AMERICA/MEXICO – An indigenous catechist, defender of rights, assassinated, the diocese’s complaints on the increasing violence in Chiapas are not heard – Agenzia Fides

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San Cristobal (Agenzia Fides) – “With pain we have learned of the murder of our brother Simón Pedro Pérez López, an indigenous Tzozil, catechist of the parish of Santa Catarina, in Pantelho, diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas, who was president of Civic organization Abejas de Acteal, whose members have waged a peaceful struggle in the search for justice”. Thus begins the statement of the diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas, in the state of Chiapas, signed by the Bishop, Mgr. Rodrigo Aguilar Martínez, by the Auxiliary Bishop, Mgr. Luis Manuel Alfaro López, by the Chancellor and by the Vicar of “Justice and Peace”. The Acteal massacre, named after the small indigenous village in the state of Chiapas, was committed on December 22, 1997: a paramilitary group killed 45 people, of the Tzotzil ethnicity, mostly women and children, while they were in church.

AMERICA/MEXICO – An indigenous catechist, defender of rights, assassinated, the diocese’s complaints on the increasing violence in Chiapas are not heard – Agenzia Fides

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