Mexico Environmental Activist Killed

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico

A Mexican environmental acivist was murdered last week following his political activism against a controversial carbohydron pipeline to be routed through his community.

Samir Flores Soberanes was murdered at his front door February 20 according to local reports. The killing occurred three days before a public referendum on the Morelos Comprehensive Project which includes gas, two thermoelectric plants, a gas pipeline to supply the plant with natural gas from Tlaxcala state and an aqueduct. The mostly indigenous communities around the Popocatepetl volcano, including Flores’ town of Amilcingo, have concerns about health, safety and water supply, and have been protesting the project since 2011.