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Some See Sexism, Xenophobia in Reaction to Murders of Five in Mexico City

Sofia Miselem - Agence France-Presse
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August 13, 2015

Mexico: Protests Demand Resignation of Veracruz Governor (teleSUR English )

The reaction by Mexican prosecutors and the media to the brutal killing of five people, including a prominent photojournalist, has drawn criticism from some quarters as slanted, sexist and xenophobic.

The country was shocked last Friday when four women and a man were found dead at a Mexico City apartment, killed execution-style. Some of the victims had their hands bound, their bodies bearing signs of torture. Three of the female victims had also been raped.

The murders unleashed new fears about the dangers facing journalists and activists in Mexico.

Two of the victims, photojournalist Ruben Espinosa and human rights activist Nadia Vera, had recently fled the violent state of Veracruz after being threatened and harassed. Both had been critical of Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte, a member of President Enrique Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) who has faced accusations of threatening critics.

Prosecutors have come under fire for appearing to downplay the theory that the killings were politically motivated, suggesting robbery as a motive.

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Photo: AFP/Alfredo Estrella

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