Mexico commission: Army used undue force in 2015 protest

The incident took place in July 2015, when residents blocked a highway in Michoacan to protest the arrest of their leader, the head of local community policing.

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English 29/12/2016 16:23 AP Actualizada 16:23
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Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says that soldiers employed "illegitimate use of force" against civilians at a protest in which a 12-year-old boy was shot dead and 10 other people were wounded.

The incident took place July 19, 2015, when residents blocked a highway in the western state of Michoacan to protest the arrest of their leader, the head of local community policing.

The rights commission said Thursday in a statement it found that in dislodging the protests, 15 soldiers fired their weapons. It deemed "not credible" a Defense Department report that all were warning shots fired in the air.

It said protesters had attacked government vehicles with stones and clubs but there was no evidence they used firearms.

The commission called for an investigation of the soldiers.

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