Farmers take up arms against narcos in Mexico
14 July 2021 | 12:40 pm
A convoy of members of the self-defense group Pueblos Unidos travels through plantations in the municipality of Ario de Rosales, where they maintain checkpoints and have erected stone trenches. Armed with rifles and travelling in pick-up trucks, the hooded men and women claim to be avocado growers who have revolted against the country's drug traffickers, whose violence has once again escalated in the country.
The group Border Angels estimates that since 1994, about 10,000 people have died in their attempt to cross border. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 7,216 people have died crossing the U.S–Mexico border between 1998 and 2017. In 2005, more than 500 died across the entire U.S.–Mexico border.
Almost 100,000 people are officially listed as missing in Mexico. Each year, volunteers travel to different parts of the country to join the National Search Brigade for Disappeared Persons. For relatives seeking closure, the search is often fruitless.
The body of a Mexican television host and model was found in a southern neighborhood of Mexico City. She is the sixth media worker to be found dead in Mexico this year.
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French presidential candidates continue their charm offensive on the agricultural electorate. They hope to win the vote of farmers, who now make up only 1.5 percent of the active population but whose vote remains key. One contender has decided to skip the event, though: current frontrunner Emmanuel Macron. Plus, FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot takes a deep dive into campaign finance laws in France.
In recent weeks, more and more Ukrainian and Russian nationals have been flocking to the US-Mexican border crossing of San Ysidro in a bid to seek asylum in the United States. Ukrainians manage to cross the border without too much difficulty, but Russians don't get such a warm welcome. A piece of US legislation known as Title 42 allow US authorities to turn away would-be refugees to prevent the spead of Covid-19. As a result, Russians are joining the ranks of thousands of migrants stranded in Mexico waiting to file their asylum applications. FRANCE 24's Quentin Duval reports.
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