She fought back against illegal loggers. Now she’s been found strangled on a highway in Mexico
Like many residents of the pine-covered hills of Cheran in central Mexico, Guadalupe Campanur led a life of radical resistance. As a young woman in 2011, she joined town leaders in fighting back against illegal loggers and drug traffickers accused of murdering local farmers. She later played a role when the town's newly formed self-defense patrols expelled the local government that was perceived as corrupt. They replaced police officers and politicians aligned with national parties with homegrown militias and assemblies inspired by the community's indigenous roots.