Mexican Town Expels 70 Protestants
DE LAS CASAS, Mexico (AP) -- One of Mexico's most
The expulsions, announced
late Thursday, are the latest incidents in a 25-year
Authorities have sometimes
brought a pause in expulsions, but they have failed to
``We want to return to our
houses because we have nothing,'' said Mateo
Those expelled this week are evangelical Protestants -- a rapidly growing group in Chiapas. And village leaders even place strict limits on what type of Catholic priests visit.
Chamula, just north of San
Cristobal in southern Chiapas state, is populated by
Its religion blends Catholicism
with Mayan beliefs and practices, which include the sipping of a
potent alcohol called posh during prayers in the township's only
Many Protestants and some foreign Catholics object to mandatory village taxes and duties to support religious festivals involving mass drunkenness.
Critics also complain that
town leaders' insistence on unity extends to demands
Past expulsions have sometimes involved beatings, house-burnings and rapes.
Refugees from the village
have often clashed with Chamula loyalists, sometimes
|contact us | latest newsletter | all newsletters | homepage | happenings | links | audio greeting|