Marichuy in Oventik, Chiapas @ SIPAZ
On January 21st, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI in its Spanish acronym) denounced that the caravan of the independent candidate, Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez, Marichuy, was attacked in the Tierra Caliente region while traveling to the coastal municipality of Aquila, Michoacan.
The CNI said that the caravan was attacked on a stretch between the roads of Buenavista and Tepalcatepec: “heavily armed individuals in two vans stopped, threatened and took cell phones and photographic equipment from journalists accompanying the route.”
After the attack, the CNI demanded “security guarantees for the caravan and our spokesperson. We ask that you be alert for the safety of our colleagues.”
The State Government, through the Ministry of Public Security (SSP in its Spanish acronym) reported on Twitter that, “there was no armed attack on the caravan of the independent pre-candidate to the Presidency of the Republic, Marichuy.” According to El Heraldo, the authorities “handle the report of robbery of journalists who went to cover the activities of the pre-candidate, of which there has been no formal complaint; The Investigation Folder was opened based on the public complaint until tonight.”
It should be remembered that the region where the attack took place is one of the most violent in Michoacán, where criminal gangs have had a strong presence for decades. There, the Michoacan Family, the Knights Templar, Los Viagras, H3 gained strength and therefore self-defense processes emerged five years ago. Today the territory is disputed between the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel and the aforementioned gangs, according to information from Proceso.
For more information in Spanish:
Denuncian asalto a caravana de Marichuy en Michoacán (El Financiero, 21 de enero de 2018)
Grupo armado ataca a caravana de “Marichuy” en Michoacán (Proceso, 21 de enero de 2018)
Gobierno del estado de Michoacán desmiente ataque a caravana de Marichuy (El Heraldo de Chihuahua, 22 de enero de 2018)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Nacional: Marichuy critica trampas del INE a su candidatura (26 de octubre de 2018)
Nacional: Marychuy se registra como candidata independiente a la Presidencia de la República (18 de octubre de 2017)