Mexico: Protestants forcibly displaced

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Four protestant Christians were forcibly displaced on Sunday 28 July by leaders in the village of Cuamontax Huazalingo in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Community leaders told the victims that the expulsion was the consequence of their failure to sign an agreement that bans Protestants from entering the village, and because of a press conference held by their lawyer last week in which he accused the government of failing to act despite clear violations of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB).

Community leaders attacked the homes of Gilberto Badillo, his adult son Uriel Badillo and their wives on Sunday 28 July while they were not home. All their belongings were removed and the doors and windows of the houses were broken to make the homes inhabitable. The family, who belong to the Baptist Missionary denomination, a registered religious association in Mexico, has sought refuge in a nearby city.