Today in Latin American History
Mexican Authorities Uncovered Mass Graves Containing 193 Bodies in 2011
Today in Latin American history, in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, over 193 bodies were exhumed from several mass graves made by Los Zetas in 2011.
Authorities investigating the massacre reported numerous hijackings of passenger buses on Mexican Federal Highway 101 in San Fernando, and the kidnapped victims were later killed and buried in 47 clandestine mass graves.
Reports mentioned that kidnapped victims were forced to fight to the death with other hostages, similar to a “gladiator fight from ancient Rome,” where they were given knives, hammers, machetes, and clubs to find recruits who were willing to kill for their lives.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian statesman and geologist José Bonifácio de Andrade e Silva died in 1838
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Bolivia Alfredo Ovando Candía who was in office 1965-66 was born in 1918
- Today in LatAm history, the current President of Ecuador Rafael Correa who has been in office since 2007 was born in 1963