Farmers Protesting New Airport Free 6 Captives

From Times Wire Services


Farmers protesting the construction of an international airport near Mexico City have released a Bulgarian engineer and five Mexicans they took captive last week as punishment for conducting airport-related studies on their land.

Bulgarian Krassimir Kirilov and the five Mexicans were seized Friday in San Salvador Atenco, outside the capital, while carrying out studies for a Spanish company that plans to build three highways as part of the new airport. About 150 machete-wielding farmers released the captives in front of the Supreme Court in Mexico City.

San Salvador Atenco is one of several communities in the area known as Texcoco, where the six-runway, $2.3-billion airport is to be built.