(MEXICO CITY) HRW REPORT: Has been carrying out mass expulsion of migrants and asylum seekers of various nationalities to a remote area of the jungle in Guatemala, putting lives at risk, Human Rights Watch said today #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.13: Those expelled include families and unaccompanied children, some of whom were first expelled by air from the United States. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and US President Joe Biden should immediately stop these dangerous and unlawful expulsions and ensure that future deportations are carried out in line with Mexican, US, and international law.

#AceDailyNews HRW reports on the ‘Mass Expulsion of Asylum Seekers to Guatemala as Migrants Expelled From US, Mexico Without Due Process’ “For years, the Mexican president has facilitated some of the United States’ most abusive anti-immigration policies. Now he has gone a step further, replicating those abusive policies on Mexico’s own southern border.”

Buses sit on the Mexican side of the El Ceibo border crossing after having expelled migrants into Guatemala.
Buses sit on the Mexican side of the El Ceibo border crossing after having expelled migrants into Guatemala. © 2021 Courtesy of Alejandra Macías Delgadillo, Asylum Access México

Abandoning vulnerable families in the remote Guatemalan jungle without money, food, or shelter and ignoring their requests for asylum is a new low for President López Obrador,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. “

In the beginning of August 2021, the United States began expelling some Central American migrants via air to two cities in southern Mexico – Tapachula, Chiapas, and Villahermosa, Tabasco – which are a relatively short drive away from the Guatemalan border.

Also in August, Mexican immigration authorities began busing at least 300 migrants of various nationalities each day, including some expelled from the United States and others apprehended in Mexico, to the Mexican side of the remote El Ceibo border crossing in the Lacandón Jungle. At times, the buses have arrived late at night. The authorities have then forced the migrants to cross the border by foot. Mexican authorities have also expelled groups of migrants this way through the border crossing in Talismán, Chiapas, also on Mexico’s southern border.

Mexican immigration agents have denied many of those expelled the chance to seek asylum and forced them to cross into Guatemala without notifying consular officials or the Guatemalan government. Some have been expelled while waiting on asylum applications in Mexico. Once on the other side of the border, many have had nowhere to sleep and no means of getting to their home countries.

On August 12, US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas toldreporters that the United States was increasing its use of expulsion flights to Mexico’s interior under purported public health authority, to address “recidivism.” He also said the United States was urging Mexico to increase its interception of migrants. Since February the Biden administration has expelled more than 600,000 people at the border under an order issued under the administration of former President Donald Trump to justify expelling asylum seekers during the pandemic without giving them a chance to seek protection.

Some of those expelled have told humanitarian workers in Guatemala they had asked US and Mexican immigration agents for asylum but were told that would not be possible. Others have said they had already applied for or received asylum in Mexico, but that immigration agents told them their Mexican asylum documents were fake or invalid and sometimes confiscated and destroyed them, before detaining and expelling the asylum seekers. Many non-Guatemalans have told aid workers that Mexican immigration agents confiscated their identity documents before expelling them to Guatemala.

Mexican immigration authorities have not coordinated these expulsions with the Guatemalan government; nor notified the Guatemalan, Honduran, or Salvadoran consulates; nor arranged for onward transport. Many of those expelled have been forced to sleep on the street upon arrival in El Ceibo, a remote village of just a few hundred people. The migrant shelter in El Ceibo can house about 30 people. A humanitarian worker said one woman who was expelled said that Mexican immigration agents told her group they were intentionally being taken “to the most remote border crossing” so they would “learn their lesson.”

In a statement on August 17, the Guatemalan Foreign Relations Ministry expressed concern that it had not been notified of the expulsions. It also reiterated that repatriations of Guatemalans should take place through the country’s dedicated Reception Centers in Guatemala City and Tecun Uman.

To corroborate media reports about the expulsions, Human Rights Watch interviewed representatives of Guatemala’s human rights ombudsperson’s office, who have been traveling regularly to El Ceibo and Talismán to witness the expulsions and speak with those expelled. Human Rights Watch also spoke with the head of the Belén migrant shelter, near the El Ceibo crossing, representatives of the Guatemalan immigration authority, representatives from a collective of Mexican migrant rights groups that operate along the border, the Guatemalan children’s organization Refugio de la Niñez, the Guatemalan Red Cross, and consulate staff from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador in Mexico.

Human Rights Watch also reviewed videos and photographs of expulsions and copies of documents provided to the Guatemalan human rights ombudsperson’s office showing that some of those expelled from Mexico had pending asylum applications there. Human Rights Watch asked Mexican immigration authorities for comment but had received no reply as of September 7.

Some of those expelled told shelter workers, journalists, and representatives of Guatemala’s human rights ombudsperson’s office that US or Mexican immigration agents detained them and told them they would be taken to shelters to register their asylum applications. Others said they were told they would be sent to their home countries, which included Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela, Belize, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.

