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2 men burned to death by mob in Mexico for alleged car theft

/ 12:24 PM September 22, 2015

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico — Angry villagers in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas beat and burned to death two men who they accused of trying to steal a car.

A civil defense official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said the two men were grabbed by the mob Monday in the town of San Juan Chamula.

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They turned them over to local police. But then a crowd seized the men from the local jail, pushed them through the streets, set them in wooden chairs and burned them to death. A leader of the mob was arrested.

Two men were burned to death in the same area in 2013 after they were accused of raping and killing a woman.

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San Juan Chamula is known for its rigid system of local Indian governance.

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