(Evangelical Focus) — Although recent state government reports indicate that in Chiapas, Mexico the problems due to religious differences are being adequately addressed, religious intolerance continues—especially affecting evangelical Christians.
At the end of September, evangelical Christians in the region suffered a new attack after the death of an evangelical woman. Village authorities in Ranchera Yocnajab (state of Chiapas) did not allow the family to bury her body in the local cemetery because they had not cooperated in the local Catholic festivities.
After the refusal of the representatives of the Ranchería (the local administration), the relatives were forced to find a place to bury her in the city of Comitán, where they received authorization for the funeral.
Seventeen evangelical families in the village have refused to contribute to the religious festival for several years now. In an effort to force their participation, local authorities have cut off their access to water and other basic services since 2016.