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3 Indigenous Activists Killed in Oaxaca, Mexico
The activists were returning home after the state's government called them for a meeting.

Three young members of the Indigenous Rights Defense Committee, Codedi-Xanic, were killed Monday night as they returned home from a meeting with local authorities in Oaxaca City.

Abraham Ramirez Vasquez was driving the van back home in the southern mountains of the state of Oaxaca when armed men suddenly started shooting at them. Abraham was the only survivor and the names of those murdered have not been made public for respect to mourning families.

The attack happened near the Metate Mountain, in Miahuatlan, around 10:30 p.m. local time.

A press release by Codedi-Xanica said the activists attended a meeting with the governor of Oaxaca, Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, who called them to discuss issues regarding internal political processes in Santiago Xanica, where Ramirez is from. They left the city at 7 p.m. local time heading toward Oaxaca's coastline when they were ambushed by armed men near the Metate Mountain over three hours later.

The survivor said the hitmen were driving a green truck, were heavily armed and looked like ministerial police force.

Codedi-Xanica is an autonomous Indigenous organization working for human rights in Oaxaca, a southern state in Mexico, with a presence in over 50 communities for “autonomy on a daily basis.” It has been active for more than 20 years and is the target of continuous attacks by hitmen and official authorities. Ramirez, an Indigenous Zapotec, is one of the founding members and most prominent leaders of the organization.
Más vale pocos pelos, pero bien peinados.


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