Mexican authorities in the state of Veracruz are reporting that early this morning a local newspaper office was set ablaze with approximately 20 employees inside it.
The newspaper, El Buen Tono in Cordoba had only been in business for a month and had already come under fire for pointing out the failings of local authorities in the town. According to reports 15 armed individuals easily overtook the guard on duty and quickly spread gasoline inside the entrance, editorial and advertising offices.
Mexican authorities are reporting no injures in spite of the facility being doused with gasoline. Owner and publisher, Jose Abella Garcia is a former mayoral candidate of the PAN party. He posted on his twitter account (translated from Spanish) “They torched my newspaper, but they haven’t won this one.”
Cordoba, founded in 1618, is located in the middle of the state and has historical significance in that the Plan of Iguala was signed there confirming Mexico’s independence from Spain.