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Priest denounces mistreatment by federal officers at airport

A Jesuit priest was detained for 40 minutes by National Guard police after being mistaken for an Uber driver at the Guadalajara International Airport, Mural newspaper and other sources have reported.

Hernán Quezada said he had entered to the parking zone in a van to collect two professors from the Fordham University in New York when the federal cops tried to slap him with a 450-peso fine, alleging he was a Uber driver working in a prohibited area. The priest said the officers continued to detain him despite showing them his identification, and the Jesuit logos on his van.   Quezada later shared his experience on social media.

The National Guard maintains a strong presence at the airport, often with as many as a half-dozen pickups parked at the end of the drop-off areas, near to where a new hotel is currently under construction. All the officers on guard are heavily armed.

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