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MEXICO CITY -- Three indigenous activists were ambushed and shot dead in southern Mexico, their organization said Tuesday.

The activists, belonging to the Committee for the Defense of Indigenous Rights (CODEDI), were returning from a meeting with government officials with whom they had discussed local affairs on Monday.

Heavily armed men, believed to be hit men, fired on their vehicle as they were travelling by road near Miahuatlan in Oaxaca state.

"We blame the state government and the federal government for any harassment, intimidation or reprisals," the organization said in a statement.

Mexico has nearly 16 million indigenous people, who make up about 12 percent of the population. The constitution guarantees their rights, but they often suffer from poverty, discrimination and violence.


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