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1997 Dec 22
In Mexico some 70 pro-government gunmen of the Peace and Justice paramilitary group killed 45 people, including 21 women 9 men and 15 children, in the Tzoztzil Indian village of Acteal. Opposition groups called for the resignation of Gov. Julio Cesar Ruiz Ferro, who had repeatedly denied the existence of paramilitary groups in the state. In 1998 12 officials of the state attorney generalís office were arrested for failing to stop the massacre. The government paid compensation to families of the victims and to the wounded. In 1999 20 government supporters were sentenced to 35 years in prison and 81 people were still scheduled for trial. In Dec 2007 authorities re-arrested Antonio Santiz, the alleged mastermind of the massacre. Santiz had been arrested for his alleged involvement in 2000, but a judge threw out the charges in 2001, ruling there wasn't enough evidence. In 2008 a Mexican judge sentenced brothers Antonio and Mariano Pucuj to 26 years in prison for their participation in the massacre. In August, 2009, Mexico's Supreme Court ordered freedom for 20 men convicted in the Acteal massacre and new trials for six more, ruling that prosecutors used illegally obtained evidence. In November, 2009, the Supreme Court ordered the release of nine more people convicted in massacre, ruling their convictions were based on illegally obtained evidence. New trials were ordered for 16 others.
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1997 Dec 26
In Mexico sixteen Maya Indians were charged with first-degree murder in the Dec 22 massacre in Acteal.
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1997 Dec 27
In Mexico authorities charged Jacinto Arias Cruz, the mayor of Chenalho, and 23 supporters with murder of the villagers in Acteal.
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1997
Massachusetts Gov. Weld, 1st elected in 1990, resigned after Pres. Clinton named him ambassador to Mexico.
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1997
The book "Endangered Mexico: An Environment on the Edge" by Joel Simon was reviewed.
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1997
In Mexico a Health Ministry Study found that the use of cocaine had quadrupled among Mexico City teens in 6 years. Marijuana use had doubled.
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1997
Mexico implemented the Progresa social program. In 2000 it covered some 2 million rural families.
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1997
Ricardo Salinas Pliego blocked NBC from taking a 10% stake in Mexicoís TV Azteca as part of a previous deal to help TV Azteca learn the TV business.
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1997
In Mexico Andres Granier began serving as mayor of Villahermosa, capital of Tabasco state. He served to 2000. In 2006 Granier won elections for Tabasco state governor as a PRI candidate.
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1998 Jan 2
In Mexico Judge Maria Claudia Campuzano freed 5 suspects who were held in connection with the Dec 15 murder of John Peter Zarate. The judge claimed conflicting evidence as grounds for the release.
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1998 Jan 5
In Mexico Francisco Labastida took over as the chief of internal security after Emilio Chuayffet resigned under pressure from the Chiapas massacre.
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1998 Jan 7
In Mexico Chiapas Gov. Julio Cesar Ruiz Ferro submitted his resignation due to the massacre in Acteal.
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1998 Jan 12
In Mexico Chiapas state police opened fire on stone-throwing Indian protestors and 1 woman was killed and 2 others wounded. The government said the army arrested 27 state police at the site of the shooting near Ocosingo. Separately Chiapas state police commander Felipe Vazquez Espinosa was indicted for helping arm the paramilitary gunmen of the Acteal massacre.
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1998 Jan 24
In Mexico former Geníl. Jorge Maldonado Vega was arrested for allegedly trying to arrange a pact between two of the largest drug cartels. Captain Rigoberto Silva Ortega was also charged.
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1998 Jan 28
In Chiapas, Mexico, Rubicel Ruiz Gamboa, a peasant organizer in Ocosingo, was gunned down in an ambush.
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1998 Jan 28
In Mexico federal police in Guerrero came upon the anti-kidnapping squad of Morelos with the tortured body of a 17-year-old member of a kidnapping gang. They suspected that the body was to be dumped and arrested the state officers that included Armando Martinez Salgado, chief of the squad.
