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Anti-drug Cartel Mayor Found Dead in Western Mexico

Mexico City, November 9 (RHC) – Mexican officials say a small-town mayor, and well-known anti-drug cartel activist, has been found dead on a roadside in the western state of Michoacan.

In an official statement, government authorities said local police found the body of Ygnacio Lopez Mendoza in his car on Thursday.

Mendoza, who was the mayor of the agricultural town of Santa Ana Maya in Michoacan state, had been allegedly threatened by drug cartels, the statement said, adding that his death "was not an accident".

The mayor had recently went on an 18-day hunger strike to raise more funds for his crusade against organized crime and was publicly speaking against the Knights Templar drug cartel.

According to information given by his [Mendoza's] family, the mayor got home at about midnight and as he drove his car in, he was abducted by a group of people.

At least 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since the government launched an offensive against Mexico’s drug cartels in December 2006. Violence has not decreased, despite all the government’s efforts.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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