Instead, they were flown or taken by bus to Villahermosa, Tabasco, or Tapachula, Chiapas, and from there Mexican immigration agents immediately took them by bus to the border crossing and forced them to walk into Guatemala. Some said they had been given no information at all and did not know where they were being sent until they arrived in Guatemala.

Mexican authorities have been summarily expelling small groups of migrants into Guatemala since at least April, but began mass expulsions of hundreds of migrants at a time in August. Guatemalan immigration authorities said initially they could not register the number of expulsions due to their limited presence at the El Ceibo border crossing, where the vast majority are taking place. On August 22, they sent additional staff and began registering every expulsion.

From August 22 to August 29, they registered 2,061 people, including 564 children. A humanitarian organization providing support at the border has recorded 5 unaccompanied children. Guatemalan immigration authorities are not sure how many migrants have been expelled through Talismán.

As of August 30, Guatemalan immigration authorities had begun coordinating with civil society groups to receive expelled migrants, conduct medical checks, and, in some cases, provide them with onward transport.

Mexican immigration authorities have expelled groups of migrants and asylum seekers into Guatemala through the Talismán-El Carmen border crossing three times in August. On August 9, 10, and 18, migrants were taken via plane from the United States and northern Mexico to Tapachula, Chiapas state. From there, Mexican immigration agents and the National Guard took them by bus to the Talismán-El Carmen border crossing and forced them to walk into Guatemala.

On September 2, the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it had reached an agreement so that the US government would repatriate Guatemalans via air to Guatemala City. It also announced it had reached an agreement to allow the Mexican government to repatriate Salvadorans and Hondurans to their countries by bus, travelling through Guatemala. On September 4, the Guatemalan immigration authority said in a statement that expulsions from Mexico through El Ceibo would continue for another 30 days. It did not explain whether non-Guatemalans who are expelled by the Mexican government will be given the chance to seek asylum in Mexico. Nor did they explain whether expulsions of asylum seekers other than of those three nationalities will continue. Guatemalan immigration and human rights authorities reported asylum seekers of 10 nationalities expelled to Guatemala. These announcements raise more questions, including whether the Guatemalan government plans to actively participate in these abusive expulsions, Human Rights Watch said.

Under Mexican law, immigration authorities are required to tell anyone in their custody where and why they are being detained, and to provide information in writing about the right to apply for asylum or other regular legal status in Mexico. They also should allow anyone subject to deportation proceedings to speak with their consulate, receive legal advice, communicate with their family, and appeal the deportation decision.

Mexican immigration authorities may only return migrants to their home country – not send them to a third country – and they are required to notify and coordinate with the receiving country’s government and provide transportation, food, and water for returnees until they reach their home country. Finally, they are prohibited from deporting anyone who has requested or been granted asylum in Mexico.

The right to seek asylum is a core principle of international human rights law. Everyone seeking international protection has the right to apply for asylum abroad and to have their case heard before the appropriate authorities. Expelling asylum seekers without allowing them to make their claims violates the Refugee Convention, the Convention against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the American Convention on Human Rights, all treaties to which Mexico is a party. The American Convention on Human Rights and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, to which Mexico is a party, also explicitly prohibit collective expulsions.

“The Biden administration promised more humane and fair policies for asylum seekers at US borders,” said Clara Long, US associate director at Human Rights Watch. “Instead, the administration is expelling asylum seekers without giving them a chance to seek protection and is implicated in dangerous Mexican return practices. The Biden administration needs to change course now.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Sept.13: 2021:

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(MEXICO CITY) Supreme Court Report: On Tuesday its been ruled that criminal penalties for terminating pregnancies are unconstitutional #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.08: On Tuesday, the court ordered the state of Coahuila to remove sanctions for abortion from its criminal code……

#AceDailyNews says that Mexico has decriminalised abortion in landmark ruling for the northern state of Coahuila, prevents women from being prosecuted for getting an abortion.

Women at a protest in support of abortion
The ruling could pave the way for the decriminalisation of abortions across the country

Abortion is currently severely restricted in all but four of the country’s states: Supreme Court Justice Luis Maria Aguilar described the move as a “historic step for the rights of women”.

The decision could pave the way for the decriminalisation of abortions across the country. 

Currently, abortion is only legal in a handful of states, except in cases of rape or where the mother’s life is in danger. 

A judicial source said the ruling will affect the whole of Mexico, allowing women in states where abortion is criminalised to undergo the procedure with a judge’s order. 

The Information Group on Reproductive Choice (GIRE), which campaigns for abortion rights, described the decision as “historic”.

“We hope that throughout the country women and people with the ability to carry a child have the conditions and freedom to determine their reproductive destiny,” it said.

