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Killed for having reported extortion

Suleida Raudales Flores and Cynthia Carolina Cruz Bonilla, Honduran immigrants were murdered in Chiapas (south of Mexico) by a gang committed to the extortion of migrants without documents that, only a few days before, they had reported to the police . The facts emerged at the end of the Mass celebrated on June 2 by the bishop of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mons. Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, who - reports Fides - has stated that he considers the fact that Mexico "does not provide greater protection to those who travel"in its territory unacceptable. Originating mainly from El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, the migrants who cross the country on their way to the United States ignore the terrible risks they face at the hands of the criminal maras (gangs) "who extort their money, beat them and, in the worst cases, kill them.” The Church, the bishop continues, has often reported the dramatic situation, also suggesting concrete measures, such as having the trains in which the immigrants travel escorted by the military. Unfortunately, recent events show that "they have not yet adopted the necessary measures to prevent the crimes, or at least reduce them." As for the two women, the bishop concluded, for the criminal gang been a piece of cake, the criminals had stopped the train where the women were "executing them in cold blood."

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