Evangelical families expelled and homes demolished in Chiapas
Traditionalist Catholics in San Cristobal (Mexico) destroyed the houses of 5 evangelical families and arrested two believers.
Evangélico Digital, El Universal · SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS · 18 JANUARY 2021 · 13:00 CET
A group of people of the ‘Tzotzil’ ethnic group destroyed five houses of evangelical families in the Mitzitón community, in the municipality of San Cristóbal, Chiapas (Mexico).
The leader of the evangelical organisation Alas de Aguila, Esdras Alonso González, reported that the events took place on Sunday January, 10. Two evangelical ‘Tzotzil’ families were affected.
Before the houses were destroyed, the Catholics imprisoned two evangelicals, Alejandro Jiménez Jiménez and Miguel Jiménez Heredia.
The five families, a total of 30 people, had to comply with the decision of the authorities. But days after returning to their village, three families had to leave their homes for a second time, González pointed out.
González said that in the neighbouring community of Napité, also in the municipality of San Cristóbal, traditionalist Catholics prevented evangelicals from building a church. They had returned to the community on 15 December, after being uprooted for around one year.
Continuous incidents in Chiapas
This is not the first religious freedom incident of this kind in the area. The most serious happened on May 2016, when traditionalist Catholics looted and partially destroyed 84 houses, the homes of 350 evangelical Tzotziles, a group that was forced to leave the Mitzitón community.
The attacks happened because the evangelical families refused to participate in activities of the Catholic festivities.
Evangelical Focus has reported about several other cases of this type of religious persecution in the Mexican region of Chiapas.