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Mexico Oaxaca – clamour for justice

31st July 2007, 14:13:16 UTC

In June 2006 widespread protests demanding the resignation of the State Governor erupted in
Oaxaca State. For several months Oaxaca City was brought to a standstill. The political
turmoil lasted into 2007 and provoked a prolonged public security crisis. Most protests were
peaceful. However, there were many violent clashes between sections of the opposition
movement, the security forces and supporters of the local state government. At least 18 people
were killed in circumstances that have yet to be clarified and many others were seriously
injured. The majority of those killed were demonstrators, but at least two were opposed to the
protest movement. The disturbances also resulted in significant damage to people’s
livelihoods and property.

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