Coahuila borders the US state of Texas, where the Supreme Court allowed a state law banning all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy

The ruling could open up avenues for people from Texas seeking legal abortions.

The decision to decriminalise abortion in what is Latin America’s second largest Catholic nation might appear surprising. However, the debate in Mexico has been gradually moving towards removing the illegality for some time.

High profile protests by feminist and women’s rights campaigners have underlined the need for greater reproductive rights in Mexico. Specifically, the Supreme Court was asked to rule on a law in the northern state of Coahuila which punishes women who have illegal abortions with jail terms of up to three years.

The 11 Supreme Court judges unanimously voted to decriminalise abortion in that state, and under Mexican law, it will now apply to all the other states in the country.It is likely to take some time to be applied across the nation, but in effect the decision provides each state with a roadmap towards new legislation. Furthermore, it should mean that women who were jailed for having abortions will be immediately released.

The decision is likely to anger more conservative politicians in Mexico and the Catholic Church. However, the church’s influence has been waning in recent years and the government considers itself staunchly secular.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Sept.08: 2021:

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(MEXCO CITY) JUST IN: #Earthquake Report: A powerful earthquake has struck south-western Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco, killing at least one man who was crushed by a falling post and causing rock falls and damaging buildings, authorities said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews says that Mexico has been hit by powerful magnitude-7.0 #earthquake, killing at least one….

A powerful earthquake has struck south-western Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco, killing at least one man who was crushed by a falling post and causing rock falls and damaging buildings, authorities said.

The magnitude-7.0 quake, which hit 17.7 kilometres north-east of Acapulco in Guerrero state Tuesday night (local time), shook the hillsides around the city, downing trees and pitching large boulders onto roads.

State governor Hector Astudillo told local television that a man was killed by a falling post in Coyuca de Benitez, a small town just west of Acapulco.

He and other authorities had earlier said there were no reports of major damage from the quake, which caused power outages in several states.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the temblor had not caused major damages in Guerrero, the neighbouring region of Oaxaca, Mexico City and elsewhere.

A couple walks past a damaged car and debris.
Residents said they were caught off guard, with no earthquake alarms. (AP: Bernardino Hernandez)

In Mexico City, more than 320 km away, the ground shook for nearly a minute in some parts of the capital.

In the central Roma Sur neighbourhood of Mexico City, lights went off and scared residents rushed out, some wearing little more than pyjamas, a witness said.

Residents huddled together in the rain, holding young children or pets.

“It was terrible. It really reminds me of the 1985 quake every time something like this happens,” said Yesmin Rizk, a 70-year-old Roma Sur resident.

A massive earthquake that struck the Mexican capital in 1985 killed thousands of people.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, initially measured at a magnitude of 7.4 and later downgraded to 7.0, was relatively shallow — only 19km below the surface — which would have amplified the shaking effect.

This rare phenomenon is known as earthquake lights (EQL). The US Geological Survey says that geophysicists differ in the extent to which they think that individual reports of unusual lighting associated with an earthquake actually represent EQL.

Mexican state power utility the Comision Federal de Electricidad said in a statement that 1.6 million users had been affected by the quake in Mexico City, the adjacent State of Mexico, and the states of Guerrero, Morelos and Oaxaca.

Patients die as severe floods hit hospital

Meanwhile, in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo severe flooding has killed 17 people at a hospital, most of whom had COVID-19.

The flooding occurred after torrential rains caused the River Tula to burst its banks, authorities said on Tuesday.

Rescuers in a boat in floodwaters.
Days of heavy rain caused the flooding at the hospital in central Mexico. 

More than 40 other patients in the public hospital in the town of Tula were evacuated by emergency service workers, and an initial assessment showed about 2,000 houses had flood damage, the Mexican government said in a statement.

Hidalgo Governor Omar Fayad told local media that 15 or 16 out of the 17 fatalities were COVID-19 patients.

The media said the deaths occurred when flooding knocked out electricity at the hospital.

Reuters/ABC

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(MEXICO CITY) Hurricane #Grace Report: At least eight people are known to have died after it tore through Veracruz bringing torrential rain and 125mph high winds and causing power cuts and flooding #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.24: The storm brought wind speeds of up to 200 km/h (125mph) when it reached the coast of mainland Mexico. Of the eight people killed, six were members of the same family, state government officials said….

#AceDailyNews says the deaths and the worst damage occurred in the state of Veracruz, where the storm uprooted trees when it made landfall early on Saturday.

Martha Sanchez reacts while walking in front of her souvenir store that was destroyed when Hurricane Grace slammed into the coast with torrential rains, in Costa Esmeralda, near Tecolutla, Mexico, 21 August 2021
BBC Mexico Report:

In the state capital, Xalapa, many streets became rivers of mud. 

The hurricane later weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland. 

