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Dozens of Protestants Refused Re-Entry to Village in Chiapas After Being Expelled

Christian Today
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January 29, 2015

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has expressed disappointment over the Mexican government's failure to uphold religious freedom of 47 Protestants who were expelled from Chiapas state and reportedly barred from re-entry because of their religious beliefs.

The group, currently living in temporary homes on the grounds of a church in Comitan de Dominguez, were kicked out of the Buenavista Bahuitz village in Chiapas in 2012 because they were not Roman Catholics, religious rights organisation CSW said.

However, recent negotiations among the state government village leaders and the displaced Protestants led to an agreement that they may return safely to their homes without having to convert to Catholicism.

According to CSW, the group tried to return to the village on January 20 in the company of state officials but were refused entry by villagers who demanded their conversion to Catholicism or the payment of the a "extremely high" fine. Failing to do so, the group was forced to return to Comitan de Dominguez.

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