Indigenous community in Mexico lives hell after winning lottery prize

The inhabitants of an indigenous community in Chiapas live in terror after having won a lottery prize.

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One of the great campaign promises he made Andrés Manuel López Obrador during his candidacy for the presidency of Mexico is that if he became the country’s highest president, one of the first things he would do would be to sell the presidential plane that had been used by the last Mexican presidents when they considered that this was only a mere luxury.

Once he assumed his position as president of Mexico, AMLO fulfilled his promise to sell the presidential plane, only he did it in a somewhat atypical way, since he did not have offers for the aircraft, decided to “raffle” it in a great draw of the National Lottery to commemorate Independence Day 2020.

This is how nearly 6 million lottery tickets with a value equivalent to $ 25 dollars were issued, in order to to raise an approximate to $ 141 million (what the presidential plane is actually worth), amount that was divided into 100 equal parts, money that was delivered to 100 schools and hospitals across the country in low-income locations.

Winning the lottery was the worst nightmare

The “José María Morelos y Pavón” school, located in the municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas, was one of the lucky ones to win one of the raffle prizes 2020 lottery ticket from the presidential plane.

The Mexican authorities gave the municipal government the $ 945,000 that corresponded to them, without imagining that this would be the beginning of an authentic ordeal.

Just over a year after having benefited from the lottery draw, dozens of families seek help, as they have had to leave their homes due to fears and pressures exerted by a criminal group in the region, who have demanded that they hand over the money obtained in the raffle for the benefit of the school and the community so that they can acquire high-caliber weapons.

Speaking to the media, Marcelo Santiz, spokesperson for the 28 indigenous Tzeltal families who have had to displace, said that the armed group of “Los Petules”, settled between the towns of Nacimiento and San Marcos in the Carrizal ejido, it has frightened and deprived the inhabitants of the region of their lands and goods for not giving them that money.

“The ordeal began when we were notified that the preschool ‘José María Morelos y Pavón’ was the winner with a piece of the presidential plane for the amount of 20 million pesos ($ 945,000) on September 15, 2020, from that moment the threats and corruption by Los Petules ”, he said.

Assaults and assassination attempts

Santiz indicated that the violence exerted by this criminal group against the indigenous community began in January of this year and even, on March 16, they tried to assassinate an auxiliary agent to deliver the award won by the school.

In addition, last October, people from Los Petules attacked women, children and the elderly in the area, which made them many families will flee to different parts of the jungle to try to safeguard their lives.

“We lost more than 250 head of cattle, houses, refrigerators, corn, beans and poultry crops and they took away our bank card, losing the right to all government benefits,” said the spokesman.

The Government and the Attorney General of Chiapas have already been alerted to the situation; However, the families denounce that there is no progress and requested the prompt intervention of the governor, Rutilio Escandón, and President López Obrador.

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