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Mexican Authorities Arrest Six National Guard Members After Killing of a Farmer

Mexican authorities announced on Wednesday morning that six members of the country’s National Guard have been arrested in connection with the murder of farmer Yessica Silva in the northern state of Chihuahua.

Mexican authorities announced on Wednesday morning that six members of the country’s National Guard have been arrested in connection with the murder of farmer Yessica Silva in the northern state of Chihuahua.

During a press conference in capital Mexico City, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced the arrests and expressed his disapproval of the actions committed by his own National Guard. “We are not going to cover for anyone. There is no impunity in this administration,” the leftist leader said.

On its Twitter account, the National Guard said that once the pertinent investigations took place, the Attorney General’s Office found enough evidence to determine the culpability of the law enforcement agents. “We reiterate that the National Guard will not tolerate abuse or excessive use of force perpetrated by its personnel, as we always have unrestricted respect for human rights,” the National Guard stated.

The incident occurred in September when Silva and her husband Jaime Torres, also a farmer, reportedly came under fire from National Guard troops while returning from a demonstration over the diversion of water from La Boquilla dam to the United States.

The demonstrations escalated when Mexico’s armed forces confronted the protesters. The National Guard shot Silva and Torres, killing her. Her husband survived and was hospitalized.

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