Mexico mining union officials arrested

Dec 05, 2008 | 10:20 AM | Anne Riley

Mexican authorities have arrested two senior officials from Mexico's National Mining and Metalworkers Union in a move that the union condemned as arbitrary and illegal.

"These are punitive actions against leaders of the mining union in a clear abuse of official power aimed at destroying the union," the group said.

Carlos Pavon Campos, the union's secretary of political affairs, was arrested Thursday by what a union report called federal police agents, while Juan Linares Montufar, president of the union's general council, was taken into custody Wednesday at his home in Los Reyes, Michoacan.....

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