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US Flag Burned in Morelos in Protest of Texas’ Scheduled Execution of Edgar Tamayo

Members of community organizations blocked the entrance to a McDonald’s and a Burger King restaurant and burned a U.S. flag in downtown Cuernavaca on Thursday in protest of Texas’ scheduled execution of Edgar Tamayo Arias.

“We want to send a clear message, we are asking for an administrative appeal [in favor of] Edgar Arias Tamayo,” said Taurino Castrejon Salgado, a spokesman for Unión de Campesinos y Migrantes of Morelos, which is Tamayo’s homestate.

Edgar Tamayo, 46, is scheduled to be executed on January 22.

Tamayo was sentenced to death by a Texas court for the 1994 murder of a Houston police officer, but in violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, was not informed of his right to receive counsel from Mexican officials.

In 2004, Tamayo was one of 51 Mexicans named in Mexico v. United States of America, a lawsuit filed before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Mexico won, and the United States ordered to review the cases involving the 51 Mexican citizens awaiting execution; however, in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Medellín v. Texas that decisions from the International Court of Justice were not binding domestic law.

Castrejon Salgado said more protests are planned for the coming days. Amnesty International and editorials are calling on Governor Perry of Texas to stay Tamayo’s execution. Others are calling for a boycott of Texas.

Photo via Twitter user AreliGlz90

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