Chiapas: Violent Demonstrations and Damage in San Andres Larrainzar during Alleged Sanitation

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On June 27th, residents of the municipality of San Andres Larrainzar caused damage to vehicles, including two patrol cars and an ambulance; two houses of municipal authorities, as well as the Health Center, according to the prosecutor Jorge Llaven Abarca. According to the investigation, at 20:00 hours on that day, elements of the Municipal Police “carried out routine patrols in the Guadalupe neighborhood of the municipality when inhabitants assumed that they had formed to sanitize the surroundings, holding and then releasing them.”

Some sources indicate that the residents’ annoyance was because there had been no consultation with the community authorities to carry out the alleged sanitation. However, it is not the first time that disinformation has provoked violent demonstrations in Chiapas, since several groups of people in different municipalities have opposed the carrying out of fumigations against dengue or disinfection because of COVID-19. “These groups believe that in these ways the government is intentionally spreading the disease”, the state Secretary of Health said.

On that note, the prosecutor also called on citizens, especially indigenous communities, “not to be fooled by false leaders who are calling on the population to commit criminal acts” and reported that the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE), through the Indigenous Justice Prosecutor’s Office, opened an investigation for vandalism and guaranteed that the people who are calling this type of demonstrations would be investigated so that these events do not go unpunished and do not continue to be repeated.

For more information in Spanish:

Inicia FGE carpeta de investigación por actos vandálicos en Larráinzar: Llaven Abarca (Fiscalía General del Estado, 27 de junio 2020)

Investiga FGE actos vandálicos en Larráinzar (Fiscalía General del Estado, 27 de junio 2020)

Vandalizan hospital y queman casas en Chiapas tras oponerse a fumigación (ADN40, 28 de junio 2020)

Vandalizan San Andrés Larráinzar por falsos avisos sobre sanitización (El Sol de México, 28 de junio 2020)

CEDH y CNDH reprueba discurso violento del secretario de salud (NVI Noticias, 28 de junio 2020)

Vandalizan casas en San Andrés Larrainzar, Chiapas, en protesta por desinfección (27 de junio 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Health System in Chiapas Collapsed Due to Coronavirus (June 23, 2020)

Chiapas: Misinformation about COVID-19 Leads to Attacks on Hospitals and Staff (June 13, 2020)

Chiapas: por rumores por sanitización ante coronavirus, queman alcaldía y casas en Venustiano Carranza (29/05/2020)

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