Criminal complaint filed against Matamoros rights defender

A criminal complaint has been filed in the Mexican border city of Matamoros against Luz Mar├şa Gonz├ílez Armenta, leader of Defense and Promotion of Human Rights-Emiliano Zapata (DEPRODHEZAC), weeks after she was detained at a political protest. Gonz├ílez was arrested March 30 at a vigil outside the municipal presidency office demanding the return alive of a local youth who has been “disappeared” since late January. She was freed after ten hours, but on April 19 Matamoros Juridical Sub-Director Mois├ęs Araujo Olmos submitted a formal complaint to the Tamaulipas state prosecutor accusing Gonz├ílez of making death threats against him and calling for criminal charges. The complaint notes that Gonz├ílez is a local organizer of the Zapatista rebels’ “Other Campaign” civil initiative and its “Sixth Commission” organizing body, charging that “these groups have contact with arms, death, and are dedicated to any dangerous situation.” It further charges that she is involved in “delinquency and drugs.” Gonz├ílez, for her part, has filed charges accusing Araujo Olmos of abuse of authority. (Special to WW4R)

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