LA JORNADA — after the court order to release the last three soldiers involved in the executions in Tlatlaya, State of Mexico, Clara Gómez González, a survivor of the events and a protected witness, expresses fear of reprisals that she and her family may become victims of these soldiers.
MV Note: On June 30, 2014, soldiers killed twenty-two civilians, suspected criminals, in a warehouse in Tlatlaya, State of Mexico. The army report said the soldiers had been fired on while on patrol. Journalistic investigations revealed that the soldiers had initiated the attack on the warehouse and when the civilians surrendered, eleven to fifteen survivors were evidently summarily executed and the scene modified to make it look like they had died in the fire fight.
Interviewed in the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center [in Mexico City], the organization that advises and represents Gomez Gonzalez, mother of Erika, one of the youth killed in the warehouse in the community of San Pedro Limon, municipality of Tlatlaya, says that, together with the fear, “there is also a feeling of great impotence and much rage.” But she anticipates that she will not relent in her pursuit of justice, either here or by going to international human rights organizations.
She affirms that the day of the incident, the morning of June 30, 2014, most of the people who were there had actually surrendered to the Army soldiers, but the soldiers killed them. Clara Gomez, who at the beginning of the process, for security measures adopted the name Julia, says:
“So, there is no case. First, the government tells me to bring charges, but for what? Why then let them go free and I’m more afraid than before? I am afraid for myself and my children. More difficult things are coming. We are seeing a very corrupt government.”
Several national and foreign NGOs have emphatically rejected the judicial decision of the Mexican state to release the eight soldiers who were being prosecuted for violations of human rights. They note that, with this decision, the Tlatlaya case, one of the most serious abuses by the military against civilians since former President Felipe Calderon involved the armed forces in the fight against drug trafficking, is heading towards impunity.
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