April 28th, 2010
09:46 PM ET

Humanitarian workers killed in Mexico

Two human rights workers were killed in an ambush in the Mexican southern state of Oaxaca, authorities said Wednesday.

A Finnish citizen, Jyri Antero Jaakkola, and a Mexican activist, Beatriz Alberta Carino Trujillo were part of a caravan that was attacked Tuesday, the Oaxaca attorney general's office said, the state-run Notimex news agency reported.

The two victims were part of a group of activists from various organizations traveling to the city of San Juan Copala with members of Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca, or APPO by its Spanish initials.

Both died from gunshot wounds, the attorney general's office said. A third person was injured

The APPO is a leftist movement that seized control of the Oaxacan capital for months in 2006 in a bid to oust the governor.

Witnesses told authorities that the gunmen were members of a rival group, the Regional Union of Social Well-being, with whom the APPO has long had hostile relations, Notimex reported. There are other armed groups that are in dispute of the remote area, Notimex said.

The activists' caravan was heading to San Juan Copala on a humanitarian mission to deliver clothes and other goods to residents there, in addition to assessing the violence that has been recorded in the area, the news agency said.

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  1. Kasandra CM

    I cant believe that the answer to this theme in my country is the silence of the indiference. People is focus on the soccer championship and in the death of the little girl paulete

    April 28, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. marissa

    Mexico has problems. Trying to be a humanitarian in that country isn't worth losing your life for. The violence has taken over that country and there's not end in site. I would help out another country maybe Haiti. You have a better chance of doing good and comming out alive.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. george

    Sure Mexico has problems, many problems and when we try to stop export their
    illegals with drugs and violence to US, we're called racists......

    April 29, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. ALEJANDRO

    Without illegals America would have its own problems as well.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tamal10

    The "drug problem" in México is rooted in the US. Without the huge demand for drugs in the States and the supply of assault weapons across the border the drug gangs that use those weapons to fight for the US market would not be happening.

    Decriminalize drugs in the US and instead instead of jailing drug users, offer treatment and clean, safe drugs to those who want them. The violence will end. Take a look at the study the CATO institute did on the effects of decriminalization in Portugal.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. kay

    This massacre has nothing to do with drug cartels. This is the result of disputes between indigenous communities

    April 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |