Cruzton community demands investigation into the murder of Rodrigo Guadalupe Huet Gomez Photo: @Chiapas Denuncia Publica
In a statement published on June 1st, residents of the Cruzton community in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza demanded justice in the case of the murder on May 22nd of Rodrigo Guadalupe Huet Gomez, an adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, in that community.
They indicated that on that same day, several adherents were ambushed by “a heavily armed group with high-caliber weapons from New Guadalupe Victoria [that] began a shootout that lasted four and a half hours, we had to take refuge between the trees, and stones to protect our lives” (sic).
As soon as the shootout subsided, Rodrigo Guadalupe got up to “observe and received a shot to the left side of his head our compañero managed to say they hit me I need help” (sic). An ambulance was called from Venustiano Carranza, and this was stopped in Colonia Guadalupe Victoria. They then called an ambulance from Teopisca, which was accompanied by a civil defense van, but “both units were stopped approximately 100 meters from our compañero Rodrigo Guadalupe Huet Gomez.” They were intercepted “by three heavily armed individuals and around these people there were more armed individuals in firing position” (sic). Rodrigo Guadalupe died in the meantime.
Regarding the event, the community of Cruzton demanded that they investigate and punish responsible material and intellectual authors responsible for these of these facts, as well as the disarmament of the identified group so that threats and harassment cease. “That the group that ambushed us be disarmed to end the threats and harassment in our community.”
For more information in Spanish:
Comunidad Cruztón exige se investigue asesinato de Rodrigo Guadalupe Huet Gómez (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, a 2 de junio de 2017)
CNDH pide a Chiapas medidas cautelares para familia de activista (La Jornada, 27 de mayo de 2017) ONU-DH condena los asesinatos de activistas en Jalisco y Chiapas (ONU-DH, 23 de mayo de 2017)
For more information from SIPAZ: