Chiapas Mayor and a City Hall Worker Killed, 3 Others Dead in Chamula
The site of the shootings. | Photo: EFE
The Indigenous town of San Juan Chamula broke out in protest on Saturday over the intentional withholding of funds for public works.
The mayor of San Juan Chamula and a city hall worker were killed, along with three others, in clashes on Saturday at a protest about irregularities in funds in Chiapas, a southern state of Mexico.
A group of residents converged in the central square to speak to municipal authorities on Saturday morning, according to the Chiapas attorney general. Twelve people were also injured.
“Protesters shared various complaints, when some individuals fired their arms, wounding the mayor,” said the statement.
The city hall worker, Narciso Hernandez, had taken office in 2015, according to local media. One other municipal employee, a chauffeur and a neighbour were also killed.
The mayor, Domingo Lopez Gonzalez, had come under pressure for refusing to pay for public infrastructure and artisan crafts with municipal funds, according to testimony. He had reportedly only given half to the community.
Public funds in the Indigenous town usually go through municipal authorities, in cash, rather than directly to their appropriate departments.
The Special Prosecutor for Indigenous Justice initiated an investigation to determine whether there were other victims, as well as to find and detain those responsible.
Lopez Gonzalez used to campaign with the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, but was elected as a candidate with the PRI-aligned Ecologist Green Party. Chamula had been PRI-controlled for 80 years until Lopez Gonzalez assumed office in October.
Chiapas was the site of another deadly encounter on Wednesday, when masked members of the Green Ecology Party fired at striking CNTE teachers and killed at least one protester at the San Cristobal-Tuxtla Gutierrez highway, which is near Chamula.
Posted on 24/07/16 by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity