Fears of a British-Mexican woman kidnapped at gunpoint for challenging a “corrupt” mayor who ordered a woman to be beaten
- Claudia Uruchurtu Cruz, 48, was reportedly dragged away during a March 26 protest
- The authorities did not act until the UN and the UK government requested an investigation
- Cruz demonstrated against the mayor of Asuncion Nochixtlan, Lizbeth Huerta
- Huerta is charged with ordering her bodyguards to almost beat a woman to death
Fear is growing over the British-Mexican Claudia Uruchurtu Cruz, who was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint after challenging a corrupt Mexican mayor
Fear grows over a British-Mexican woman allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint after challenging a corrupt Mexican mayor.
Claudia Uruchurtu Cruz was allegedly pulled by kidnappers onto the back of a red truck that drove off with her in the trunk during an anti-corruption protest in Mexico on March 26th.
Authorities have been slow to investigate Cruz’s alleged abduction and only launched an investigation under pressure from the United Nations and the UK government.
The 48-year-old activist took part in a protest against the mayor of Asuncion Nochixtlan, Lizbeth Huerta, in the southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca, when she was missing.
Huerta, who runs for election in June, is currently under investigation by the Mexican Anti-Corruption Prosecutor for alleged misappropriation of public funds.
The 48-year-old activist (pictured) took part in a protest against the mayor of Asuncion Nochixtlan, Lizbeth Huerta, in the southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca, when she was missing
The protests began after Huerta allegedly ordered her bodyguards to almost beat a businesswoman to death after she asked the president to repay a loan of MXN 500,000 (£ 18,150), local media company Didxha reported.
Cruz’s sisters, Elizabeth and Sara said Claudia was last seen in the town’s central square, where she was bullied by a group of people who bundled her up in the back of a red pickup truck and drove off.
The Mexican Ombudsman’s Human Rights Office heard testimony confirming the sisters’ report.
Elizabeth and Sara added that Claudia faced constant threats due to her political activism.
They directly accused the city government of orchestrating their sister’s disappearance.
Cruz’s sisters, Elizabeth and Sara said Claudia was last seen in the town’s central square, where she was bullied by a group of people who bundled her up in the back of a red pickup truck and drove off. She had faced constant threats because of her political activism
Authorities had refused to investigate the case until pressure from the Mexican federal government took their hand, local Sinembargo news agency reported.
The Mexican government has been pressured to act by the United Nations (UN) and the British government.
The UN Committee against Enforced Disappearances signed an open letter to the Mexican government, pressuring them to track down the missing woman.
The victim’s sisters, who live in Sheffield, wrote to British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab asking him to work with the Mexican government to find Claudia.
Several Sheffield MPs have written to the Secretary of State on behalf of the victim’s family expressing concern about the situation.
The attorney general’s office issued a statement on Twitter announcing that they have issued a “pink alert” that will be used when a woman is missing in the state.
The Attorney General is currently treating this as a missing person’s case, not a kidnapping, as no demands have been made for his or her release.
Huerta has declined to participate in the case and has stated that she is willing to participate in the investigation.
The attorney general has yet to release information about potential suspects or leads to the case.
The authorities have been slow to investigate the alleged abduction of Cruz and only started investigations under pressure from the United Nations and the British government (the picture shows police preparing to crack down on protesters in Mexico City in 2019).
The protests began after Huerta allegedly ordered her bodyguards to almost beat a businesswoman to death (pictured, a protester throws a projectile at police during a demonstration over the unsolved disappearance of 43 students).