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April 20, 2007

Labor organizer tortured, murdered in Mexico


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On April 9, the bound and beaten body of 29-year-old labor organizer Santiago Rafael Cruz was discovered at the Mexico City headquarters his employer, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.
(FLOC)

Facing South has an an exclusive report on the murder, which many fear was retribution for attempting to organize agricultural guest workers across borders. Facing South has learned that Rafael Cruz's body bore signs of torture and that he had been harassed and threatened prior to his murder. Yet police are investigating the death as a common crime, or an internal union power struggle.

More about the case on the AFL-CIO blog.

(The photograph shows a 2005 vote for union reps in North Carolina, which FLOC helped organize.)

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