They were aiming for a jackpot. Winning a winning ticket from the raffle of the presidential plane in Mexico was a stroke of good luck that fell to the inhabitants of José María Morelos y Pavón, in the southern state of Chiapas. However, it was only the beginning of a terrible nightmare.
There are at least 28 indigenous families, who have been displaced by a criminal group for refusing to buy high-caliber weapons with the money obtained from the symbolic presidential plane raffle.
In the municipality of Ocosingo the educational center Jose maria morelos and pavon won 20 million pesos (approximately $ 945,000) on September 15, 2020. The National Lottery raffle raffled the equivalent of the price of the presidential aircraft in Mexico that the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has not yet been able to sell .
Marcelo Santiz, spokesman for the displaced, explained to the media that the armed group of the Petules established between the towns of Nacimiento and San Marcos of the Carrizal ejido, they have frightened and dispossessed the inhabitants of the region for not giving them the money.
“The ordeal began when we were notified that the José María Morelos y Pavón school was the winner with a piece of the presidential plane for the amount of 20 million pesos, on September 15, 2020, from that moment the threats and corruption began de los Petules, ”said Santiz.
The representative pointed out that in early 2021 the attacks intensified. Then, on March 16, they tried to assassinate an auxiliary agent so that he would present the award won by the school.
Meanwhile, last October, children, women and the elderly in the area were attacked. For this reason, at least 28 families fled to different parts of the jungle to protect their lives.
“We lost more than 250 head of cattle, houses, refrigerators, corn, beans and poultry crops and they took away our bank card, losing the right to all government benefits,” said the spokesman.
The Government and the Attorney General of Chiapas have already been alerted to the situation; However, the families denounce that there is no progress and requested the prompt intervention of the governor, Rutilio Escandón.
The displaced added that as long as the criminal group is not disintegrated, they will not be able to return to their homes or work their land.
The raffle was born as an occurrence of President López Obrador who wanted to raffle off his predecessor’s plane Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), but the cash equivalent was finally drawn.
He is a Mexican politician and lawyer who served as President of Mexico from December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2018.
He is a lawyer from the Universidad Panamericana and a master in business administration from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
With information from EFE