This Thursday the Mexican government apologized on behalf of the state to the victims of the massacre in the Acteal community in the mountains of the southern state of Chiapas in December 1997 by a paramilitary group in which 45 people of the Tzotzil indigenous people were murdered, the majority of them women and children.
“I accept the responsibility of the state and apologize for this premeditated and sluggish event,” said Undersecretary of State for Human Rights, Alejandro Encinas, during a ceremony at the headquarters of the government secretariat.
Encinas has pointed out that this event was “an expression of a stagnant state and ignorant of the rights and interests of the community” which even “denounced that it was hiding this tragedy by changing the scene to hold the victims accountable” .
“We are in this act to give a public apology to the victims, relatives, the Acteal community and the people of Tzotzil for this serious crime. We do it with conviction and unconditionally; we do it because of the omission and negligence of the Mexican state you have stolen hope from 45 people, “he said.