A road next to a convenience store is flooded after Hurricane Grace slammed into the coast with torrential rains, in Costa Esmeralda, near Tecolutla, Mexico, 21 August 2021

However, high winds and downpours were reported to be causing more flooding as Grace travelled north of Mexico City. 

Residents of the coastal town of Tecolutla, in Veracruz state, said the hurricane had been devastating. 

“You could just hear the thunder of the falling trees, it sounded very nasty, very horrible,” Laura Jacinto said, adding: ” I was very scared, I was very scared last night.”

Another resident, Adolfo Lopez, said: “The roof… everything is gone, it took everything with it.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.24: 2021:

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(MEXICO CITY) JUST IN: Men claiming to speak for CJNG the most powerful drug cartel have released a video threatening to murder a prominent female news anchor over what they deem to be unfair coverage #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.11: He complained that Milenio Television was favouring so-called self-defence groups organised to resist the CJNG: In the video, journalist Azucena Uresti is threatened directly.

#AceDailyNews says a Mexican drug cartel threatens to kill TV reporter for unfair coverage and the warning was made by a man who said it was on behalf of the leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel (CJNG).

Bullet holes are seen after a battle between the CJNG and Los Viagras cartels in Aguililla
Bullet holes are seen after a battle between the CJNG and Los Viagras cartels in Aguililla

“I will make you eat your words even if they accuse me of femicide,” the masked speaker, who is surrounded by six heavily armed men, warns.

He accuses Ms Uresti and the Milenio network of being biased in their coverage of the battle between the cartel and vigilante groups.

Ms Uresti is one of the best-known TV anchors in Mexico and presents Milenio TV’s nightly news programme. 

She gained further visibility when she anchored some of the presidential debates ahead of the 2018 election and was widely praised for the questions she posed to the candidates. 

Groups representing journalists have come out in her support and demanded that the government offer her protection. 

Presidential spokesman Jesús Ramírez Cuevas tweeted that the government would “take the necessary measures to protect threatened journalists and news outlets,” but President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is often critical of the media, has yet to comment on the threat. 

ReutersMexican authorities have struggled to contain cartel violence

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist. But while attacks on local reporters are common, such public warnings are rare.

In the past weeks, there have been fierce battles between members of the CJGN and vigilante groups in the state of Michoacán for control of the region west of the capital, Mexico City. 

The vigilantes say they have taken up arms to defend themselves against the attacks of the cartel, whose leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, is one of the country’s most wanted men. The US is offering a $10m (£7.2m) reward for information leading to his capture.

But the groups are controversial with some analysts saying that they often turn criminal themselves or act as a cover for rival criminal groups. 

The area has been the scene of clashes between vigilante groups and criminal organisations for years but in recent weeks the gun battles have been particularly fierce and sometimes lasted for days.

Ms Uresti interviewed one of the vigilantes involved in the fight for control of the town of Ecatepec earlier this month.

The vigilante alleged that the CJNG would “kill everyone” in the town if they managed to defeat those defending it. 

But in the video, the masked man alleges that the vigilante groups are in fact drug traffickers themselves and extort money from the local population.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Aug.11: 2021:

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(MEXICO CITY) JUST IN: New self-defence force appears on the streets calling themselves the vigilantes of ‘El Machete’ made up of indigenous peoples to defend themselves and their families against drug cartels #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews says that ‘New Self-Defense Militia’Appears in Chiapas, Mexico to Fight and just like the Zapatista rebels before them, the indigenous people of the state in southern Mexico they have taken up arms, though this time they said it was to beat back the organised crime gangs plaguing their communities.

SOURCE: Reuters: Click here to read more Vigilantes of “El Machete” as they call themselves, an armed group made up mostly of indigenous people to defend themselves against drug cartels, are seen during an assembly with indigenous communities, in Pantelho, Chiapas, Mexico July 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jacob Garcia

Tearful Mexican cartel chief threatens government after mother’s detention

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – One of the most wanted Mexican cartel leaders threatened the government and his arch-foes in highly unusual video messages, including one where he can be seen fighting back tears after his mother was detained over the weekend.

Jose “El Marro” Yepez is the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, which has been a thorn in the side of President Andres Lopez Obrador’s government due to his gang’s industrial-scale siphoning of petroleum from state-run oil company Pemex.

In one of the videos widely shared on social media, Yepez can be seen lashing out against the government after his mother was allegedly arrested in a major security operation in the city of Celeya in Mexico’s bloodiest state, Guanajuato.

“I’m going to be a stone in your shoe. I’m going to blow up, you will see,” Yepez, wearing jeans with a rifle slung over his shoulder, said in the video. Reuters was not able to independently verify the videos.

Mexican security forces on Sunday said they arrested members of an organised crime group in a raid in Celeya, where they found about 1 kilogram of a substance resembling methamphetamine and 2 million pesos ($88,000).

