Land Rights Activists Assassinated in Mexico

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Land Rights Activists Assassinated in Mexico
By: Associated Press
06 August 2013

ACAPULCO, Mexico—Two leftist activists were found shot to death on Mexico`s southern Pacific coast and a third is missing, a local leader said Tuesday.

The two men were found with their hands bound and gunshot wounds to their heads Monday near Coyuca de Benitez, a town west of Acapulco.

The Emiliano Zapata Revolutionary Agrarian League said victims Raymundo Velazquez Flores and Samuel Vargas Ramirez were members of the group, which was founded by leftist guerrilla leader Genaro Vazquez in the 1960s.

League leader Luis Olivares said a third activist from the group has been missing since Monday.

They had been involved in efforts to obtain greater government support for farmers, and in building support for the Mexican Communist Party.

The deaths follow the killing of an environmental activist last week in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

The governmental National Human Rights Commission said over the weekend that it is investigating the homicide of Noe Vazquez Ortiz Friday in a rural area of Veracruz.

Vazquez Ortiz belonged to an anti-dam movement, whose members say that government plans to build dams threaten the country`s rivers and the villages that depend on them.

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