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Leader in Mexico orders mob to attack Christians comment (0)

November 28, 2013


OAXACA, Mexico — Traditionalist Catholics abducted, jailed and beat a group of evangelical Christians in Oaxaca, Mexico, in early November on orders from the head of a municipality, according to human rights officials.

A mob sent by San Juan Ozolotepec President Pedro Cruz Gonzalez on Nov. 4, attacked the Christian’s unfinished church structure with sledgehammers and pick-axes, and four of the Christians were jailed from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8.

Conflict between the “uses and customs” law — designed to protect the rights of indigenous communities to practice native rites — according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, “has allowed local authorities to violate the rights of members of the local communities. ... In addition, the Mexican government’s aversion to involving itself in religious issues has allowed such situations to escalate.”

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