Mexico: Death of activist Kuykendall, injured during the police operation to repress protests against the inauguration of President Enrique Peña Nieto

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The activist, professor, and dramatist Juan Francisco Kuykendall Leal (68 years of age) died during the morning of 25 January 2014 in a Mexico City hospital.  He had been injured during the protests which took place on 1 December 2012 to resist the inauguration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.  The impact of the rubber-coated bullet which hit Kuykendall caused him a cranial fracture and, though he received surgical intervention, his state did not improve and he remained in a coma until 25 January, when he died.

His lawyer Bárbara Zamora affirmed that the case is a demonstration of the absolute lack of justice suffered by victims, for to date no one has been incarcerated nor has there even been an investigation of any police agent for what happened during the protests of 1 December 2012.

Amnesty International (AI) has demanded that the corresponding authorities engage in a “complete and impartial investigation” into the death of the activist, in addition to the “the other abuses committed during 1 December 2012, so as to guarantee that those responsible be brought before justice.”  AI stressed that this would be especially important “amidst the increase in number of abuses committed against protestors by police forces that has been registered in Mexico in the last 18 months, including arbitrary arrests and police brutality.”

For more information (in Spanish):

MP califica como homicidio la muerte del activista Kuykendall, Proceso, 27de enero de 2014

Muere el activista Kuykendall, herido en el operativo policiaco del 1º de diciembre de 2012, La Jornada, 26 de enero de 2014

Fallece manifestante del #1DMX que estuvo más de un año en coma, Proceso,  25 de enero de 2014

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Nacional: Polemical ascension of EPN, 7 December 2012

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