The Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center has denounced the security forces’ repression against students at Mactumactzá Rural Normal School in Chiapas, southern Mexico, who are victims of a “repressive escalation” that includes mass arrests, sexual assault and the use of tanks. Shackles and imprisonment.
The civil organization recalled that on May 18, more than 300 students from this school “were forcibly evicted by the state police when they protested at the” Chiapa de Corzo “toll station, asking for the drafting and verification of the new entry in their school to be published call for face-to-face modality as most of the applicants are local and do not have access to virtual technological platforms. “
After the eviction, 95 students were arrested, 74 of them women, who are being processed by the Amate de Zintalapa Chiapas control court. The students have reported harassment and sexual assault by the police who have taken them into custody.
“The massive arrests of students who demand compliance with strict academic requirements are particularly serious. The demand for a human right cannot be prosecuted and punished under the pretext that someone else is protected,” said the civil group.
“Instead of privileging dialogue, the state and federal authorities have stubbornly oppressed and imprisoned them,” he added, denouncing the use of repression, “against poor students, mostly indigenous, who found the only way in this normality to gain access to get to teaching career “.
Tlachinollan therefore called for an end to the “escalation of violence caused by the state authorities” in Chiapas and for the immediate and unconditional release of the imprisoned normalist students and farmers and for police officers to be investigated for sexual assault and other excesses in the US.