Mexican Government Withdraws Protection For High-Profile Murder Witness; Links to Ayotzinapa Case (9/8/2016)

Red Solidaria visits NYC 9/9-9/12 The daughter of slain activist Arturo Hernandez' murdered by the mayor of Iguala, Guerrero, the same mayor connected to the Ayotzinapa disappearance, will be visiting NYC with Red Solidaria Decada Contra La Impunidad.

Jose Luis Abarca durante su arresto.
Jose Luis Abarca was arrested weeks after the forced disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students Foto: Public Domain

La Cartita/Comunidad En Apoyo A Red Solidaria - Sept. 7, 2016: New York City, NY - The Mexican government has withdrawn protection from a special witness of Arturo Hernandez' murder. While Jose Luis Abarca is actually being held in a jail for the murder of Arturo Hernandez, a social activist and Abarca is also linked to the disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students. The Mexican federal protection provided to Mendoza Villa has been withdrawn. He may be murdered for providing this crucial testimony. Mendoza Villa is continously threatened by unnamed actors likely linked to the state. Even when provided state protection, the men and women in Mendoza Vila's security detail were found to be doing a less than adequate job despite their mandate eminating from the Inter American Comission of Human Rights.

Additionally, Soledad Hernandez, the daughter of Arturo Hernandez Cardona, an activist murdered by the mayor of Iguala, Guerrero, Jose Luis Abarca, the same mayor who presided over the state-sponsored forced disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students, is currently visiting Washington D.C. to discuss her father's case at the Organization of American States. She will also visit New York City from September 9-11 under the auspices of Red Solidaria Decada Contra La Impunidad, a Mexican human rights organization. Red Solidaria's mission is to increase the visibility of various human rights abuses committed by the Mexican government and to provide legal advice to victims. Red Solidaria is representing Hernandez along with other victims of distinct rights abuses at the OAS and in events to be held in New York City from September 9 through 11.