Displaced families will return to remember their dead daughters
Mexico City | Desinformémonos. Families who are victims of forced displacement in Chiapas announced that provisionally they will be in Banavil, Tenejapa municipality from 28 Oct to 3 November. They return to remember their deceased loved ones, like Antonia Lopéz Méndez who along with her younger sisters Petrona and María died when the family was displaced. The girls are buried on the land of their grandfather, Alonso López Luna, who “on 4 December 2011 was forcibly disappeared by the PRIistas from the same village Banavil.”
They denounced the authorities’ inaction. Over the past five years they have demanded the Mexican State begin a deep and transparent investigation to ascertain what happened in the case of the forced disappearance of López Luna. Up to now not one inquiry has been made, not even to interrogate Alonso López Ramírez who is being held at the State Centre for Social Reintegration of the Sentenced number 5, as one of the people responsible for the disappearance. They called for the state governor Manuel Velasco and the Chiapas State Attorney General to fulfill their responsibility and goodwill to investigate the whereabouts of Alonso López.
For this reason, they ask that the Chiapas government incessantly search until they find Alonso López Luna. They also demand that they execute the arrest warrants issued for the people responsible for the forced disappearance and the forced displacement of the families. These actions would create the conditions for the immediate and definitive return of these families to Banavil.
In closing, they expressed their solidarity with the families in the Northern Zone, Masojá Shucjá, the Viejo Velasco massacre and the families of the Acteal martyrs, “who like our family also look for truth and justice” while those responsible for the crimes go unpunished.
On 4 December 2011, the families of this village Banavil, Chiapas, were victims of aggression and forcibly displaced from their homes, which were then looted and until today, five years later, they have not been able to return because of their fears about the insecurity and new attacks led by the government.