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Indigenous brothers who defended tribal lands from drug cartels executed in Mexico

May 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Indigenous brothers who defended tribal lands from drug cartels executed in Mexico Miguel And Augustin

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Mexican authorities are investigating the slaying of two indigenous brothers and dispatched a specialize task forced to an isolated village to protect the members of the Huichol tribe, the governor of Jalisco announced on Monday.

The double murder comes in the midst of a resurgence in violence from battling drug cartels and comes after a string of unsolved slayings of reporters and activists this year that has raised concerns of increasing violence.

One of the brothers, Miguel Vazquez, was a Huichol leader responsible for protecting 593,000 acres of native land in Jalisco, the University of Guadalajara, that once worked with him on a cultural program, revealed.

Miguel Vasquez was the leader of the Huichol tribe was executed by cartel hitmen

Vazquez had helped resist cattle ranchers that infringed on Huichol lands and said that drug traffickers were trying to force farmers to grow poppy to produce heroin. His brother, Agustin, was also a defender of the tribal lands.

The brothers’ suspected murderers are members of a criminal group that operates on the border of Jalisco and Zacatecas states, according to the prosecutors’ office of Jalisco.

One of the victims succumbed to his injuries in the hospital after armed men shot him on Saturday. The second brother was shot and killed as he left the hospital that same night.

Agustín Vázquez Torres who was was a Human Rights activist was also executed along with his brother

Jalisco is home to the rapidly growing Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which is reportedly Mexico’s biggest drug organization.

In January, Isidro Baldenegro, the head of the Tarahumara tribe and a leading environmental activist, was fatally shot in the state of Chihuahua.

The University of Guadalajara called on authorities, at both the local and national levels, to pay particular attention to indigenous leaders because of the risks they face in isolated regions with inadequate policing.

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