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Ayotzinapa Activist Found Dead
Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:30

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Ayotzinapa Activist Found Dead
Activist Miguel Angel Jimenez Blanco was found dead Saturday in an apparent assassination.
Activist Miguel Angel Jimenez Blanco was found dead Saturday in an apparent assassination. | Photo: EFE

Published 9 August 2015

Miguel Angel Jimenez Blanco, involved in the search for the 43 forcibly disappeared Mexican students, was found dead Saturday.

Mexican security officials revealed Saturday that Miguel Angel Jimenez Blanco, an activist who was involved in the search for the 43 forcibly disappeared students from the Ayotzinapa teachers' training college, was found dead in a rural area of the state of Guerrero.

Jimenez was a founder of the Citizens Security System of the Union of Peoples and Organization from the State of Guerrero. He had been delegated to work with relatives and supporters of the missing students shortly after they were first reported missing.

Mexican newspaper La Jornada reported that David Cienfuegos Salgado, interior minister for the state of Guerrero, confirmed that the body of Jimenez had been found but did not provide any additional details regarding the death.

The body of Jimenez was found in the driver's seat of a taxi. Residents told local media that he had been ambushed while driving to his home in the municipality of Xaltianguis.

The ability of the Mexican state to provide security in the country has come under scrutiny as the on-going armed conflict between the state and rival organized crime organizations continues to claim victims.

The safety and security of activists and journalists is also increasingly questioned in light of the murder of journalists Ruben Espinoza, Nadia Vera, and 3 others in their apartment in Mexico City earlier this month.

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​The photojournalist, who was working for Mexican investigative magazine Proceso, had recently fled the southwestern state of Veracruz, claiming the government was threatening him. Veracruz one of the two most deadly Mexican states to be a journalist, along with Chihuahua, which lies on the border with the United States.
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20 New Forced Disappearances Reported in Mexican State

The municipal police in a town of the violent state of Guerrero are accused of disappearing 20 people, including women and children.

The municipal police in a town of the violent state of Guerrero are accused of disappearing 20 people, including women and children. | Photo: Reuters

Published 11 August 2015

Women and children are among 20 people reportedly forcibly disappeared.

According to the Regional Security and Justice Coordinator and Popular Citizens Police (CRSJ-PCP), a municipal government in the violent Mexican state of Guerrero and local political party the Antorcha (Torch) Campesina, an offshoot of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), forcibly disappeared 20 people, including women and children.

“The enforced disappearances took place on Sunday and we hold municipal and state authorities responsible for the outcome of this incident,” reported the local nongovernmental organization.

According to CRSJ-PCP, the forced disappearances took place in San Antonio Coyahuacan in the Olinala municipality, about 100 miles southeast of Iguala, where the 43 Ayotzinapa students were attacked Sept. 16, 2014 and allegedly handed over to a drug gang.

San Antonio is also located 150 miles north of Acapulco, the third most dangerous city in the world. Fifteen people were killed in the city over the weekend, including activist Miguel Angel Jimenez, who led a search team looking for the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students and 257 other victims of forced disappearances.

“We fear for the lives of our comrades. The municipal government of Olinala says it has nothing to do with these disappearances, but its police brandish their AK-47s along with the Antorchista (members of the PRI Antorcha Campesina), who are the same anyway,” the organization said.

“These acts are repulsive and represent a stupid provocation, and if this is sanctioned by the state government then we are talking about political dementia,” the statement added.

The community group also accused the government of using Antorcha Campesina to carry out aggressions against the people, including forced disappearances.

Citlali Perez, leader of the CRSJ-PCP, called on the government to immediately release the 20 people forcibly disappeared.

The group said the local, state and federal government reject the existence of the local community police PCP. However, many argue they have increased security to a region that was deep in despair as a result of official negligence.

According to the CRSJ, the conflict in the region is also about land, as Antorcha Campesina wants to illegally take over the land commissioner's office.

WATCH: 15 People Gunned Down in Guerrero, Including an Ayotzinapa Activist


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Mexican Women Raise Alarm over Femicide Spike in Guerrero State
Women march against gender violence in Mexico.
Women march against gender violence in Mexico. | Photo: Clayton Conn

Published 25 July 2015

In the last 11 days alone, 11 women have been murdered in the southern state of Guerrero’s Acapulco, according to women's organizations.

Women's groups in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, where 43 students were forcible disappeared 10 months ago, have called for a gender alert to be issued following a recent spike in fatal violence against women in the coastal city of Acapulco.

In just 11 days since July 13, at least 11 women have been killed in the coastal area and popular tourist destination, the local gender equality organization Women in Power Foundation reported.

“Femicide violence: The risk of being a woman in Mexico.”

According to Women in Power Foundation's President Silvia Galeana Valente, although the organization has documented 65 murders of women in the state of Guerrero, the attorney general's office recognizes less than one third of the femicides, recording just 20 murders of women in official statistics.

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In light of the recent increase in violence against women, Galeana told EFE that local women's organizations plan to submit a formal request to the governor of Guerrero state to issue an alert on the gender-based attacks.

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Galeana said the lack of response women's rights advocates have received in their attempts to gain access to information and raise alarm on the dire gender violence situation with other institutions, including the attorney general's office, has pushed local organizations to take the issue to the state government level.

“Mexico ranks 23rd in the world in femicides.”

Women's organizations have warned that without a gender alert and other action, statistics of femicide are likely to keep climbing in Guerrero state.

Guerrero has been embattled in several violent incidents that have drawn international attention since the forced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students last fall, including disappearances, discoveries of mass graves, homicides, and femicides.

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According to official statistics, over the past 28 years in Mexico more than 44,000 women have been murdered, though few perpetrators have been brought to justice. Rampant impunity fuels femicide and other violence against women.

“95% of femicides in Mexico go unpunished.”

In the violent state of Sinaloa, a state legislator announced this week that the rate of femicide has increased by 110 percent in the last two decades, with 358 cases of femicide reported since 2011 alone.

A recent report found that Guerrero has been the third most violent state by homicides in 2015 after Mexico State and Guanajato, registering 831 murders in the first four months of this year alone.

An average of nearly 100 people are killed each day in Mexico.

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