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Friday, May 7, 2021

Oaxaca Mayor Arrested for Disappearance of British-Mexican Activist Who Protested Against Her

"Morogris" for Borderland Beat

Human rights activist Claudia Uruchurtu Cruz, 48, was last seen on 26 March 2021 in Oaxaca. 

The mayor of Asuncion Nochixtlan, Oaxaca, Lizbeth Victoria Huerta, was arrested for the disappearance of Claudia Uruchurtu Cruz, a human rights activist of British-Mexican nationality that went missing on 26 March 2021.

The Oaxaca Attorney General's Office confirmed that she was arrested along with the municipality's security chief and two more coworkers. 

Cruz was reportedly kidnapped and forced into a red truck following an anti-corruption protest in Oaxaca against Huerta. Mexican authorities were slow to probe until the United Nations (UN) and the British government opened an investigation.

Cruz's sisters, who live in Sheffield in the UK, wrote letters to the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab asking him to work directly with the Mexican government to find her. Several politicians from Sheffield also wrote to Rabb on behalf of the family to raise awareness on the case.

Family members confirmed to investigators that Cruz actively denounced corruption in Huerta's administration and had received threats for her work. They said that the kidnappers have not called the family for a ransom, which suggests the kidnapping was a forced disappearance. The family argues that the disappearance order was state-sanctioned.

Huerta, from the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party, wants to be re-elected as mayor in the June elections. In addition to the kidnapping probe, she is currently under investigation by the Attorney General's Office (FGR) for the alleged misappropriation of public funds and electoral violations.

Sources consulted by Borderland Beat show that Huerta used public funds to finance her campaign. In addition, she is implicated in a money laundering case involving several "ghost" or shell companies that billed invoices to the municipality.

The companies under investigation are: Comercial Operadora del Gran Mundo S.A. de C.V.; MOCE Publicidad S.A. DE C.V.; Mayoristas Torrens S.A de C.V.; Productos de Limpieza “Chuy” S.A. DE C.V.; Materiales de Limpieza “Santa Clara S.A. DE C.V.; and CRICSA Combustibles S.A DE C.V.

Asunción Nochixtlán mayor Lizbeth Victoria Huerta was arrested today after Oaxaca authorities issued an arrest warrant for her capture. 

Sources: Milenio; Proceso; Aristegui Noticias; El Heraldo de Mexico; Expansion; Diario Marca


  1. Killed and activist, this would not have gotten attention if the UN any UK did not get involved. Curupt Mayor. Was not happy with one term.

  2. That mayor looks so young and innocent.

    “Caras vemos, corazones no sabemos”

    - El Choclo

    1. She looks young and innocent , but can have you killed!

    2. That’s what I thought as well. She doesn’t look like a bad person at all, but looks can definitely be deceiving. For example Elba Esther Gordillo, you can tell that’s one mean lady.

    3. Caras inocentes pero el animal bien peludo.

    4. 11:12 se llama la pantufla, y no todos los animales son greñudos y salvajes por detrás como tú.

  3. Coverage of this story in The Guardian UK

  4. DOESN'T pay to be a citizen of 🇲🇽
    ONLY way to get justice is for FOREIGN intervention.. 😥
    But glad she got justice
    There are THOUSANDS of missing PEOPLE in Mexico with no justice

  5. Bro, my people are so grimy and dirty.
    These politicians are the worst.
    They only lie, steal and murder.

    1. 11:40 what do you propose?
      Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys are looking for a country where they can worship and fluff the oringe ass freely, they would happily depopulate LatinAmerica of your grimmy and dirty people


    1. Not only her but also Cabezza, the governor who fled to Texas with charges pending against him once his term is completed.

  7. In the mayors mind she had warned the victim. It seems south of the border this kind of beef goes to violence quickly.
    She may look innocent and nice and probably is in day to day conversation and interactions.

  8. i would love to go oppose one of these politicians in Mex have them threaten me and go hunt them down


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