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1998 Jan 31
In Mexico, three Indian villagers were found hanged in the Chiapas town of Ocosingo. Also Antonio Gomez Flores, an Ocosingo peasant leader, died when a truck smashed into his car as he left the funeral of Rubicel Ruiz Gamboa.
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1998 Feb 9
In Mexico it was reported that flash floods in Tijuana killed at least 13 people.
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1998 Feb 26
The US certified Mexico as a fully cooperating partner in the war on drugs.
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1998 Feb
In Guadalajara, Mexico, Moises Padilla (33) was kidnapped and tortured with knives. He was left naked and bleeding with 68 wounds and told to "Stop saying bad things about the Servant of God." Padilla was a principal witness in charges against Samuel Joaquin Flores and his evangelical group the Light of the World."
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1998 Mar 3
In Mexico Senator Layda Sansores discovered a government spy center in Campeche. 22 similar operations throughout the country were indicated by the records found.
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1998 Mar 5
In Chiapas, Mexico, 46 prison inmates escaped after a labor group of taxi drivers marched into the Ocosingo jail in a protest demanding the release of some inmates and the withdrawal of government troops.
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1998 Mar 20
In Mexico a new law, the Nationality Act, went into effect that allowed Mexican-born Americans and their children to hold Mexican nationality and US citizenship. The law permitted dual nationality but not dual citizenship.
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1998 Mar 26
In Mexico a mob in Huejutla lynched 2 suspected kidnappers after a judge ordered the 2 men freed on $600 bail. 30 residents were arrested in the lynching.
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1998 Mar 27
In Mexico Adrian Carrera Fuentes, former director of the Federal Judicial Police, was arrested on charges of being on the payroll of the Arellano Felix drug gang.
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1998 Mar 29
In Mexico Carol Janet Schlosberg, an American artist, was raped and beaten at Puerto Escondido. She was then tossed into the Pacific and drowned. In 1999 Cirilo Olivera Lopez and Rosendo Marquez Gutierrez were convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
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1998 Mar
In Mexico Pres. Zedillo issued a revised proposal of the 1996 San Andres Larrainzar accord on autonomy for indigenous people.
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1998 Mar
Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Mexico began talking to reduce oil output. They pledged to take 2-3% of the worldís oil production off the market in what came to be called the Riyadh Pact.
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1998 Apr 12
In Mexico authorities expelled 12 foreigners from Chiapas state saying they had engaged in activity in support of the Zapatista rebels. Two intíl. news photographers were beaten and police attempted to confiscate their film as they boarded a plane for Mexico City. The expelled group reported that they had witnessed a military operation to shut down a town council in Taniperlas, that was raided the previous day by 750 police and troops.
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1998 Apr 19
In Mexico Octavio Paz (84), poet and essayist, died of cancer. His work included "The Labyrinth of Solitude" and the poem "Sun Stone."
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1998 Apr 29
The United States, Canada, and Mexico agreed to eliminate tariffs on items accounting for $1 billion in trade at a meeting in Paris of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
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1998 May 5
In Mexico a forest fire killed 19 firefighters and left 12 missing.
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1998 May 8
In Mexico immigration authorities put a limit on human rights delegations to Chiapas. Groups of 10 people would only be allowed to stay 10 days.
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1998 May 11
Mexico expelled 40 Italian human-rights activists, labeled as professional provocateurs, who spent 9 days in Chiapas and banned them from returning.
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1998 May 13
In Mexico impeachment procedures began for Jorge Carrillo Olea, governor of Morelos state.
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1998 May 17
Mexico continued to suffer in its worst drought in 70 years. Some 50 people were reported to have died fighting fires caused by peasants clearing their fields.
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1998 May 18
The US Customs Service ended a 3-year sting operation, Operation Casablanca, with the indictment of 3 Mexican banks and 107 people on charges of laundering millions of dollars for drug-smuggling cartels.
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1998 May 21
In Cuernavaca, Mexico, police arrested the wife, son, daughter and daughter-in-law of kidnapper Daniel Arizmendi Lopez. He was wanted for carrying out at least 18 bold and brutal kidnappings since 1996.
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1998 May 22
In Tijuana, Mexico, the workers of the Han Young auto parts factory went on strike. An attempted strike break and political maneuverings by the company were unsuccessful and the case was to be put before a judge.
