Línea Abierta : MEXICO EDITION.

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Summary: MEXICO EDITION. The towns of Tepalcatepec, La Ruana and Buenavista, in the state of Michoacán in Western Mexico report they have been blocked off and under siege since April 10th. That day, 40 farm workers were massacred when returning from a celebration of Emiliano Zapata, where they tried to meet with the interim governor. According to a doctor from Tepalcatepec, these towns have suffered extorsion by criminal groups for more than 10 years, but it was the rape of 11 and 12 year old girls that made the townspeople organize in self-defense committees. This edition also includes reports of extensive poppy plantings in the state of Guerrero, and the inefficiency of the Civil Registry in the city of Chilpancingo. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guests: Dr. Manuel Mireles, member of the Citizen Council for Self-Defense of Tepalcatepec, Michoacán, Mexico; Honorata, Tlapaneca indigenous woman, Tlapa, Guerrero, Mexico.