You may have heard about the massacre of 10 Mexican autodefensas in Apatzingán, Michoacán last January. Probably not. The U.S. media has completely ignored the ongoing imprisonment, torture and murder of Mexico’s citizen militias. The documentary above [click here for a translation] had no impact on America’s political, financial and military support of Mexico’s armed forces. Expect a similar reaction now that The National Human Rights Commission has declared the massacre an extrajudicial execution by the Federal Police. Their report to the Mexican government will be noted (perhaps), logged and forgotten. The war on the autodefensas continues. borderlandbeat.com reports after the jump . . .
The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) found extrajudicial executions at the hands of the Federal Police in the events of January 6 in Apatzingán, Michoacán. This was announced by the Ombudsman Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez when submitting recommendation 3VG / 2015 for serious human rights violations in the case, which is directed to the Department of Defense, the National Security Commission, the government of Michoacán and the City Hall of Apatzingán.
Excessive use of force by elements was found, which also caused the death of ten people.
Between 2:30 and 7:40 pm on January 6, 44 federal police and 287 military conducted an operation against elements of the autodefensas (self-defense). In that event, one person was killed in the parking lot of City Hall of Apatzingán. In the second event, which occurred between 7:41 and 11:31 hours, nine people were killed.
Four of those killed in a black truck had 27, 7, 7 and 8 bullets, respectively.
“The deceased were not in possession of firearms therefore posed no threat to life or physical integrity of the Federal Police or anyone else,”says the report.
The fifth person in the vehicle is also described by the CNDH as an extrajudicial execution, since he had no weapon whatsoever, he was fired upon suffering 14 bullet wounds, while witnesses said the victim raised his hands in surrender.
“The National Commissioner is collaborating with the CNDH in the complaint and complaint arises because of the serious violations of human rights in the excessive use of force that resulted in the extrajudicial killing of these people. “said the organization.
“Also, 10 people who reported having been arrested in different places next to the Municipal Palace suffered unnecessary injuries inflicted upon them.”