Hugo Castro, a U.S. citizen and immigrant rights activist from San Diego, disappeared Thursday evening after posting a Facebook Live video from the shoulder of a highway near Mexico City, saying a group of criminals was “hunting” him.
“Seriously, I was threatened, they want to kill me,” he said in Spanish, asking for someone to pick him up, describing his location as Kilometer 37 of the highway to Puebla out of the Mexican capital.
Castro is a volunteer coordinator at Border Angels, a San Diego-based advocacy group. KPBS aired a story on Monday that followed Castro as he delivered donations to migrant shelters in Tijuana.
His disappearance came as he was en route to participate in a caravan that is following asylum seekers from Central America on their dangerous trek to the U.S.-Mexico border.
The caravan is meant to raise awareness about allegations that the U.S. has been turning away refugees without reviewing their cases, as well as human rights abuses they reportedly suffer in Mexico.
Castro said in his Facebook live video, posted at 6:28 p.m. on Thursday, that a criminal organization had been following him for days and that they were now cornering him on the highway in freight vehicles.
He pointed the camera at an area of the highway where he said the freight vehicles were pulling over and watching him. The video is unclear but the tail lights of a vehicle are visible on the shoulder.
Castro, who appeared distressed, said he was almost out of money and that his phone’s battery would soon die.
He added that the criminal organization that he believed was following him was from Tamaulipas and that he suspected the government was involved.
“I can’t trust the police,” he said.
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