August 6, 2005 |
Reflecting the mounting safety concerns plaguing Mexico's state-owned petroleum industry, the governor of Chiapas this week shut down a federally owned and operated oil well that he said posed a health and environmental hazard. It is believed to be the first time a state has shut down an installation of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, an entity whose revenue funds more than 30% of the federal government's budget.
January 29, 2003 |
Two state policemen, two municipal officials and a civilian were killed in a fierce gun battle Tuesday in Tres Cruces, Mexico, as police were attempting to catch suspects in a shooting that killed two civilians in the remote Chiapas state community Sunday, authorities said.
September 14, 2002 |
Police arrested at least 20 alleged members of a paramilitary group in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The Peace and Justice group has been blamed for the deaths of hundreds of people in clashes with supporters of the Zapatista rebels, who led a rebellion in the mid-1990s in the name of Indian rights. State Atty. Gen. Mariano Herran Salvatti said the men would be charged with homicide, cattle rustling and armed robbery.
November 29, 2001 |
A strong earthquake rattled southern Mexico, shattering windows and sending scared residents running from their homes. No injuries were immediately reported. The magnitude 6.4 quake was centered along the Pacific coast of the southern state of Chiapas, according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.
March 23, 2001 |
In an effort to salvage peace in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico's Congress voted to let Zapatista rebels speak before lawmakers to promote an Indian rights bill. Legislators passed a measure requiring at least 100 members of the 628-seat Congress to be present when the rebels make their pitch. Rebel leader Subcommander Marcos said the Zapatistas accepted Congress' proposal and would postpone their return to the jungle, which had been scheduled for today.
March 13, 2001 |
Ski-masked leaders of Mexico's Zapatista guerrillas met Monday with congressional mediators in the first serious attempt in nearly five years to address the demands that spurred the rebels' 1994 uprising in the southern state of Chiapas. Subcommander Marcos and 23 fellow commanders of the Zapatista National Liberation Army huddled behind closed doors with federal legislators in a university building in the Mexican capital to begin lobbying for Indian rights legislation.