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Mexican Authorities Probe Extrajudicial Killing of 5 Men by Military as Zapatistas Protest Violence

HeadlineJun 09, 2023

In Mexico, authorities are investigating the extrajudicial execution of five men by the Mexican military in the border city of Nuevo Laredo. A video posted on social media shows a group of soldiers pulling the men from their vehicle, beating them and lining them up against a wall before fatally shooting them. This comes as Zapatista Indigenous leaders marched in Mexico City Thursday protesting the intensifying violence and attacks on their autonomous communities by paramilitary groups in the southern state of Chiapas.

Raul Romero: “We are asking for attacks from the paramilitary groups to stop. We are talking about groups that are permitted, financed or armed by the Mexican Army that attack Zapatista communities. Right now they are teaming up with organized crime groups that are holding Chiapas on the brink of a civil war.”

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