The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) found extrajudicial executions at the hands of the Federal Police in the events of January 6 in Apatzingán, Michoacán. This was announced by the Ombudsman Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez when submitting recommendation 3VG / 2015 for serious human rights violations in the case, which is directed to the Department of Defense, the National Security Commission, the government of Michoacán and the City Hall of Apatzingán.
Excessive use of force by elements was found, which also caused the death of ten people.
Between 2:30 and 7:40 pm on January 6, 44 federal police and 287 military conducted an operation against elements of the autodefensas (self-defense) . In that event, one person was killed in the parking lot of City Hall of Apatzingán. In the second event, which occurred between 7:41 and 11:31 hours, nine people were killed.
Four of those killed in a black truck had 27, 7, 7 and 8 bullets, respectively.
"The deceased were not in possession of firearms therefore posed no threat to life or physical integrity of the Federal Police or anyone else, "says the report.
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The fifth person in the vehicle is also described by the CNDH as an extrajudicial execution, since he had no weapon whatsoever, he was fired upon suffering 14 bullet wounds, while witnesses said the victim raised his hands in surrender.
"The National Commissioner is collaborating with the CNDH in the complaint and complaint arises because of the serious violations of human rights in the excessive use of force that resulted in the extrajudicial killing of these people. "said the organization.
Un Vato translated the narrative of a video from the incident:
00:15 Screen: Apatzingán Massacre: “It was the Federal Police.
00:19 Voice and screen: “With shouts of, ‘Kill those dogs!’, they began to shoot. To kill us.”
00:27 Voice and screen: “They’re still shooting over here, over here! One of the comrades can’t get out. The Federales are shooting!”
00:34 W: “It’s like an execution, that is, at very close range and this causes powder marks on the skin…”
00:44 R: At dawn on January 6, federal police fired on members of the Rural Police in Michoacán and their supporters who, unarmed, were conducting a sit-in demonstration at the Apatzingán municipal palace.
00:56 In the ensuing moments, members of self-defense forces and day laborers were murdered by gunfire and their bodies were left strewn on that city’s streets.
01:05 The preliminary toll is 16 persons dead and tens wounded.
01:10 Everything indicates that what happened in Apatzingán was a crime against humanity.
01:15 R’s voice and screen: The official version states that in the two attacks, there were:
8 dead, 1 person run over by a vehicle, and 44 arrested on charges of; criminal association, possession of illegal firearms
01:15 R: …and that Federal Police arrested 44 persons on charges of criminal association and possession of illegal firearms, and that the persons killed in the second attack were hit by “friendly fire” between civilians.
01:40 Screen: Alfredo Castillo, Commissioner of Security in Michoacán.
01:40: Castillo: Practically all the persons killed could have been killed by their own comrades, that is, a matter of cross fire.
01:50 But there are statements that demolish this version of the facts. Victims and witnesses say that it was the Federal Police that executed unarmed civilians.
02:00 That none of the demonstrators had long weapons (rifles).
02:03 Also, the medical staff at the Ramon Ponce General Hospital asserted that the persons they treated had been shot at close range, with (powder) marks that point to an execution.
02:20 Screen: The facts presented in this investigation were reconstructed from the testimony of 12 of the 44 persons arrested and subsequently released after the first gunfire attack (among them a businessman).
02:20 R: The facts presented in this investigation are reconstructed from recorded statements from 39 persons...........
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