With fatal beating of Mexican
Border patrol terrorists strike again
Published Jun 10, 2010 10:28 AM
Pedestrians crossing the U.S./Mexico border from San Ysidro to Tijuana pass
through a long narrow corridor called the Puerta México. On the evening of
May 28 Anastasio Hernández Rojas, 42 years old, was tasered and beaten to
death by Border Patrol agents in a fenced off, official area abutting this
passageway. A border crosser who wished not to be identified told Diario San
Diego, a local binational Spanish language weekly, that she had witnessed the
beating by four or five agents as she and several other people waited to pass
through the nearby turnstile that provides pedestrian entry to Mexico.
near the border at the
San Ysidro, Calif., trolley stop.
WW photo: Bob McCubbin
“There weren’t many people around at the time,” she told the
reporter. “When I found out later that this was the person that died, it
made me very angry and I don’t want this death to go
This is not the story given out by the Border Patrol or repeated by the local
corporate media. According to them there was no beating and
Hernández’ death was the result of hypertension and the traces of
methamphetamine that they reported were found in his blood. But his cousin,
Verónica Hernández, was able to view his body in a Chula Vista
hospital and declared it “bastante golpeado”[badly beaten]. She
also commented that her cousin had no history of drug abuse. Further, the
medical report on his death ruled it a homicide.
Anastasio Hernández Rojas
The statement of the Raza Rights Coalition and the American Friends Service
Committee calling for a protest against this latest act of violence against the
Latino/a community read in part, “The killing of Anastasio Hernández
Rojas by Border Patrol agents is a clear indication of the climate of hate and
repression that is being fomented every day against migrant communities and is
tied to the current genocidal and murderous governmental policy.
“The border communities of San Diego repudiate and denounce this
aggression against human and civil rights in general, and the impunity evident
with the murder of Mr. Hernández Rojas in particular. Furthermore, we
demand a swift and transparent investigation of this lamentable case.
“Words can’t describe the extremely violent acts that resulted in
the death of Anastasio. Our silent protest will help expose the cruelty of a
militarized border that is built upon a foundation of hate and
A June 3 mobilization against the senseless killing of Hernández drew
hundreds of community residents and activists to the San Ysidro trolley stop
near the border crossing. Rejecting a police order that they not march to and
rally at the Puerta México turnstile, they defiantly crossed the
pedestrian bridge, under which hundreds of slow-moving vehicles waited for
passage into Tijuana.
As the motorists became aware of the protesters on the bridge, many of whom
were chanting, “Justicia! Justicia!” [Justice, Justice] the clamor
of car horns became deafening. At the turnstile a binational rally and vigil
took place, with the participation on the Mexico side of the turnstile by
Tijuanenses mobilized by the Procuraduría de los Derechos Humanos de Baja
Hernández, a 26-year resident of San Diego, leaves behind a spouse and
five children who are U.S. citizens. He is remembered as a hard worker and a
good father and friend. Anastasio Hernández Rojas, ¡presente!
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