Religious persecution has long been documented in the southern state of Chiapas, with concentrations being in the municipalities of Chamula, Zinacantan, San Cristobal de las Casas, Huixtan, Las Margaritas, Comitan, La Trinitaria, Altamirano, and Ocosingo with cases also being reported in Carranza, Palenque, and Tila amongst others.
Typically the cases occur in Indigena communities but not always. Two cases, one in Yashtinin, and the other in Matamoros are not Indigenous communities.
The problems usually occur when former Catholic members leave their local church to exercise their newfound Evangelical faith, and begin rejecting former practices and beliefs… and also what their communitiy requires of them that specifically relates to religious practices: either traditionalist or Catholic.
Most know there will be a price to pay, and that they will be persecuted for the life changing decision they have taken on. Tribal or community identity is tied to tribal animistic rituals and the Catholicism mixed with them, or what is called folklore / popular Catholicism, and also to the attempts by the Catholic arch-diocese and paroquial authorities and catequists to bring Indigena communities into line with traditional Roman Catholic teaching.
There are now up to 70 documented cases in Chiapas, not resolved or attended to, and others that were left with loose ends.