Two dead in Oaxaca land conflict

Two were killed and four injured in an ambush at San Miguel Aloapam in the Ixtlán de Juárez district of southern Mexico’s Oaxaca state, according to the municipal president Alejandro Cruz Pablo. State authorities said five men had been arrested at neighboring San Isidro Aloapam for their role in the attack. (Olor a mi Tierra, June 18) However, the Popular Indigenous Council of Oaxaca—Ricardo Flores MagĂłn (CIPO-RFM) said in a communique that PRI-affiliated armed campesinos from San Miguel Aloapam had entered San Isidro’s communal forest lands to illegally cut trees and fired upon residents who tried to bar their way. They said the five men taken from their community were not arrested by legitimate authorities, but “kidnapped” by “paramilitaries.” (CIPO-RFM, June 20)

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