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Governor-General Michaëlle Jean's visit to Mexico this week risks being overshadowed by local protests over the shooting death of an anti-mining activist who had made a Canadian company the focus of his final campaign.

Among the complaints, according to local press reports, was the unproven allegation that Calgary-based Blackfire Exploration Ltd., which operates a barite mine in southern Mexico state of Chiapas, played a roll in the killing of Mariano Abarca Robledo, who was organizing resistance to mining in the region. Blackfire has denied any connection to the murder.