Troops occupy ‘autonomous’ pueblo in Oaxaca

Yucuquimi

Tired of what they call political paralysis and corruption in the local municipal seat of¬†Tezoatl√°n de Segura y Luna, in Mexico’s Oaxaca state, the Mixtec indigenous community of Yucuquimi de Ocampo last month declared itself to be a “free municipality” under its own “autonomous” self-government.¬†¬†Since then, the state and central government have had the community flooded with troops both from the army and newly created¬†National Guard force. On Sept. 24, local residents clashed with National Guard troops. The following day, local followers of the Agrarian Indigenous Zapatista Movement (MAIZ) marched on the state capital to demand withdrawal of the troops from the community. The Zapatista rebels in neighboring Chiapas state have issued a statement in support of the “free municipality.” (APRO, ADN, Imparcial, Imparcial, Oax., RiOaxaca, Pagina3)

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