“Among the detainees are Maria “N”, Juana “N” and Rosalba “N”, alleged financial operators of the criminal organization,” Mexico’s security agencies said in a joint statement, without naming the Santa Rosa cartel or its leader.

El Universal newspaper said Yepez’ mother, sister and girlfriend were all arrested.

Yepez said he feared the authorities would frame his mother as one of the leaders of the cartel. “In my mother’s and my people name…I don’t fear you,” he said.

Yepez also said he could form a coalition with the Sinaloa cartel or other crime groups in the north to fight Santa Rosa’s arch-foe Jalisco New Generation cartel, which has been on a bloody expansion drive to take over rivals’ territories across the country.

Reporting by Diego Ore; writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: 24: 2021:

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(MEXICO CITY) #Coronavirus Report: Villages being refused vaccinations after with only 2% being given the jab for #COVID19 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.21: A few months later the pandemic had engulfed Mexico and thousands of people were dying every week. But Coquilteel and many small, indigenous towns in the state of Chiapas were left relatively unscathed. This has been a blessing but it also presents a problem.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says cases have risen with men, women and children in this #pandemic and now Mexican villages refusing to vaccinate citizens with almost 30% of Mexicans have received one vaccine against #COVID19 so far but in the state of Chiapas the take-up rate is less than half of that. In Coquilteel, and many remote villages in the state, it’s likely to be closer to 2%. Last week Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador remarked on the low vaccination rate in Chiapas and said the government needed to do more according to BBC Latin News

By Stephanie Hegarty
Population correspondent 

Relatives carry a woman with symptoms of Covid-19 in Chiapas state
Disinformation has led to indigenous communities choosing not to get vaccinated

In November Pascuala Vázquez Aguilar had a strange dream about her village Coquilteel, nestled among the trees in the mountains of southern Mexico.

A plague had come to the village and everyone ran to the forest. They hid in a hut under a tall canopy of oak trees.

“The plague couldn’t reach us there,” Pascuala says. “That’s what I saw in my dream.”

Pascuala is a community health leader for 364 communities in the area and she has been vaccinated. She travels in and out of the village and worries about bringing Covid back to her family and friends who, like most of their neighbours are not vaccinated.

They’re influenced by lies and rumours swirling around on WhatsApp. Pascuala has seen messages saying the vaccine will kill people after two years, that it’s a government plot to reduce the population or that it’s a sign of the devil that curses anyone who receives it.

AFPVaccination uptake in Chiapas state has been relatively low compared to other areas

This kind of disinformation is everywhere but in villages like Coquilteel, it can be particularly potent. “People don’t trust the government. They don’t see the government doing anything good, they just see a lot of corruption,” Pascuala says.

The community in Chilón are predominantly indigenous descendants of the Mayan civilisation. In Chiapas there are over 12 official traditional languages spoken. The first language in Coquilteel is Tzeltal and few people speak much Spanish.

The indigenous community in this part of Mexico has a history of resistance to the central authorities, culminating in the Zapatista uprising in 1994. “The government doesn’t consult people on how they want to be helped or how to govern,” says Pascuala. “The majority don’t believe that Covid exists.”

This isn’t just a problem in Mexico or in Latin America, it’s happening all over the world. In northern Nigeria in the early 2000s and later in parts of Pakistan, distrust of the authorities led to boycotts of the polio vaccine. Some of these communities believed a lie that the vaccine was sent by the US as part of the “War on Terror”, to cause infertility and reduce their Muslim population.

“There is fertile ground for rumours and misinformation where there’s already a lack of trust in authorities and maybe even in science,” says Lisa Menning, a social scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) who researches barriers to vaccine uptake. “There are information gaps and perhaps poorly designed communications campaigns that have targeted these communities historically.”

Gerardo GonzálezPascuala, a vaccinated health worker, worries her unvaccinated friends and family might catch Covid

Nicolasa Guzmán García spends much of her day in Coquilteel tending to her chickens and growing fresh vegetable for her family. She does believe Covid is real but doesn’t feel the need to be vaccinated. “I don’t leave my home very much. I don’t travel to the city, I’m focused on looking after my animals,” she says.

She also believes that their traditional lifestyle protects the community – they eat healthy, fresh food and get a lot of fresh air and exercise. And like a lot of indigenous communities across Latin America, the Tzeltal practise a mix of Catholicism and their ancient spiritual religion.

“I can’t say if this vaccine is bad or good because I don’t know how it was made, who made it and what’s in it,” says Nicolasa. “But I prepare my traditional medicine myself so I have more confidence in it.”

She uses a mixture of cured tobacco, home-made alcohol and garlic to help with breathing problems, and tinctures made from Mexican marigold flowers or water of the rue plant for fever.

Medical doctor Gerardo González Figueroa has been treating indigenous communities in Chiapas for 15 years and says trust in herbal medicine is not just out of tradition but necessity – because medical facilities are often far away.

