On 5 May in Venustiano Carranza, there were seen confrontations between members of the campesino organizations Casa del Pueblo and the Emiliano Zapata Campesino Organization-Chiapas (OCEZ-Chiapas), resulting in several injured and two dead. According to information provided by the diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the confrontation began during the early morning of Sunday 5 May, when masked persons entered into different residences firing guns and burning homes. In their respective communiques, both groups blamed the opposing organization for having initiated the conflict. During the course of the happenings, which engulfed nearly the entire urban zone of Venustiano Carranza with the exception of two neighborhoods, two persons died and several more were injured. For its part, the OCEZ-Carranza Region (OCEZ-RC) distanced itself from the events.
Following the confrontations, the state government indicated that it all had to do with an agrarian conflict, and for this reason it did not consider itself competent to attempt resolution of the problem. Regardless, on 7 May, toward the end of seeking a solution to the conflict Noé Castañón, General Secretary for Governance, Raciel López Salazar, state Attorney General, and Jorge Luis Llaven Abarca, head of the Secretary for Public Security and Citizens’ Protection, visited the area to try to find a solution to the conflict, in accordance with media reports. It was proposed that families belonging to OCEZ-Chiapas, which presently find themselves outside the offices of Citizens’ Protection, that they be relocated to the Berriozabal municipality, a proposal they rejected. The same journalistic source indicated that a military check-point had been established at the entrance of a community of the municipality, with several fly-overs reported.
For more information (in Spanish):
Proceso: Enfrentamientos entre pobladores dejan tres muertos en Chiapas (05/05/2013)
Proceso: Pasividad del gobierno de Manuel Velasco causa violencia en Chiapas: ONG (06/05/2013)
Proceso: Campesinos de Chiapas temen más agresiones de supuestos paramilitares (08/05/2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: new public denunciation from the Candelaria El Alto community (16 January 2012)
Chiapas: confrontation in Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza (28 September 2011)