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100 unidentified bodies cause row in Mexico

100 unidentified bodies cause row in Mexico

Mexican police [Courtesy] Mexican authorities were on Monday scrambling to find a parking spot for a truck carrying more than 100 unidentified bodies whose fetid smell has been infuriating residents in the city of Guadalajara.

The refrigerated trailer – rented when morgues in the country’s second-largest city hit full capacity, was parked for two weeks at a warehouse in the downtrodden neighbourhood of Duraznera, on the city outskirts, until residents complained of the stench and the flies it attracted.


The authorities then moved the truck to an empty lot in Tlajomulco, another poor neighbourhood far from the city centre, until the area residents protested on Saturday.

Officials then moved it to a prosecution storage facility in the city centre, where it remained parked on Monday.

"We don’t want it here. They need to put it somewhere else. We have a lot of children in this neighbourhood. (The truck) stinks, it could make us all sick," said Jose Luis Tovar, who lives near the spot where it was parked in Tlajomulco.

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Authorities in the western state of Jalisco said they were looking for a longer-term solution to store the bodies

In Mexico, the criminal investigation code bars authorities from cremating bodies linked to violent crimes."We ran out of cemetery plots where we could bury them," said the head of the Jalisco forensic investigators unit, Luis Octavio Cotero. ALSO READ: Gangster-turned-lawmaker new face of Mexican politics The state government is currently working on a site to bury 800 bodies outside Guadalajara, he told AFP.The number of murder victims in Mexico has exploded in recent years.Since the government deployed the army to fight the country’s powerful drug cartels in 2006, Mexico has been hit by a wave of violence that […]


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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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