An estimated 5,000 Tzotzil Maya peasants have been forced to flee their homes in the municipality of Chalchihuitán, in Mexico's southern Chiapas state, facing threats by armed men in a land dispute with the neighboring municipality of Chenalhó. The local Catholic diocese said that an "atmosphere of terror" prevails in the area, and warned of a repeat of the 1997 Acteal massacre, when 45 were killed by paramilitary gunmen in a hamlet of Chenalhó.
An uprising in the indigneous municipality of Chenalhó ousted the mayor from Mexico's Green Party—assailed as a "satellite" of the ruling PRI linked to paramilitary groups.
Zapatista supporters around the world are holding demonstrations to protest an attack on a rebel community in Chiapas, as state police make arrests in the case.
Supporters of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) in Mexico's Chiapas state charge that a rival group is responsible for violence in which a Zapatista follower was killed.
Israel’s embassy in Mexico City denied widespread reports in the Mexican media that Israeli military advisors are training police in the southern state of Chiapas.
Followers of the indigenous pacifist group Las Abejas held a ceremony at the hamlet of Acteal in the Chiapas Highlands to remember the 1997 massacre there and demand justice.
The US State Department issued a finding that Mexico’s ex-president Ernesto Zedillo should be immune from a suit brought against him in connection with the 1997 Acteal massacre.