Labor Activists In Mexico Caught In Drug War Crossfire

Fronteras, 9/27/12

Activists who focus on improving working conditions at border manufacturing plants, known as maquiladoras, seem to joining the list of the latest random victims in Mexico’s incessant drug war.

“This is a very dangerous time to raise your voice on almost any issue,” said Andrew Selee, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington think tank.

Anybody from a labor activist to political protestor risks becoming a victim.

“Sometimes they’re just targeted by lower-level members of a cartel or someone who has a gun for no real apparent reason,” Selee said.

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