Mexico: double assassination of indigenous leaders

The Emiliano Zapata Popular and Indigenous Council of Guerrero (CIPOG-EZ) is calling upon the United Nations to investigate following the assassination of two leaders of the organization. The bodies of José Lucio Bartolo Faustino and Modesto Verales Sebastián were found May 5 in the town of Chilapa de Alvarez, where they had days earlier been abducted on a road by unknown gunmen. Both were leaders of the Nahua indigenous community in Chilapa municipality, had served as representatives to the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), and had promoted the 2017 presidential candidacy of María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, known as “Marichuy,” a Nahua woman who won the support of both the CNI and Mexico’s Zapatista rebels. Both were abducted when they were returning to their communities in outlying villages of Chilapa municipality from a meeting of indigenous leaders in the Guerrero state capital, Chilpancingo. (Enlace ZapatisaSomos el Medio, Prensa Latina)

The neighboring state of Oaxaca had days earlier seen the latest in the ongoing wave of killings of journalists in Mexico. Telésforo Santiago Enríquez, a retired teacher and founder of community radio station El Cafetal in the politically divided village of San Agustín Loxicha, was found shot to death in a car in Juchitán. He was also politically active and a member of local Section 22 of the National Coordinator for Education Workers (CNTE). Perversely, he was killed on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, May 3. He was the seventh media worker to be killed during President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador‘s administration, by the government’s own count. (Committee to Protect Journalists, TRT World)

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