Security & Strategic Review - August 2023

MEXICO: Protests over violence towards EZLN communities in Chiapas

Speaking from the southern state of Chiapas on 23 June, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated it was a “calm, peaceful and very beautiful state” in which there was a strong social fabric and community life. He was flanked by state governor, Rutilio Escandón Cadenas, of his ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena), who stated that the federal government’s major infrastructure projects in the southeast of Mexico, such as the Tren Maya tourist railway and Dos Bocas oil refinery, had boosted socioeconomic development in the region. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval noted that all types of crime were down in Chiapas. This came in stark contrast to recent declarations made by the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) leftist indigenous insurgent group, located in the south of the country, which has recently warned of growing violence in Chiapas.

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