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1998 Jun 2
In Mexico the military leader of an anti-narcotics investigation was kidnapped and beaten by henchmen of Ramon Alcides Magana, aka El Metro. At the same time his office was robbed of evidence linking Yucatan Gov. Mario Villanueva Madrid to El Metro.
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1998 Jun 3
Mexico announced that it would prosecute US customs officials for breaking numerous Mexican laws in the undercover Casablanca operation that was announced May 18.
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1998 Jun 3
In Mexico Chiapas Gov. Roberto Albores ordered a thousand police officers and soldiers into the town of Nicolas Ruiz where 141 people were arrested for supporting Zapatista rebels.
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1998 Jun 4
Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela agreed to cuts in oil production and exports for the 2nd time this year in order to raise prices.
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1998 Jun 5
In Matamoros, Mexico, Salvador Gomez, a former policeman and drug cartel leader, was arrested.
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1998 Jun 7
In Mexico army troops killed 11 [12] leftist rebels of the EPR near Ayutla in Guerrero state. Another 5 were wounded and 21 were arrested. Erika Zamora Pardo, an EPR member, later testified that the guerrillas were shot when they surrendered with their hands up. She also testified that civilians trapped in a schoolhouse also tried to surrender, but that soldiers threw a fragmentation grenade in their midst.
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1998 Jun 8
In Mexico Catholic Bishop Samuel Ruiz resigned as chief mediator in peace negotiations with the Zapatista guerrillas. The committee that he led also resigned and accused the government of standing in the way of peace.
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1998 Jun 10
In Mexico 9 people were killed in Chiapas when the army tried to retake control of El Bosque. 52 people were arrested.
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1998 Jun 12
Strikes at GM plants in Flint idled 13 assembly plants and dozens of parts operations and 50,900 workers in the US, Canada and Mexico.
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1998 Jun 19
In Mexico the 37th annual US-Mexico Parliamentary Session opened.
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1998 Jun
Adrian Carrera Fuentes, former director of the Mexican Federal Judicial Police, was allowed to travel to the US to testify. In Houston he told a grand jury that he had collected nearly $2 million in drug bribes in 1993-1994 and turned the money over to Mario Ruiz Massieu, who fled Mexico in 1995.
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1998 Jul 5
Voters in Mexico elected governors in 10 states. The PRI won in Chihuahua with Patricio Martinez Garcia and in Durango. The PRD won in Zacatecas with Ricardo Monreal.
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1998 Jul 7
Mexican courts ordered the attorney generalís office to rehire more than half the 826 agents dismissed 6 months ago for failed drug tests and alleged corruption.
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1998 Jul 12
Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador agreed to join forces to build a $2 billion railroad network to link Central America with Mexico.
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1998 Jul 13
In Chiapas, Mexico, a technical junior high school in Oventic was inaugurated by Comandante Ezequiel and Peter Brown of the US. Brown was deported 2 weeks later for violating Mexican laws, i.e. building a school on a tourist visa.
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1998 Jul 23
In Mexico three girls escaped capture by police in Mexico City. They had been held for 4 days and the two youngest were repeatedly raped. Sixteen officers were later arrested.
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1998 Aug 2
In Mexico Felipe Gonzalez of the National Action (PAN) led the elections in Aguascalientes.
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1998 Aug 3
It was reported that Mexicoís bill for preventing the collapse of its banking system in 1995 was up to $65 billion.
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1998 Aug 12
Vincente Fox, governor of Guanajuato, Mexico, announced plans, during a speech in Oakland, to run for president in the year 2000 and to have every one of his stateís 4,500 communities provided with potable water, sewers, electricity, telephones and health services within a half hour for everyone.
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1998 Aug 13
US border agents found 7 people dead in the Anza-Borrego Desert. They were believed to be illegal immigrants abandoned by their smuggler.
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1998 Aug 18
In Mexico police nabbed Daniel Arizmendi (39) and 9 others. Arizmendi was the leader of a kidnapping gang that sent the ears of victims to their families to pressure for ransom.
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