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Friday 14 of May 2021

Manuel Velasco Visits Chamula for Mayor's Funeral


Indigenous Tzotzil people of Chamula, Chiapas, blocking a road demanding promised support from the government,photo: Cuartoscuro/Jesús García
Indigenous Tzotzil people of Chamula, Chiapas, blocking a road demanding promised support from the government,photo: Cuartoscuro/Jesús García
Chamula Mayor Domingo López was killed during a shootout after a protest Saturday

Chiapas Governor Manuel Velasco Coello went to the municipality of San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, for the funeral of Chamula Mayor Domingo López.

López was killed during a shootout after a protest in front of the municipal palace. Over 2,000 protesters were demanding that the mayor comply with his campaign promises for public works and subsidies when a shootout began, which left protesters and government officials, including the mayor, dead.

López and Velasco Coello are both part of the Green Party (PVEM).

Velasco Coello announced to mourners the establishment of negotiations to achieve peace among the 168 communities of Chamula.

Chiapas Interior Secretary Juan Carlos Gómez Aranda announced that opposition politicians in Chamula are being investigated for inciting the violence that led to the mayor’s death.