Binational protest on Day of the Dead draws attention to recent killings by U.S. Border Patrol
Last night nearly 150 people on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border came together in a vigil to commemorate the recent death of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez and other teenagers killed in recent years by the U.S. Border Patrol. Elena Rodriguez was shot multiple times in the back on October 10, 2012. Border Patrol agents claim he was part of a group of teenagers throwing rocks at them from the Nogales, Mexico side. But the height of the border fence from the corner where the boy’s body was found has made locals question this story. According to the Southern Border Communities Coalition, this is the third such killing by Border Patrol agents over the past six weeks.
Protesters marched in silence along the steel barrier that separates Nogales, Arizona from Nogales, Mexico. At the point closest to where the boy’s body was found American protesters met their Mexican counterparts across the fence and exchanged candles, flowers, and sympathies.