The MexicoBlog of the CIP Americas Program monitors and analyzes international press on Mexico with a focus on the US-backed War on Drugs in Mexico and the struggle in Mexico to strengthen the rule of law, justice and protection of human rights. Relevant political developments in both countries are also covered.
Apr 20, 2012
Mexican indigenous community holds 14 police after killings
Associated Press: Inhabitants of an indigenous community in western Mexico detained 14 police officers and a local official after eight of their neighbors were killed by illegal loggers.
Thursday's detention was the latest flare-up of tension between the community in Cheran, Michoacan state, illegal loggers, armed gangs and the police.
"They took our colleagues to punish us because supposedly we were not patrolling the area well," said a state police officer, declining to give his name.
The state government was trying to reach a deal to free the detainees, he said. read more