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Mexican pro-migrant priest flees death threats


An outspoken priest who runs a shelter for migrants in southern Mexico has temporarily left his facility after receiving death threats.

The shelter run by the Rev. Alejandro Solalinde says the Roman Catholic priest is "protecting his physical safety" until state and federal prosecutors thoroughly investigate the threats.

Prosecutors in southern Oaxaca state have said they are investigating and are providing police security for Solalinde.

Solalinde has become widely known in Mexico for publicly denouncing corruption and abuse of mainly Central American migrants who cross into Mexico seeking to reach the United States.

Last year, he took the unusual step of publicly implicating the violent Zetas drug cartel in the kidnapping of migrants.

The shelter says Solalinde is expected to return to his work, but doesn't say when.

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