Water to flow, cooling Mexican religious dispute
The two religious groups in San Nicolas Ixmiquilpan, located in the central
Hidalgo, about 90 miles (150 km) from Mexico City, had been at loggerheads for
decades over the payment of community dues.
The conflict peaked in March, when the Catholic-dominated town government
cut off water for the evangelicals and threatened to run them out of town for
refusing to help pay for celebrations marking Catholic saints' days.
Now the water seems set to flow again. In exchange for the resumption of
service, the evangelicals agreed to make community payments for nonreligious
events and to drop lawsuits against the Catholics, the Interior Ministry said.
The warring groups also vowed -- in the presence of Hidalgo Gov. Manuel
Angel Nunez and other officials -- to respect each other's customs so long as
they did not violate basic human rights, the ministry said.
After shutting off the water, the town had given the evangelicals a deadline
June 15 to pay community dues before being evicted, though the government
said the deadline was later withdrawn.
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