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More on riot after Mexican police end pirate CD sales, verified



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"Mexican police suppress pirated CD sales, riot ensues (unverified)"
http://www.politechbot.com/p-03249.html

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From: "Xeni Jardin" <xeni@xeni.net>
To: <declan@well.com>, <politech@politechbot.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 16:37:10 -0800

Declan,

That story was earlier reported by AP and EFE wire services, along with
major Spanish-language news media.

All best wishes,
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Xeni Jardin
freelance journalist + conference manager
xeni@xeni.net | www.xeni.net

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<http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/020308/mexico_chiapas_riot_1.html>

Friday March 8, 3:30 pm Eastern Time

Associated Press

Mexican street vendors riot during raid of black-market music stands

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico (AP) -- Indian street vendors burned
vehicles and vandalized stores in the public market here when agents from
the state prosecutor's office tried to crack down on the sale of pirated
music.

State police arrested 60 people in connection with the incident, which
happened Thursday evening.

Enoc Hernandez Cruz, president of the municipality, estimated that the
damage exceeded 20 million pesos (about $2 million).

The disturbance began around 7 p.m. (0000 GMT), when the state agents
tried to shut down a stall selling black-market CDs and cassettes.

Several street vendors retaliated by setting fire to several cars and a
nearby supermarket. Local firefighters put out the blazes, but not before
dozens of people passing through the market were injured.

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<http://www.thenewsmexico.com/noticia.asp?id=20964>

Dozens arrested in clash between Mexican police, vendors
EFE - 3/10/2002

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Chiapas - Fifty-two were arrested and several
people injured during clashes between Indian vendors and police in San
Christobal de las Casas in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas,
officials said Friday.

The conflict erupted Thursday night when several police officers entered
one of the largest markets in the city in order to seize what they
suspected were smuggled goods.

According to police, the vendors tried to thwart the operation by throwing
rocks at the officers, who responded with clubs and tear gas.

Several stores in the zone were looted during the riot and two cars and a
motorcycle belonging to the Attorney General's Office were set on fire, as
was a private vehicle on the scene.

Manuel Collazo, a Protestant leader from Chiapas, was among the 52
protesters arrested for allegedly clashing with the police.

Chiapas Gov. Pablo Salazar pledged Friday to prosecute the suspected
rioters, ensure the injured receive adequate medical assistance and help
business owners who suffered losses during the clashes.

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From: [deleted]
To: declan@well.com
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 19:10:12 -0500

Declan -- the riot has been reported elsewhere


                       South Florida Sun-Sentinel
                   Copyright 2002 by the Sun-Sentinel

                        Saturday, March 9, 2002

                             FOREIGN

  Mexico

  Indian vendors clash with police in Chiapas

  SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS Hundreds of Tzotzil Indians clashed
  with police Thursday night in this tourist city in Chiapas state,
  leaving eight police officers hospitalized and at least 50 people
  under arrest, authorities said Friday.

  A riot erupted as federal agents began taking indigenous street
  vendors into custody and seizing their merchandise in an operation to
  crack down on pirated CDs, tapes and other goods, said Mayor Enoc
  Hernandez.

  "The operation got out of control, friends of the [vendors]
  arrived and defended them, turning over police trucks and lighting
  them on fire," Hernandez said.

Houston Chronicle
                   Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle

                        Saturday, March 9, 2002

                              NEWS

                             IN BRIEF
                    Houston Chronicle News Services

  Music vendors riot over crackdown

  SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico - Indian street vendors burned
  vehicles and vandalized stores in the public market here when agents
  from the state prosecutor's office tried to crack down on the sale of
  pirated music. State police arrested 60 people in connection with the
  incident, which happened Thursday evening.

Orlando Sentinel
                 Copyright 2002 by The Orlando Sentinel

                        Saturday, March 9, 2002

                            A SECTION

       U.S. & Latin America Latin American & Caribbean News to Note

                PIRATED-MUSIC RAID STARTS RIOT

  SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico -- Indian street vendors burned

  vehicles and vandalized stores in the public market here when agents
  from the state prosecutor's office tried to crack down on the sale of
  pirated music. State police arrested 60 people in connection with the
  incident, which happened Thursday night. Damage was estimated to
  exceed $2 million.

The Seattle Times
                           Copyright 2002

                        Saturday, March 9, 2002

                               News

                          Around the World


  Crackdown on street vendors prompts a riot in Mexican city

  SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico -- Hundreds of Tzotzil Indians

  clashed with police Thursday night in this tourist city, leaving
  eight police officers hospitalized and at least 50 people under
  arrest, authorities said yesterday.

  A virtual riot erupted as federal agents began taking indigenous
  street vendors into custody and seizing their merchandise in an
  operation to crack down on pirated CDs, tapes and other goods, Mayor
  Enoc Hernandez said.

  The local police force was overwhelmed by some 500 Tzotzil Indians
  who set cars and a supermarket on fire and looted stores in the heart
  of the colonial city, Hernandez said.





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