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Worker rights defender kidnapped, beaten and threatened with death in Puebla, Mexico

Author: Maquila Solidarity Network, Published on: 17 May 2012

On May 15…four masked men in a van kidnapped worker rights defender José Enrique Morales Montaño, a member of the Worker Support Centre (CAT) in Puebla, he was on his way to a hearing of at the Local Conciliation and Arbitration Board where the CAT was defending the rights of a group of garment workers. The kidnappers repeatedly held a gun to his head and threatened to kill him…[The] following morning, CAT director Blanca Velázquez received a message from Morales’ stolen cell phone, stating: “You will die, bitch.” Unfortunately, this is not the first time members of the CAT team have been harassed, assaulted and subjected to death threats for defending workers’ rights in Puebla’s maquiladora factories…

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