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San Salvador Atenco in Mutiny! Mexican Pigs Invade Liberated Town

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Mexican police say they are now in control of the town of San Salvador Atenco after a day of clashes with locals armed with machetes.

Six police officers taken hostage by the rioters had been released, state of Mexico officials said on Thursday. From BBC News:

Mexican police retake riot town

Mexican police say they are now in control of the town of San Salvador Atenco after a day of clashes with locals armed with machetes.

Six police officers taken hostage by the rioters had been released, state of Mexico officials said on Thursday.

A teenage boy was killed and dozens of people were injured in the riots [editors note: no townspeople were injured by "the riots. They were injured by the police.] which lasted throughout Wednesday.

The violence erupted when three street vendors were arrested on suspicion of trading without permits.

Local residents are then reported to have attacked police with machetes and petrol bombs, and blocked the main road.

Police fired tear gas into the crowds and used batons. Dozens of protesters were arrested - among them a prominent peasant movement leader, Ignacio del Valle.

Boy's death 'unclear'

Local reports say up to 50 police officers were injured in the clashes - a number of them seriously.

Six of them were taken hostage by the armed protesters, who later handed them over to the Red Cross.

Officials in the state, which borders Mexico City, said the circumstances surrounding the death of a 14-year-old boy were unclear.

Police said they had managed to make it into the centre of town at about 0700 (1200 GMT) on Thursday and had re-opened the road.

An estimated 4,000 federal and state police are reported to be in Atenco area.

The town was the scene of violent protests in 2002, when local farmers opposed the construction of a new international airport for Mexico City.

Plans for the airport were cancelled after days of pitched battles with police.


Story from BBC NEWS

Published: 2006/05/04 17:19:17 GMT

Residents of the Mexican town of San Salvador Atenco rose up against police on Wednesday, chasing them out of town and taking control.

State riot police were brought in but could not subdue the violence. Here, officers dive for cover as a missile hits their police car.

Clashes broke out after a police operation to arrest traders without licences.

The rebellion spread to the neighbouring town of Texcoco, where residents with stones and machetes faced off against police.

Javier Cortes Santiago, 14, was killed during the clashes, but it is not clear how.

As police were forced to flee, youths seized their patrol cars, gas masks and shields. Some officers were also taken hostage.

On Thursday police were sent back in, in a concerted effort to take control of San Salvador Atenco.

Violence continued as residents manned barricades from where they rained petrol bombs on police.

Eventually police regained control, arresting those involved. Police hostages were ultimately released.

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San Salvador Atenco in Mutiny! Mexican Pigs Invade Liberated Town
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, May 05 2006 @ 11:23 PM CDT
WOW! What A LOT of good THAT did! How awesome! They achieved so much toward liberating their people! Amazing! I am shocked!
San Salvador Atenco in Mutiny! Mexican Pigs Invade Liberated Town
Authored by: MagonistaRevolt on Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 12:56 AM CDT
are you fucking kidding me? These people rose up to oust an abusive authority who had killed one of their own. They chased the government out of their city! Take a look at that photo where the pigs are running away from the people, scared! If only for a day, the people of San Salvador Atenco created a world in which they could live without these authorities. We have a lot to learn from them.

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." -Howdy Doody