He believes there are some protective benefits from traditional diet, lifestyle and healing practices but he is extremely worried about low vaccination rates.

“I don’t think the efforts of the Mexican government have been strong enough in getting all of society involved,” he says. “These institutions have been acting in a paternalistic manner. It’s ‘go and get your vaccines’.”

AFPThe indigenous community in this part of Mexico has a history of resistance to the government

The federal government has said its vaccination programme is a success, with mortality declining by 80% amidst the third wave of Covid sweeping across Mexico’s more densely populated urban areas.

Pascuala believes the authorities gave up too easily when they saw that people were rejecting getting vaccinated in the village.

“It’s a false binary to think of supply and demand as separate things,” says Lisa Menning of the WHO. She points to the US, where polling in March showed communities of colour had also been hesitant to get vaccinated until authorities put a major effort into making vaccination accessible. Vaccination rates in these communities are now much higher.

“Having easy, convenient and really affordable access to good services, where there’s a health worker who’s really well-trained and able to respond to any concerns and responds in a very caring and kind respectful way – that is what makes the difference.”

It can’t be a top-down approach, she says. “What works best is listening to communities, partnering with them, working with them.”

Coquilteel is one of millions of small, rural communities around the world where this is sorely lacking. For now, all Pascuala can do is keep trying to convince people to get vaccinated and she’s focusing her efforts on those who leave the village, like truck drivers. But until everyone is vaccinated, she can only put her trust in other powers.

“Thanks to God we live in a community where there are still trees, and where the air is still clean,” she says. “I think in some way, Mother Earth is protecting us.”

#AceHealthDesk report ……..Published: July.21: 2021:

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(MEXICO CITY) JUST IN: Fear has invaded in the border city of Reynosa after gunmen in vehicles killed at least 14 people, including taxis drivers, workers and a nursing student, and security forces responded with operations that left four suspects dead #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.23: While this city across the border from McAllen, Tx. Is used to cartel violence as a key trafficking point, the 14 victims in Saturday’s attacks appeared to be what Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca called “innocent citizens” rather than members of one gang killed by a rival:

MEXICO CITY: Fear shakes border city after violence leaves 18 dead as authorities say they are investigating the attacks and haven’t provided a motive as US EXTENDS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AT CANADA, MEXICO LAND BORDERS THROUGH TO JULY 21

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Local businessman Misael Chavarria Garza said many businesses closed early Saturday after the attacks and people were very scared as helicopters flew overhead: On Sunday, he said “the people were quiet as if nothing had happened, but with a feeling of anger because now crime has happened to innocent people.”

Law enforcement officials say gunmen aboard a number of vehicles have staged attacks in several neighborhoods in the Mexican border city of Reynosa. (AP)

“It’s not fair,” said taxi driver Rene Guevara, adding that among the dead were two of his fellow taxi drivers whom he defended and said were not involved in crime.

The attacks took place in several neighborhoods in eastern Reynosa, according to the Tamaulipas state agency that coordinates security forces, and sparked a deployment of the military, National Guard and state police across the city. Images posted on social media showed bodies in the streets.

Authorities say they are investigating the attacks and haven’t provided a motive.

But the area’s criminal activity has long been dominated by the Gulf Cartel and there have been fractures within that group: Experts say there has been an internal struggle within the group since 2017 to control key territories for drug and human trafficking. Apparently, one cell from a nearby town may have entered Reynosa to carry out the attacks:

Olga Ruiz, whose 19-year-old brother Fernando Ruiz was killed by the gunmen, said her sibling was working as a plumber and bricklayer in a company owned by his stepfather to pay for his studies.

“They killed him in cold blood, he and two of his companions,” said Olga Ruiz, adding that the gunmen arrived where her brother was fixing a drain.

“They heard the gunshots from afar and my stepfather told him: ‘son, you have to take shelter.’ So he asked permission to enter a house but my brother and his companions were only about to enter when the vehicles arrived,” Ruiz said. “They stopped in front of them and started to shoot.”

On Saturday, authorities detained a person who was transporting two apparently kidnapped women in the trunk of a car.

Security is one of the great challenges facing the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador: He has assured Mexicans that he is fighting the root causes of the violence and since the beginning of his administration in December 2018, he has advocated “hugs, not bullets” in dealing with criminals. He also says he is fighting corruption to stop the infiltration of organized crime among authorities:

But the violence continues.

“Criminal organizations must receive a clear, explicit and forceful signal from the Federal Government that there will be no room for impunity, nor tolerance for their reprehensible criminal behavior,” said García Cabeza de Vaca of the rival National Action Party. “In my government there will be no truce for the violent.”

