Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gathering outside Mexican consulate notes murder of activist Marisela Escobedo

El Paso, Texas// Members of the public and border activists for human rights from a number of organizations will join here Friday for commemorative activities on the first anniversary of the assassination of noted Mexican activist Marisela Escobedo. The event will be led by Escobedo's son, Juan Manuel Fraire Escobedo.

Marisela Escobedo was killed at the doorsteps of the Chihuahua Governor´s Palace on December 16, 2010 as she was demanding justice for her daughter Rubí Fraire Escobedo, a victim of femicide. The man who confessed to killing Rubi was later released by the Chihuahua judicial system. Marisela's assassination was caught on tape. The "hit," apparently professionally orchestrated, occurred in under two minutes:

Juan Manuel Fraire Escobedo and his family, now forced to exile, will hold a press conference and lead a series of activities in front of the Mexican Consulate in El Paso to demand justice from the Mexican authorities for the deaths of both Rubi Fraire and Marisela Escobedo. He will announce the continuation of Marisela´s campaign to protest the injustice done to them by the Mexican government and judicial system.

The event in El Paso, is one of many to take place in Mexico, including Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico city, and in the United States, as well as in other countries in Europe where Marisela Escobedo’s fight for dignity and justice was widely known. This advance information about the Juarez event is circulating on Facebook:

It calls for a march beginning at 5 PM and ending with a candlelight vigil at 7 PM in honor of the deceased.

Activists' activities at Mexican Consulate in El Paso, located at 910 E. San Antonio Avenue, will occur from  10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16.

The following local human rights organizations will participate in this event: Mexicanos en el Exilio, Border Network for Human Rights, Miners Without Borders, Peace and Justice Without Borders, Annunciation House, Centro de Trabajadores Agrícolas Sin Fronteras, Border Peace Presence, among others.

Primary Source: Law Offices of Carlos Spector

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