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Community activist shot to death in southern Mexico

January 4, 2019

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A community activist who had been threatened over a road project was shot to death in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas.

State prosecutors said activist Sinar Corzo was shot to death on a street in the town of Arriaga, Chiapas late Thursday. The state’s new, leftist government condemned the killing and said it would not go unpunished.

Corzo had reported receiving threats from armed men in 2017. They were apparently upset about his support for a rural road project.

Two years earlier he had tangled with local officials over construction work at a local market. He had also tussled with local governments over demands to provide poor communities with water and sewers.

On Friday the National Human Rights Commission decried Corzo’s killing. The governmental commission says that 41 activists and human rights workers have been killed in Mexico since 2006.

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