Chiapas: Parole for 17 Mactumatza Student Teachers

On June 2nd, a state judge ordered the release of 17 student teachers and two displaced persons from the Puebla Ejido, Chenalho municipality, who were detained along with 74 women from the Mactumatza Normal Rural School on May 18th in a protest at the toll booth of the Chiapa de Corzo-San Cristobal de Las Casas Highway. They demanded, among other things, that the entrance exam to normal schools be in person and not online, as a large percentage of students do not have access to the internet.

All of them will continue to be prosecuted for the charges of robbery with violence, damages, rioting, attacks against the peace, bodily and patrimonial integrity of the community and gang activity. Likewise, a periodic signature was imposed on them as well as a restriction of activism in public spaces.

The release of the student teachers and displaced persons who accompanied them in protests to demand improvements in education occurred after their compañeros, students from other normal schools in the country, as well as teachers and social organizations, mobilized for two weeks to demand their release.

For more information in Spanish:

Dan libertad condicionada a 17 alumnos de Mactumatza (La Jornada, 3 de junio de 2021)

Normalistas de Mactumatzá detenidos quedan libres; proceso en su contra fue “raro” (Grupo Formula, 3 de junio de 2021)

Liberan a 17 normalistas y 2 indígenas desplazados, les prohíben realizar activismo político (Chiapas Paralelo, 2 de junio de 2021)

Liberan a 60 estudiantes de Mactumatzá, Chiapas, y Teteles, Puebla, pero seguirán con proceso (Animal Político, 2 de junio de 2021)

Chiapas. Juez ordena liberación de normalistas (El Universal, 2 de junio de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:


Chiapas: Government Represses and Attempts to Delegitimize Mactumactza Student Movement(June 3, 2021)

Chiapas: 17 Student Teachers and Two Displaced from Chenalho to Face Trial; Protests for Release Continue (May 28, 2021)

Chiapas: 74 Students from Mactumatza Normal Rural School Released (May 25, 2021)

Chiapas: 95 Student Teachers from Mactumactza Arrested, 20 Disappeared (May 20, 2021)

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