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Monday November 11, 2013

Mexican Peasant Leader Who Fought for Hurricane Manuel Relief Gunned Down

Mexican Peasant Leader Who Fought for Hurricane Manuel Relief Gunned Down

Photo: Luis Olivares Enriquez

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Mexican police found a grassroots leader and his wife fatally shot inside their home in the southern state of Guerrero.

Neighbors of Luis Olivares Enriquez and Ana Lilia Gatica called police after hearing shots Sunday morning. The crime took place in Coyuca de Benitez, near the Pacific resort city of Acapulco.

Olivares, who led the OPPCG farmers organization, asked Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre to expedite the restoration of electricity to the Fuerte Emiliano Zapata neighborhood, without power since Hurricane Manuel battered the state in late September.

The killings of Olivares and his wife came eight days after a cousin of the OPPCG chief was gunned down in the same neighborhood, media accounts noted.

The people who killed David Romero Tellez - a criminal gang calling itself La Santa Muerte (Holy Death) - left a message at the scene containing threats against Olivares, whose request to the state government for protection went unheeded.

Fifteen activists have been slain so far during Aguirre’s tenure as Guerrero governor and none of those crimes has resulted in an arrest.

Gangs are preventing aid from reaching victims of Hurricane Manuel in southern Mexico, with most of the problems in Guerrero state, Reforma newspaper reported last month.

Guerrero, where more than 100 people were killed, dozens are listed as missing and extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure occurred, was the state most affected by the storm.

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