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The First Lynching in Vera Cruz, Mexico

A story in Vera Cruz, Mexico recently caught my eye that took place on May 17, 1934. In the US, when we talk or hear about lynching, I think many of us think of the southern US and slavery. However, lynching happens all over the world and 86 years ago today, it happened in Mexico.


Porfirio Gutierrez was a farmer near Colipa, Mexico. Horrifically, Porfirio tied his wife to a tree at their home and burned her to death. So what did his neighbors do? They tied him to the same tree and burned him the same way, making his lynching the first ever in the state of Vera Cruz.



Colipa property from @soy_lumanriquez

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