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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Indigenous Rights Activist Shot Dead in Chiapas; 3rd Killed In Less Than a Month

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Simón Pedro Pérez López
Simon Pedro Perez Lopez, an indigenous rights activist from Chiapas, was killed by gunmen on a motorcycle earlier this week. He is the third organizer to be killed in Mexico in less than a month.

Authorities confirmed that Simon Pedro was shot dead outside a market in Simojovel, Pantelho municipality, while he was with his son. He was a member of the Tzeltal Indigenous group and has been active in social justice efforts since the 1997 massacre of 45 indigenous people in Acteal.

“Simón Pedro was innocent, he fought peacefully,” Pérez said. “Let’s hope this will inspire people to wake up their consciences and fight for peace.”

After condemning the murder, Mexico's National Human Rights Commission urged the Chiapas Prosecutor's Office to carry out an “efficient, prompt and impartial” investigation to find those responsible for Simon Pedro's death.

The commission said in a statement that 12 activists have been killed this year.

1997 Acteal massacre
On 22 December 1997, over 100 gunmen from the Mascara Roja paramilitary group entered Acteal, which is part of Las Abejas rural community, and killed 45 Tzotzil men, women and children, including four pregnant women. Mascara Roja sought the eliminate indigenous groups who supported the Zapatista uprising.

Many of those killed were part of Las Abejas (The Bees), a pacifist Christian organization formed two years after the 1994 Zapatista movement. Although it opposed the goals of an armed struggle, it support the Zapatista's goals of autonomy and indigenous control over land.

The perpetrators and masterminds of the attack remain at large. In the aftermath of the massacre, 79 people were arrested and convicted and given long prison sentences, but Mexico's Supreme Court has released them individually or by groups of the years. As of today, no one involved in the massacre is currently behind bars.

"No matter what the government does, we will continue our fight for justice,” Simón Pedro said.

"All we want is justice. We want the trial of those who ordered and carried out the massacre, and that the government recognize its full responsibility for the massacre."

20 comments:

  1. Activist, Reporters will continue to be killed, government of Obrador , cares a rats azz.

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    1. I agree, he could care less

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    2. You guys swear a president can stop everything it's population is doing. Carjacking, auto theft, shoplifters, murders, etc. He cannot undo the damage that has been done for decades. 6 years folks,is impossible!

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    3. 4:33 your blind to the topic at hand..11:07 is merely stating the government of Almo, is doing nothing about the matter, he did not say Almo himself. If you that clever then who else is in charge??? Lol

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  2. Do Zapatista want to be independentfrom Mexico?

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    1. more just having the government stop exploiting their land and leave them alone. they could care less who is in charge as long as that is protected/respected.

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    2. When the clown Marcos - a mestizo - is not on one of his many secrete vacations in Europe enjoying all the fruits of western Capitalist society he's in the business of playing "revolutionary" exploiting both the indigenous and land that once belonged to the Mexican federal government.

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  3. Gob cleans up after the elections
    DEP

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  4. Whatever happened to Comandante Marcos???

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    1. He's a clown.

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    2. Just like Mirelis, Marcos got brainwashed from leading autodefensas. Apparently it's working he is staying low profile.

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  5. That's a pretty sweet hat he is wearing.

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    1. Had two hand made Really nice hats one sold in usa 75 bucks other was 125 ..
      Go down there bring a few back

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    2. I would like one also. Do they sell them online anywhere? I don't really like the big stupid ones at the store and if it would help their cause. I don't think I would risk going there to to get a hat I read to much BB.

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  6. Comandante Marcos works at a Taco Bell in Hackensack New Jersey.

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    1. I saw him there

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    2. For reals 😂, I am headed over there to buy some tacos.

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  7. THIS GUY WAS CJNG ALL THE WAY ! CDS HANDLING THEIR BIZNESS LIKE REAL MEN DO .

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  8. Indigenous suffer in the own land to this day. Disgusting inhumanity. The killers of all innocents will pay for eternity. DEP hermano.

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  9. MX we need one of those reports you did covering los paredes, linea, GN but based in Chiapas we hardly even hear about this

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