyente y Consejo Parroquial de Simojovel(Comunicado de la parroquia de Simojovel, 13 de abril de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: OMCT and FIDH urge protection of Simojovel priest (23 April 2015)

Chiapas: New threats against members of the Believing People in Simojovel after their fifth pilgrimage demanding security and peace (12 November 2014)

Chiapas: Urgent Action concerning threats to Marcelo Pérez, priest of Simojovel (28 June 2014)

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