Veracruz: 11 Clandestine Graves Found With Charred Remains

BORDERLAND BEAT — The Brigada Nacional en Busca de Personas Desaparecidas en Veracruz: Buscándolos nos Encontramos (National Brigade in Search of Disappeared Persons in Veracruz: Looking for Them, We Found Ourselves) made their first discovery: 11 clandestine graves with charred remains, after four days of exploratory work.

“That’s how a disappeared ends in Mexico, it’s the horror that the Mexican government buries,” said Mario Vergara, a member of Los Otros Desaparecidos de Iguala (The Other Disappeared of Iguala).

This past Friday, with data from an anonymous source, the brigade left from Amatlán de los Reyes towards a coffee plantation in the community of San Rafael Calería, next to Córdoba, the hometown of Javier Duarte de Ochoa, the governor of Veracruz.

The marked point was located under some vanilla and cedar trees. After cordoning off the area, the families began monitoring the area. They sought subsidence, a point where the rod that detects pits nailed easily.

The anonymous messenger described the place as a large “kitchen”, where the criminal group Los Zetas disintegrated their victims. After burning them with diesel and gasoline in steel drums, they would bury the remains in small hollow spaces and covered them with dirt.

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