World Rainforest Movement

Suspected murder of Mexican activist

On July 21 the WRM Secretariat addressed a letter to Mr. Tinoco Rubi -Governor of Michoacan, Mexico- to inquire about the odd circumstances in which Alberto Alonso Salmeron, President of Juchari Uinapecua Society of Michoacan and member of the Mexican Network of Forest Organizations, died while in police custody. According to information received from that country, Salmeron had previously received death threats because of his activities. The WRM Secretariat requested the Governor of Michoacan to carry out investigations to clarify Salmeron’s death and eventually to implement measures to make the police agents who are suspected to have denied him assistance responsible for his death. Allegedly, Salmeron had received three bullet wounds and received no medical assistance in the police station, which resulted in his death.

Source: Ernesto Ladron de Guevara, Union Nacional de Organizaciones
Autonomas Campesinas, Mexico