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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:25 AM

Environmental activist and her son slain in Mexico

Source: Associated Press

Environmental activist and her son slain in Mexico
By Tracy Wilkinson
November 29, 2012, 1:02 p.m.

MEXICO CITY -- An environmental activist who attempted to protect Mexican forests from drug traffickers has been slain along with her 10-year-old son, even though they were under police protection, her associates said Thursday.

Juventina Villa Mojica was killed Wednesday when about 30 gunmen intercepted her police convoy in the mineral-rich hills of southern Guerrero state, colleagues said. Her son, Rey, was also killed, and a 7-year-old daughter survived, the associates said.

Her death follows the recent slayings of at least 15 other local activists, including Villa’s husband last year, in increasingly violent Guerrero. Drug traffickers in the state covet the many virgin forests both for the profitable lumber they yield and the space to plant marijuana and other crops that can be used to produce narcotics.

“They are killing these people for defending the forests,” said Manuel Olivares, an official with the Guerrero Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations.

Read more: http://www.news24.com/World/News/Mexico-environmental-activist-gunned-down-20121130

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:28 AM

1. There is HUGE INTERNATIONAL $$ behind these drug traffickers. HUGE. POLITICAL.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:33 AM

2. du rec. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:08 AM

3. I'm very sorry to hear this news

Drug users all over the world share accountability in these deaths. And governments refusing to legalize drugs do too.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:51 AM

4. There has to be , because these people are out in the open and are killing



with impunity..... I feel very sorry for the people in Mexico, and I just wish we legalized all drugs to put these monsters out of business!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:52 AM

5. Then why doesn't Guerrero follow the money of the killers. Start tracking THOSE networks.

You can't depend on intelligence agencies to give the public accurate information, even though they very well may have knowledge or even control of all the money trails.

It seems with this, as with so much else, the battles to protect the environment have to be researched, legally enforced and litigated through citizens' groups. Environmentalists have to know now who they are up against, and that they have to defensively arm themselves.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:10 AM

6. Do you think this is the wire or something?

Lots of research has been done. They had a police escort, and no courts can touch the cartels. The only way to disempower them is economically, not through force. For Christ sakes we know their weapons are superior because they got them from ATF.

Sad day for Mexican forests and Guerrero.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:56 AM

7. Instead of narco terrorists, the world needs a vigilante warrior class defending the environment.

Kind of like ELF on steriods.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:51 AM

8. These animals respect no one.

I don't know how Mexico is going to be able to eradicate them. The crimes these cartels commit are horrendous: torture, disemboweling, all sorts of mutilations, beheadings, etc.

Sickening.......

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:56 AM

9. This makes me sad and very angry

These animals need to be hunted down and killed.

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Response to pscot (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:02 PM

10. It will be up to the people of Mexico to hunt them down.

The drug business vampires have compromised the government to the point where it is too late for the government to be able to stop them.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:05 PM

11. I read elsewhere that her police escort suffered NO injuries

Which makes me think they were corrupt and just handed her over. And the "official story" is that it's her fault.

If they were any sort of protection, they would have fired back and at least injured some of the attackers.

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Response to mainer (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:30 PM

12. When the guards are the attackers

You're pretty much screwed.

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