2002
31/12/2002
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UPDATE & ANALYSIS:
30/04/2003

2002

1 January: Members of the CROCUT assault 46 members of the Consejo Indígena Popular Ricardo Flores Magón (CIPO-RFM) from the communities of Santiago Yagallo, San Isidro Reforma and Santa Maria Yaviche, in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca.

26 April: Two farmers are killed and nine are wounded in Pinotepa Nacional in a conflict following the local elections.

31 May: The Agua Fría massacre. 26 farmers from Santiago Xochiltepec, municipality of Santiago Textitlán located in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca, are ambushed and killed in Agua Fría. More than 100 shots are fired: several receive the coup de grace in the head and some are shot in the genitals with high calibre weapons. The victims’ money is also stolen. Sixteen inhabitants of the nearby town of Santo Domingo Teojomulco are arrested. In this area, one of the poorest in the state, six towns have old conflicts over the property of thousands of wooded hectares and fertile land. In fact the conflict had already caused around 300 deaths before the massacre. Nevertheless, there are other structural, historical and political factors to consider: most importantly, the negligence of different governments that had refused to address this particular conflict.

October: People from the Loxicha region in Oaxaca, denounce Diódoro Carrasco Altamirano, the ex-Governor and ex-Interior Minister, to the Special Office of the Public Prosecutor for Past Social and Political Movements. The charges related to his presumed responsibility in crimes against humanity, torture, forced disappearances and abuse of authority.