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Mexico

Townspeople Kidnap Lawmakers to Seek Mayor's Ouster

People tied up the lawmakers and threatened to kill them if no agreement was reached

In this March 20, 2014 file photo, displaced habitants of an indigenous Tzotzil community protest the local government, photo: Cuartoscuro/Elizabeth Ruiz, File
1 year ago

SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Chiapas — A group of indigenous Mexicans kidnapped two lawmakers in the southern state of Chiapas to force the ouster of their mayor.

Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar and Carlos Penagos were taken forcibly from a meeting with angry Tzotzil indigenous people on Wednesday in the cathedral of the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas.

Some of their aides were handled roughly and their cars were damaged. People tied up the lawmakers and threatened to kill them if no agreement was reached.

They were freed in the town of Chenalho on Thursday after the state congress announced that it was installing a new mayor and opening an investigation into the old one. The Tzotzil group accuses her of corruption, abuse of power and diverting resources.

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