Police Arrested in Disappearance of 3 Youths in Papantla, Veracruz…Proceso

Molly Molloy

Thanks to Jonas for this translation and summary of:Noé Zavaleta, “Consignan a 7 policías de Papantla por desaparición de 3 jóvenes” Proceso, 03/28/2016​ ​

Police Arrested in Disappearance of 3 Youths in Papantla, Veracruz

summary/translation by Jonas Hamilton (jamesjonashamilton):


On the morning of Monday 03/28/2016 agents of the District Attorney for the State of Veracruz arrested the Municipal Police chief (Secretario de Seguridad Publica) and six officers from the Municipality of Papantla. The detained officers were linked by eye-witness accounts, interviews and forensic evidence to the 03/19 abduction of three youths from Papantla. The incident is only the latest in a series of forced disappearances involving Municipal Police in other municipalities in Veracruz: e.g. 6 youths in the Puerto de Veracruz in December of 2013, 19-55 people in Actopan, Atoyac and Córdoba in 2013,[2] and 5 youths in Tierra Blanca (01/11/16), who were later found to have been handed over to members of the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación, by whom they were ostensibly killed and incinerated,[3] The official narrative of the Tierra Blanca incident is strikingly similar to the “verdad historica” of the 43 missing normalistas from Ayotzinapa.

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About José Luis Benavides

Journalism Professor and director of the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center, California State University, Northridge.

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