Oxchuc rejects restoration of mayor
Indigenous Tseltal residents of Oxchuc Municipio in Chiapas demonstrate against reinstating María Gloria as mayor.
By: Isaín Mandujano
With a multitudinous mobilization, thousands of indigenous Tseltals of Oxchuc rejected María Gloria Sánchez Gómez’ attempt this Wednesday to be restored to her position as mayor, as ordered by the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF); they supported the substitute mayor, Oscar Gómez López.
Coming from 115 communities, since very early, thousands of indigenous started to arrive in the municipal capital of Oxchuc. The traditional and civil authorities with the staff of command in hand concentrated at the town’s principal entrance from where they marched to the central plaza.
With banners and chants, thousands of indigenous marched, headed by Oscar Gómez López, the current mayor of that municipio, and the president of the permanent peace and conciliation commission, Juan Encinos Gómez.
The Indigenous arrived in the plaza where they held a meeting in which they declared that they would not permit María Gloria Sánchez Gómez to be reinstated in her position as mayor, as the TEPJF ordered last August 31.
The Indigenous denounced that from their writing it seems the magistrates are totally ignorant of the reality that the municipio experiences, for which reason it concerns them not to respect that decision and that, should she take up authority, “María Gloria and all of them” will be thrown out.
Juan Encinos Gómez said that those that mobilized were around 25,000. The plaza was full of indigenous Tseltal men and women who in unison stated their rejection of María Gloria Sánchez, the mayor supported by the PVEM.
Along with María Gloria Sánchez, they expressed their repudiation of her husband, the PRI member Norberto Sántiz, who has also twice been mayor, a former federal deputy. The two of them maintained a political boss [cacique] system for almost 15 years in that indigenous municipio.
The mayor that the people of Oxchuc support, Oscar Gómez López, said that he would serve in the position until the indigenous people of the 115 communities make a determination, because he took office under the principle of “mandar obedeciendo” (govern obeying). 
Although it had been speculated that today the indigenous would demolish the houses of María Gloria Sánchez and her closest collaborators who were expelled from the town, that didn’t happen.
But before this huge mobilization, the Network for Effective Parity (Repare, Its Spanish acronym) criticized local authorities for continuing to disrespect the TEPJF’s decision and for not making the least attempt to restore María Gloria Sánchez Gómez to her position. To the contrary, with these marches and mobilizations they have let the hatred continue to increase against the women who were displaced from their positions and from that municipio.
Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Re-published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee
Posted with minor amendments by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity