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Union Leader Gunned Down in Southern Mexico

By • Aug 19th, 2010 • Category: News & Analysis


Source: Latin America Herald Tribune
OAXACA, Mexico – An official of a school employees union was gunned down Tuesday in this southern Mexican city, the Oaxaca state Attorney General’s Office said.

Tomas Matus Matus was killed on the north side of Oaxaca city, the state capital.

The press secretary for Matus’ union, Cuauhtemoc Perez Angeles, demanded a thorough investigation of the murder of his colleague.

Oaxaca’s governor-elect, Gabino Cue, said the impoverished state is not inherently violent and demanded that outgoing Gov. Ulises Ruiz “seek a solution” to a spate of incidents going back several months.

Matus’ murder follows the slaying last weekend of eight young men who were out rabbit hunting in the Papaloapan basin, an area on Oaxaca’s border with the neighboring state of Veracruz.

In April, two activists – one of them a Finnish citizen – were killed while traveling with a humanitarian caravan to a strife-torn Indian community in Oaxaca.

Cue, the candidate of a broad right-left coalition, will take office Dec. 1, succeeding the controversial Ruiz, who is accused of corruption and using violence against political opponents. EFE

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