Bishop calls on state to protect citizens in Jamiltepec following murder of environmental activist

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The Bishop of Puerto Escondido has called on the state to protect environmentalists in response to the violence against activists in Paso de la Reyna in the municipality of Jamiltepec.

Florencio Armando Colín Cruz spoke out in particular against the murder of Filogonio Martinez Merino on October 26. 

“We also join the voices of 238 social and civil organizations, as well as many other people from all over Mexico, who demand that the Mexican state adopt the necessary measures to guarantee access to justice in this community, which has been hit by violence.”

In a communiqué signed by Bishop Colín and priests of the Coast region, they demanded “the effective protection of the communities that are under siege through an integral public policy by means of coordinated inter-institutional actions that generate conditions for the full exercise of the collective rights of the indigenous peoples, and especially for the inhabitants of Paso de la Reyna.”

The Diocese of Puerto Escondido also emphasized that protection measures for environmentalists of Paso de la Reyna have not been fully implemented by the government, a situation that has led to an increase in violence. 

“We say to the people of Paso de la Reyna that they are not alone . . . we accompany them, we embrace them, to continue walking together, with full confidence that God the Father takes part in this context, hears their demands and sees the injustices against his people.”

Filogonio Martínez had served as commissioner of the Paso de la Reyna ejido and was also a longtime opponent of the Río Verde hydroelectric project. He was the latest to have been murdered since 2021.

He was predeceased by fellow activists Fidel Heras Cruz, Noé Robles Cruz, Raymundo Robles Riaño, Gerardo Mendoza Reyes and Jaime Jiménez Ruiz.

With reports from El Universal

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