But García Cabeza de Vaca himself is being investigated by the federal prosecutor’s office for organized crime and money laundering – accusations he says are part of plan by López Obrador’s government to attack him for being an opponent.

Tamaulipas – the state where the Zetas cartel arose and where the Gulf Cartel continues to operate – has seen several of its past governors from the Institutional Revolutionary Party accused of corruption and links to organized crime. One former governor, Tomás Yarrington, was extradited to the United States from Italy in 2018 on drug trafficking charges.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.23: 2021:

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(MEXICO CITY) JUST IN: At least 23-people died and dozens were injured when a metro train derailed off a collapsed overpass on Monday night, authorities said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.04: In addition to the deaths, at least 70 people were injured in the wreck on the metro’s Line 12, the mayor said.Media stand at a police barricade barring access to the scene of the train crash:

The train collapsed down toward the road, trapping at least one car under rubble, according to authorities and firefighters and rescue personnel work to recover victims from a subway car that fell after a section of Line 12 of the subway collapsed according to AP

Concerns about the structural integrity of the stretch of tracks where Monday’s accident occurred had been raised since a strong earthquake struck Mexico in 2017.
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Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said a support beam gave out just as a train rode over it.

A crane was needed late Monday to help with the rescue efforts.

People were still aboard the dangling train, though it’s unclear if they are alive, the mayor said.A section of the crashed subway car.AP

“What has happened on the metro today is a terrible tragedy,” tweeted Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard.

With Post wires 

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.04: 2021:

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MEXICO CITY: ‘ PROTESTERS STORM NATIONAL PALACE OVER ABDUCTION AND MURDER OF 43 STUDENTS ‘

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO CITY – Nov.09 – This is a follow-up from my post yesterday and thanks to RT and their team: A group of protesters in Mexico City have tried to break into the National Palace and have set its front doors on fire in response to government’s alleged role in the abduction and murder of 43 students who went missing in September.

The rally’s participants used a metal police barricade as a battering ram, trying to storm the National Palace in Mexico City, which is mostly used for ceremonies involving President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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Having failed to break into the National Palace, protesters set its front doors on fire. They managed to damage the entrance to the building, but were unable to get inside and were eventually driven away by police.

As the demonstrators were trying to forcefully break into the National Palace, another large crowd was protesting in front of the attorney general’s office.

There have been reports of injuries and arrests, as police dispersed the raging crowds in Mexico City.

The storming of the National Palace came as the climax of Saturday’s mass rally which was inspired by Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam’s revelation Friday that three Guerreros Unidos gang members in custody had confessed to killing the students and incinerating their bodies, and had claimed that the young men were handed over to them by the police.

Infuriated by alleged police involvement in the abduction of students, hundreds of protesters on Saturday set cars on fire, painted graffiti and threw rocks at government offices.

“We are asking the same thing as usual. We want to see our comrades alive,” a masked student told AFP as others chanted, “They took them alive, we want them back alive.” The students went missing on September 26, when they clashed with police during a protest in the southwestern town of Iguala. After police detained them and took them away, the students were not seen again.

Protesters wearing masks outside the Guerrero state building in Chilpancingo tossed firebombs and torched around a dozen vehicles, including trucks and a federal police vehicle.

Besides the allegations that the students were led to their eventual deaths by law enforcement agents, Mexicans were furious with the Attorney General’s remarks during the press conference. After an hour of fielding questions, Jesus Murillo Karam abruptly signaled for an end to the press conference by turning away from reporters and saying, “Ya me canse” or “I’ve had enough.”

The phrase immediately exploded on social networks while protesters used the phrase to draw graffiti as a sign of dissent. “Enough, I’m tired of Murillo Karam,” says one. Another asks, “If you’re tired, why don’t you resign?”

Others vented their frustration with messages such as “Enough, I’m tired of living in a narco state” or “Enough, I’m tired of corrupt politicians.”

In taped confessions, gang members said they took students to a landfill in the town of Cocula aboard two trucks, where they killed them and spent 14 hours burning their bodies and belongings.

In connection with the massacre, authorities said they have already arrested 74 people, including the ousted mayor, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda, 36 police officers and several Guerreros Unidos gang members.

Meanwhile, the parents of the missing students say they will not accept they are dead until independent Argentine forensic experts deliver DNA results. An Austrian university is helping identify the remains through a DNA test, but the chief prosecutor added that there was “a lot of evidence… that could indicate it was them.”

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MEXICO: ‘ POLICE ARREST MAYOR & WIFE BELIEVED TO HAVE ORDERED ATTACK KILLING 43 STUDENTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – November 05 – Mexican federal police have arrested the mayor of Iguala, a town in southern Guerrero state, and his wife who are believed to have ordered an attack that killed six people and left 43 students missing in September, AP said.

' Mexican police detain mayor, wife in case of 43 missing students'

‘ Mexican police detain mayor, wife in case of 43 missing students’

The pre-dawn raid to seize Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, took place in Iztapalapa, a working-class neighborhood in Mexico City.

