In an Urgent Action published on October 22nd, the Dublin, Ireland-based organization Front Line Defenders urged the Mexican government to immediately release and drop charges against defenders Jose Luis Gutierrez and Cesar Hernandez, of San Jeronimo Bachajon, in Chilon, Chiapas. Both were arbitrarily arrested, they recalled, on October 15th “during a violent police operation to dislodge a peaceful mobilization at the Temo crossroads, in the municipality of Chilon”, which was organized to speak out against the installation of a National Guard police barracks in said municipality.
Frontline Defenders also pointed out that a video published by independent media shows the excessive and unjustified use of force as well as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment during the time of the arbitrary arrest of both defenders.
Front Line Defenders expressed serious concern over the events and considered that “these attacks and arrests are part of a broad strategy of intimidation and violence against defenders of the territory and human rights of indigenous communities.”
For more information in Spanish:
Detención arbitraria y agresiones físicas en contra de defensores indígenas(Frontline Defenders, 22 de octubre de 2020)
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