Blast from the Past VOM Mexico: Los LLanos Group Living in Exile Still

Voice of the Martyrs Director's Blog: Mexico

SEEN HERE ARE THE MAJORITY OF INDIGENA EVANGELICAL BELIEVERS WHO WERE EXPELLED FROM THEIR COMMUNITIES OF LOS LLANOS AND SAN GREGORIO IN CHIAPAS, MEXICO AFTER THEY WERE ATTACKED BY NEIGHBORS , THEIR HOUSES DESTROYED, WATER AND LIGHTS CUT, AND DISPOSSESSED OF ALL THEIR BELONGINGS, LAND, ANIMALS, AND CROPS.

AUTHORITIES IN LOS LLANOS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF SAN CRISTOBAL, AND SAN GREGORIO IN HUIXTAN WHO OPENLY ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR AFILIATION WITH THE ZAPATISTA MOVEMENT AND THEIR POLITICAL WING, LA OTRA CAMPAÑA, BELIEVE THAT THEIR INDIGENOUS CUSTOMS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER THE MEXICAN CONSTITUTION, AND THAT ALL THEIR INHABITANTS MUST NOT ONLY SUPPORT THE MORE THAN A DOZEN TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS BUT ALSO PARTICIPATE IN THE PAGAN RITUALS COMBINED WITH CATHOLIC RITES, THE ALCOHOLIC DRINKING AND IN GIVING OFFERINGS TO THEIR GODS AND SAINTS, AND IN PAYING A CUOTA FOR EACH MALE 14 YEARS OLD AND UP.

THIS IS A HARDSHIP FOR EVANGELICALS WHO ARE…

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