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July 1, 2015

Believing People of Chenalhó pronounces itself in favour of the closure of cantinas in the municipality

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Believing People of Chenalhó pronounces itself in favour of the closure of cantinas in the municipality

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In a communique published on 23 June, Catholics from the Chenalhó parish who make up part of the Believing People pronounced themselves in favour of the closure of cantinas and alcohol dispensaries in their municipality. They stressed that “the consequences of the consumption of alcohol are disastrous, such as suicides, deaths, motor-vehicle accidents, and divorce.” There exist some 21 cantinas, three restaurants, and two grocery stores in the municipal seat.

The Catholics demanded that the agreement which previously had been organized by the 94 communities of the municipality be observed, as the owners of cantinas and alcohol dispensaries have not respected this. It must be recalled that on 13 June, an organized women’s group requested the authorities to produce a document that would demand the departure of those selling alcohol. In this way, “on 20 June, the judges went to see whether the alcohol-vendors respected the document, but they did not. Instead, they merely returned to selling.”

They claim as well that “if something bad happens, whether to the organized women, or to our priest or the believers of this parish, the immediately responsible parties will be the authorities of the Chenalhó municipality, the state government, and the federal government, and we will not remain silent, but rather we will denounce the situation before national and international civil society, and before Mexican and global human-rights defenders.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/chiapas-believing-people-of-chenalho-pronounces-itself-in-favor-of-the-closure-of-cantinas-in-the-municipality/

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