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The war between organized crime groups for control of territories in the state of Chiapas has left more than 850 families homeless in the state, mainly in the communities of La Trinitaria and Frontera Comalapa.
Faced with this situation, the residents of that region requested the installation of a permanent military post, and patrols to prevent the wave of violence that is sweeping these areas, mainly caused by the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels.
Through a document released in local media, representatives of more than 20 localities reported: “Due to insecurity in La Trinitaria and Frontera Comalapa, more than 850 families, made up of at least five people each, had to leave their homes.” .
In this regard, the bishop of the diocese of San Cristóbal, Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez, told the newspaper La Jornada that, faced with the dispossession of property by organized crime groups, the residents have begun to organize themselves to defend their homes and territory.
The priest said that Catholics and priests who work in that region bordering Guatemala constantly report to him the situation of risk and the threats that their homes and property will be taken from them.
“They tell them ‘go away; their lives are respected and take what you can’. Then they want to come back for more things and they won’t let them anymore. In other words, organized crime appropriates people’s houses and assets. They no longer let them return,” he added.
It should be remembered that, just a few days ago, that region was the scene of a confrontation between two organized crime groups that are disputing the territory.
One of the groups also clashed with elements of the Mexican Army, resulting in three detainees and seized weapons.
Regarding these events, the bishop pointed out that no deaths or injuries were reported, although they do not know if there were victims or not. “It is said that they collect the corpses. I do not know ”, he concluded.
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