November 8th, 2013
Mexico’s local authorities’ association say a mayor allegedly threatened by drug gangs in the western state of Michoacan has been killed. Ygnacio Lopez Mendoza, who headed the small town of Santa Ana Maya, was found dead in his car on Thursday, reports say he was first abducted and tortured.
He had been speaking out about the Knights Templar cartel and had recently ended an 18-day hunger strike demanding more funds for his municipality.
On Twitter, the former President Felipe Calderon demanded a full investigation. Mr Calderon also linked the crime to the Knights Templar drug cartel, publishing a quote allegedly by Mr Lopez Mendoza, who was a qualified doctor: “For every building work, we have to pay the Knights Templar 10%. All of us, Michoacan mayors, have this problem,” the former president tweeted.
Mexican troops in Michoacan:
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