Chiapas: Armed Group from Chenalho Murders EZLN Member

@ISABEL MATEOS /CUARTOSCURO.COM

Domingo Santiz Jimenez was ambushed by members of the armed group that operates in Santa Martha, Chenalho when he was returning from San Andres Larrainzar, with his family and with other members of the support base communities of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN).

The armed group fired from the border with the Xuxch’en community, a town in the Aldama municipality where Domingo is from. The inhabitants of this community have faced harassment for years from the inhabitants of Santa Martha to deprive them of 60 hectares of land. The use of firearms and  shootings at the Aldama communities has intensified since last August.

On the night of September 15th when Domingo and his family, who were aboard a truck, were returning to his town, “they waited for the fire of the intense attack to cease and they stayed by the Tabac Aldama bridge. A shot hit the truck, the compañero threw himself to the side but the river was high and dragged him away”, his companions reported. They had to wait for the shooting to stop and for daylight to help search for Domingo’s body. They found him hours later, on a river bank. He had a heavy caliber weapon shot to the face.

During the transfer of the body to the home of Domingo Xuxch’en, with the accompaniment of the National Guard and state police, there were again attacks with firearms, explained the municipal president of Aldama, Adolfo Victorio Lopez Gomez. The shooting continued throughout the afternoon, even when Domingo’s body was still being waked, the armed groups of Santa Martha, Chenalho, continued firing at his town.

For more information in Spanish:

Grupo armado de Chenalhó asesina a integrante del EZLN (Aristegui Noticias, 17 de septiembre de 2021)

Grupo armado de Chenalhó asesina a integrante del EZLN (Chiapas Paralelo, 17 de septiembre de 2021)

Asesinan a elemento del EZLN en Chiapas (El Universal, 17 de septiembre de 2021)

Grupo armado de Chenalhó asesina a base de apoyo zapatista (EDUCA, 17 de septiembre de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Santa Martha Authorities, Chenalho, Accept Government Solution to Agrarian Conflict with Conditions (October 19, 2020)

Chiapas: Video Released of Armed Group in Chenalho after Shootout between Santa Martha and Aldama (August 24, 2020)

Chiapas: Fresh Armed Attacks in Aldama (August 21, 2020)

Chiapas: Authorities in Santa Martha and Aldama Denounce New Attacks (March 5, 2020)

Chiapas: Second Suspected Leader of Armed Gang in Santa Martha, Chenalho Arrested (October 14, 2019)

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