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Trailer full of bodies causes row in Mexico

Trailer full of bodies causes row in Mexico

State Interior Minister Roberto Lopez condemned the decision to move the bodies from place to place, and said whoever was responsible in the state government would be punished "severely."

"This shows the insensitivity of some officials to such a sensitive issue, especially for the families of these unclaimed bodies," he said in a press conference.


In Mexico, the criminal investigation code bars authorities from cremating bodies linked to violent crimes.

GUADALAJARA,

Mexican authorities were scrambling to find a parking spot Monday 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.

NO CEMETRIES

The authorities then moved the truck to an empty lot in Tlajomulco, another poor neighbourhood far from the city centre, until residents there protested 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.Authorities in the western state of Jalisco said they were looking for a longer-term solution.State Interior Minister Roberto Lopez condemned the decision to move the bodies from place to place, and said whoever was responsible in the state government would be punished "severely.""This shows the insensitivity of some officials to such a sensitive issue, especially for the families of these unclaimed bodies," he said […]


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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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