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Political Opponent Executed In Mexico

Sun., March 30, 1997

An opposition leader in Guerrero state was shot and killed execution-style, bringing to five the number of Democratic Revolutionary Party activists slain in the southern state over the past week, a newspaper said Saturday.

The newspaper Reforma said the body of Santana Alonso Arellano was found near a river early Friday. Arellano was also head of a transportation and taxi owners union. His union was involved in a dispute with a rival organization made up mostly by members of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Reforma quoted Democratic Revolutionary Party state secretary general Misael Medrano Baza as saying Arellano’s killing “was for political causes.” Medrano Baza did not elaborate.

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