Some were not interested in losing their power and corrupt privileges. Others preferred to continue their religious life with a “straw God”.
We spoke with Protestant Christians who had had their electricity and water cut off, who had been removed from the local population registers, whose children had been prevented from attending school.
The man was sent to jail for declining to sign a document denying his evangelical faith and agreeing to contribute to the Traditionalist Catholic festivals.
84 houses were attacked after evangelical Christians refused to pay their contribution to the Catholic festivities. 350 believers have been displaced.
Five evangelical families declined to pay the quota for the Roman Catholic patron saint celebration, and the local authorities cut off their water supply. Several organisations confirm rising trend of persecution in rural Mexico.
During his visit to the region, Pope Francis condemned the exploitation and social exclusion of the indigenous peoples. But Roman Catholics in Chiapas continue to persecute evangelical believers.
They were expelled for refusing to renounce their faith. Christians hope this case will set a precedent for religious freedom in Mexico.
Several Leyva Velazquez community leaders asked evangelical Christians to renounce their faith.
158 Christians were left almost entirely without food after the raid resulted in a land owned by the Protestant Christian community. These situations are recurrent in Mexico.
The attacks to evangelical communities are recurrent in Mexico since 2012, but the state government remained silent.
“They chased our women and children, and detained our colleague Manuel Gomez Gomez, who is now in prison”. Representatives of 200 families ask for an open dialogue with the State government.