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Pope recalls 2010 massacre of migrants in Mexico

In 2010 a drug cartel gunned down 72 migrants when they refused to work for the cartel

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Published: August 25, 2020 08:51 AM GMT

Updated: August 25, 2020 08:55 AM GMT

Pope recalls 2010 massacre of migrants in Mexico

Activists place an "anti-monument" to mark the 10th anniversary of the San Fernando Massacre in which 72 migrants on route to the United States were killed in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, in front of the US embassy in Mexico City, on August 22, 2020. (Photo: Pedro PARDO / AFP)

Pope Francis has recalled a 2010 massacre in Mexico, where a drug cartel shot dead 72 migrants in Tamaulipas state for their refusal to work in the illegal trade.

In his Angelus address on Aug 23, Pope Francis backed the family members of the victims seeking justice for the massacre of the 52 men and 14 women by the Los Zetas drug cartel in the village of El Huizachal in San Fernando.

Bodies of these undocumented migrants from Central and South America were unearthed from a mass grave on a ranch by the Mexican military later.

In the 2010 massacre, the Zetas cartel intercepted two tractor-trailers with dozens of Central American migrants. The criminals later took them to a ranch in San Fernando, in the Gulf coast border state of Tamaulipas.

When the victims refused to work for the cartel, they were blindfolded and gunned down.

One of them played dead, escaped, and tipped off the authorities, who found 72 bodies at the ranch.

 “They were people from various countries who were seeking a better life,” the pope said.

 “I express my solidarity with the families of the victims, who even today call for justice and truth regarding what happened,” he said.

The pope also said that many migrants who seek a better life still die to the hardships.

 “The Lord will require us an account of all the migrants who fall along the journey of hope,” Pope Francis said. “They are victims of a throw-away culture.”

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