The government of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca apologized for the first time June 15 for a police raid on striking teachers in the central plaza of the state capital one year ago that led to Mexico’s worst political unrest in years. Oaxaca Government Secretary Manuel Garcia Corpus issued the statement on behalf of Gov. Ulises Ruiz, whose refusal to negotiate with the strikers sparked the crisis. “The government of Ulises Ruiz gives the people of Oaxaca a public apology for the events that arose after the 14th,” Garcia Corpus told the government news agency Notimex, refering to the police raid of June 14, 2006. (AP, June 15)
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