The students from a teachers’ college went missing September 26, allegedly abducted by police officers and a drug cartel.

#ANS2014 

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MEXICO CITY: ‘ AUTHORITIES UNCOVER MORE HUMAN REMAINS IN MISSING STUDENT SEARCH ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO CITY – October 28 – Mexican authorities searching for 43 missing college students have found human remains in a new area of southern Guerrero state and are testing to see if they belong to the young men who last were seen in police custody a month ago, a government official said Monday.

' Search for missing Mexico students finds more dead '

‘ Search for missing Mexico students finds more dead ‘

Authorities came upon the new location based on statements from four people arrested early Monday, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The new remains were found in Cocula, a town about 10 miles (17 kilometres) from where the students last were seen.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam confirmed the four arrests in a press conference but made no mention of more remains or mass graves.

He said some of those arrested could be members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel responsible for the actual disappearance of the students after an attack by local police.

Two of the detainees said they received a large group of people around Sept. 26, the date the students went missing, Murillo Karam said.

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‘ Army Officer and 7 Soldiers Detained for Killing 22 People ‘

#AceBreakingNews – MEXICO CITY – September 26 – An army officer and seven soldiers are being detained in connection with the killing of 22 people in rural southern Mexico, an encounter that the military initially reported as a shoot-out but that a witness later described as a massacre.  

' Killing of 22 by Army of 8 in June '

‘ Killing of 22 by Army of 8 in June ‘

The Mexican Defence Department said in a statement late Thursday that the eight were involved in the June 30 incident in San Pedro Limon, but did not specify how Associated press reported.  

They were being held at a prison in Mexico City on charges of crimes against military discipline, disobedience and dereliction of duty.

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‘ Federal and State Police Raid Home in Zamora and Rescue 458 Children Suffering Sexual Abuse ‘

#AceWorldNews MEXICO CITY (Michoacan) – July 16 – Federal and state police officers raided a group home Tuesday in the western state of Michoacan and rescued 458 children who were forced to beg for money and suffered sexual abuse while being held against their will in filthy conditions, Mexico‘s top prosecutor said (AP)

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Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said police also rescued 138 adults from the Great Family group home in the city of Zamora.

The group home residents were kept in deplorable conditions, fed rotten food and made to sleep on the floor among rats, ticks and fleas and many of them were never allowed to leave the premises, Murillo Karam said at a news conference attended by top federal investigators and Michoacan Gov. Salvador Jara.

“I’m in utter dismay because we weren’t expecting the conditions we found at the group home,” Jara said.

Police detained the home’s owner, Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, and eight workers for questioning, Murillo Karam said.

#ANS2014

 

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` Mexican Government States Vigilante Groups Have Until May 10 To Register Their Guns ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO CITY  – May 10 – The Mexican government says vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan will have until May 10 to register their guns and decide whether to join the army’s “rural defence corps.”

The government had made little headway in a plan announced in January to put the estimated 20,000-strong vigilante force in the western state of Michoacan under the control of the army.

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But the government commission for Michoacan said late Monday it had agreed to extend the deadline for joining the rural defense corps, a little-used, century-old body that armed farm workers to fight bandits and uprisings in the countryside.

The heavily armed “self-defense” groups have posed a thorny problem for the government. While they have earned popularity by driving the vicious Knights Templar drug cartel out of many parts of Michoacan, some of the vigilantes themselves have been accused of looting and killing.

Dozens of others remain in jail on charges of carrying weapons such as assault rifles that are prohibited for civilian use.

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` Earthquake Magnitude 7.5 Hits Western States of ` Guerrero Mexico ‘ No Reports of Major Damage ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO CITY – April 18 – A magnitude 7.5 quake hit Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, Reuters said.

The powerful earthquake was centred in the western state of Guerrero, north of the beach resort of Acapulco, according to the US Geological Survey.

There were no reports of major damage.

#ANS2014

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` Mexico Passenger Bus Collides with Broken Down Truck and Bursts into Flames and Kills 33 People ‘

#AceWorldNews – VERACRUZ, MEXICO – A passenger bus collided with a broken-down truck and burst into flames, killing at least 33 people Sunday in southern Mexico, the Veracruz state government reported.

The federal highway department said the bus was travelling from the Tabasco state capital of Veracruz to Mexico City when the crash occurred (AP)

The emergency director for Veracruz’s Civil Defence agency, Ricardo Maza Limon, said the victims apparently burned to death inside the bus.

He said at least four people are known to have survived and officials were working to determine the identities of those who died.

The bus was en route to Mexico City after leaving Villahermosa in the state of Tabasco when it slammed into a truck and caught fire. Four others were injured in the accident according to the Veracruz state government (Reuters)

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