The Mexican government has been accused of once again violating the human rights of its citizens after assaulting and arbitrarily detaining 14 social movement organizers and militants Thursday in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the state of Chiapas.
The detention comes as members of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, EAAF, are investigating the brutal extrajudicial killing of 13-year-old Humberto Morales Santiz, a young member of the National Front for the Struggle for Socialism, FNLS, who was murdered February 28 in Chiapas.
The detainees, who were comprised of militants from the FNLS along with Indigenous human rights monitors and others, were attacked with tear gas, beaten and arrested by state security forces as they distributed fliers near the Tuxtla Gutierrez-Chiapa de Corzo federal highway booth.
The detainees have been named as Roberto Mendoza, Francisco Hernandez, Adriana Flores, Ollin Amaro, Angelina Lopez Gomez, Leticia Gomez Lopez, Hermelindo Lopez Gomez, David Francisco Garcia Mota, Sergio Mar Perez Santiago, Gumersindo Bustos, Jacob Hernandez, Manuel Gomez, Sergio Rodriguez and Mercedes Perez Perez. Their whereabouts are currently unknown.
“In the face of the demands for justice for the murder of a child, the Mexican state, which is responsible for this heinous crime, now seeks to bury the truth with more repression, more violence, more attacks against the organized people,” the revolutionary socialists of the Organization for the Fight for Popular Emancipation, OLEP, said in a statement, adding that it reserves the right to engage in social protest to denounce repression against the people.
OLEP added in its statement that the FNLS has fallen victim to state repression in the past, usually in the form of enforced disappearances or extrajudicial killings, as was the case with the young activist Santiz.
Organizers are calling on working people to continue closing their ranks and to fight back in a spirit of integrity and combativity, and to hold Chiapas State Governor Manuel Velasco Coello and President Enrique Peña Nieto responsible for any harm that might befall the militants of the FNLS.