In Western Mexico, ten indigenous musicians have been shoot and burned in an ambush. The members of the Nahuas indigenous group were returning home from a party when they were attacked in Chilapa in Guerrero state. The víctimas were all men and vary in age from 15 to 42.
The Los Ardillos cartel, frequently target indigenous people in that area have been accused of this horrific act of violence.
David Sanchez Luna the co-ordinator of the regional group said the victims were returning home to their community in Alcozacan when the gunman opened fire on their vehicle at around 14:00 local time.
Authorities refused to release the bodies to their families because the bodies were beyond recognition when they found them.
The Guerrero prosecutor’s office is investigating the case. Guerrero is one of the most violent states in Mexico. Drug gangs fight over control of the trafficking routes to the Pacific.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is trying to go the non-confrontational route when it comes to the cartels. His focus is on tackling inequality central to his efforts under a new policy “abrazos, no balazos” hugs not bullets. Unfortunately, the policy does not seem to be very effective.
(Cover photo and source BBC)