Friday, October 7

They kill a woman who was looking for her missing daughter in Mexico

  • Esmeralda Gallardo was shot by at least five people while waiting for public transport

Esmeralda Gallardo, an activist who was looking for her daughter, was killed after being shot several times while waiting for public transport this Tuesday, in the central Mexican state of Puebla. According to witnesses, the woman, the mother of Betzabé Alvarado, who disappeared in January 2021, was waiting for transportation when at least five subjects he was reportedly shot eight times, which caused his death. The men fled, some aboard a motorcycle and others on foot, witnesses said.

The Municipal Police arrived at the scene, cordoning off the area, as well as paramedics who reviewed the body and confirmed that it had no vital signs, so the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) came to lift the body.

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White Esmeralda Gallardo He was a member of the collective ‘Where do the disappeared go’, as he was looking for his daughter Betzabé Alvarado Gallardo, who was last seen on January 21, 2021 with her friend Fabiola Narváez Rojas, with whom she was traveling on a motorcycle to a bank branch, located in the Central de Abastos, and they did not return. In this search, Gallardo asked the state president, Luis Miguel Barbosa Huerta, to put aside the superficial speeches on security matters and work to guarantee the rights and security of the victims, because in his opinion there was no adequate system of search for missing persons. So far, the authorities report that no one has been arrested for the events, so the investigations will continue.

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Meanwhile, the Office in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-DH) expressed its “firm condemnation” for the murder of Gallardo, mother of Betzabé Alvarado. The UN-DH representative in Mexico, Guillermo Fernández-Maldonado, pointed out that “this case, practically a month after the murder of Mrs. Rosario Lilián, is a new painful reminder of the high risk and lack of protection in which many relatives of disappeared persons are forced to carry out search tasks and demand justice”. In addition, he reiterated “the great importance that the responsible institutions present results in the search and investigation and, simultaneously, ensure that they are carried out in safe conditions”. “It is urgent that Mexico has an effective strategy to guarantee safety to those who are looking for their loved ones. We join the expressions of Mexican society that considers it inadmissible and contrary to its values ​​that, after the disappearance of a family member, those who demand Justice and their location alive, also have to face aggression, disqualification and, in some cases, murder ” Fernandez-Maldonado added.

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