Monday, February 28, 2011 |
Borderland Beat Reporter
Today in a radio interview on MVS Communications with Carmen Aristegui in Mexico City, Sara Salazar the matriarch of the Reyes-Salazar family announced that she and her four remaining children are seriously considering accepting refugee status being extended by several countries in order to escape the violence of Ciudad Juárez, she would not reveal which countries were involved. "Juarez is a violent city, there is no law here, here people get killed and are left lying in the streets, and no one investigates it," she said.
She refused to discuss the accusation being made against her son Miguel Angel Reyes Salazar, 26, who in a statement from the Ministry of National Defense, accused him of being a part of a group of assassins known as "The Escajeda."
Sara Salazar said that no state of Chihuahua authority had to date approached her family to offer an explanation on the murders.
According to Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson, inspector of the State Commission for Human Rights in Chihuahua; during the funeral of the Reyes - Salazars which took palce on Saturday morning, there were an estimated 500 soldiers guarding the family and the funeral cortege, but nobody even bothered to help dig the three graves.
Last Friday, the bodies of Malena and Elías Salazar and Luisa Reyes Ornelas Soto, siblings and sister-in-law of the activist Josefina Reyes Salazar, who was murdered in January 2010 were found in the middle of the Juarez-Porvenir road. The three were kidnapped on the afternoon of Feb. 7th.
The victims are siblings and a sister-in-law of Josefina Reyes Salazar, an activist who had been fighting for human rights and a vocal opposition to the abuse by the military and federal police in the Juárez Valley.
Although international human rights groups had alerted the authorities to the dangerous threats the family was enduring, the activist was murdered in January 2010 and later year in August her brother Ruben Salazar Reyes was also killed.
Elias, whose body was found on Friday morning had also received death threats because of his repeated demands for the government to investigate the murder of his sister Josefina and his brother Ruben.
No suspects in any of the killings have ever been identified.