Mexican authorities have announced that six members of the National Guard were arrested in connection with the murder of Yessica Silva, a farmer in the northern state of Chihuahua.
The authorities on 28th October, 2020, stated that the incident occurred in September when Silva and her husband, Jaime Torres, also a farmer, reportedly came under fire from National Guard troops while returning from a protest over the diversion of water from La Boquilla dam to the US.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a press conference expressed his disapproval of the actions committed by his own national guard.
“We are not going to cover for anyone. There is no impunity in this administration.” He stated
On social media, the National Guard said that once the pertinent investigations took place, the Attorney General’s Office found enough evidence to determine the culpability of the law enforcement agents.
“We reiterate that the National Guard will not tolerate abuse or excessive use of force perpetrated by its personnel, as we always have unrestricted respect for human rights.” the president added.
Torres stated that what they experienced was a direct attack.