Mario Gomez, a correspondent with El Heraldo de Chiapas in Yajalon, southern Mexico, was murdered Friday – the ninth to be killed so far this year.
The Indigenous Wixarika Marakame, spiritual leader and community security council member Margarito Diaz Gonzalez has been murdered in his home in Aguamilpa, Nayarit, western Mexico.
People close to Diaz Gonzalez said he was at home with his wife when someone knocked on the door on Saturday. He was then shot in the face as he opened it. Despite being an important figure in his community, both in spiritual and political terms, the police didn’t open an investigation. It wasn’t until his funeral on Tuesday that the news emerged, putting pressure on the government.
It is not yet clear who killed him, but a powerful logging mafia has repeatedly targeted the tribe for its work protecting both its rainforest home, and the uncontacted members of a neighboring tribe, the Awá, who also live there, and face catastrophe unless their land is protected.
Eliseo Delgado and Zenon Cocula, elected officials with Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s National Renewal Movement (Morena) party, were executed Friday by unknown shooters in Mexico.
Ramírez said Hernández González is the third person to be abducted and killed from Sierra Sur. One victim, the Codedi spokesperson says, was a 17-year-old who was taken last February.
Several cities around the world joined Colombia’s vigil Friday to protest the systematic murder of social and community leaders.
General Walter Braga Netto, leader of Brazil’s federal intervention in the state of Rio de Janeiro, has aligned himself with the country’s Senate-imposed president Michel Temer and issued a call for no information to be released to the public from the investigation into the assassination of Black activist and city councilwoman Marielle Franco.
According to another local journalist, Pedro Canche, Chan Dzib worked closely with police as a crime reporter with Playa News and belonged to the third generation of the Quintana Roo Police School. He also contributed to several print media outlets.
Mexico experienced a bloody day with the murder of some 5 people in Oaxaca. Among the deceased is a Morena candidate for local deputy, Emigdio López Avendaño, who was seeking a seat in Congress in the 21st district.
“MKs from the Left are actually those who wish to privatize the suffering and disconnect the cause from the effect … The responsibility for the suffering of the women in the Gaza Strip lies solely with Israel. After Israel destroyed the infrastructure and the agriculture in Gaza, it dictates to the people there how and where to eat,” she added in rage.
Zoabi went on with her charge. “You all should be boycotted. The people in Gaza are refugees, their land is in Israel. Those murdered by the soldiers are not being accounted for. Democracy is a nightmare in the Knesset,” she accused.
Electoral campaigns in Mexico suffered another casualty on Friday with the murder of Jose Remedios Aguirre Sanchez, a mayoral candidate from the same coalition as presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, commonly known as AMLO.
Mazlan said the lecturer had also served as an imam at a mosque near the condominium where he had lived with his wife and three children.
Mazlan said a recording of a closed-circuit television camera near the scene showed the two assailants waiting for about 20 minutes for the lecturer to emerge from the condominium.
“We believe the lecturer was their target because two other individuals walked by the place earlier unharmed. We will view the recordings of all the CCTV in the area to identify the suspects and get the registration number of the motorcycle,” he said.
He said the police were looking into the motive for the killing from all angles, including the possible involvement of Daesh terrorists.
According to Palestinian news websites, Fadi al-Batash was ambushed at the entrance to a mosque and shot at close range by two unidentified motorcyclists who fled. The victim’s family blames the Mossad