Mexican president demands justice for Mexicans killed by U.S. border patrol

10:30, June 11, 2010      

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Mexico's President Felipe Calderon on Thursday called for justice for two Mexicans killed by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).

"The Mexican government is worried and deeply indignant as a result of the death of two compatriots at the hands of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol," Calderon said in a statement.

Mexican media have given detailed coverage to the deaths of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, who died of multiple electric shocks delivered via a Taser-brand stun gun, when U.S. CBP officers were trying to deport him.

"The second case is something we find particularly grievous, because it is that of a minor," the president said. "Sergio Adrian Hernandez was killed by gunfire when he was still in our own territory in Cuidad Juarez," he added.

Calderon said that Mexico is demanding a deep, impartial and objective investigation that ends with a clarification of the events and punishment of the guilty.

"We are worried by this increase of violence against Mexicans, which coincides with other anti-migrant and anti-Mexican statements in the United States," Calderon said.

"We also want to establish objective and trustworthy protocols in the application of laws to avoid these unacceptable deaths which are due, among other things, to abuse of force against Mexican migrants," Calderon concluded.

Hernandez, 14, died of gunshot wounds on Monday night close to the international bridge that links Cuidad Juarez, in northern Mexican state Chihuahua, to El Paso, in southern U.S. state Texas. He had been playing with friends close to the U.S.-Mexican border when a quarrel broke out between the children and the U.S. government officials.

Witnesses told Mexican television on Wednesday night that some of the children had begun throwing stones across the border and that CBP officers responded with gunfire. They said that Hernandez had been hiding behind a bridge support, and poked his head out of his hiding place to see what was happening just before the fatal shot.

Around 10 percent of Mexican citizens live in the United States, many of them living illegally but regularizing their stay at a later date.



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