Paul Smith


A few small wooden planks mark the spot where Adalberto Manjarrez died after he was dragged from his home and had his throat slit by right-wing paramilitaries. He was one of two men murdered that day. Los Alpes was a small settlement of a dozen or so families who built their humble thatch huts on small plots of land by the side of a dirt road leading from the River Magdalene towards the San Lucas Sierra Mountains. The families were poor subsistence farmers, many of whom had been displaced and dispossessed before. A local businessman and politician laid claim to Los Alpes and sent word that the villagers were to leave or face the consequences. As they had nowhere else to go, the families stayed until one morning several men arrived to carry out the threats. That same day Adalbertos neighbours fled, never to return.

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Paul Smith
Los Alpes
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