CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2006 |
If you are having trouble getting your hands on fresh spinach these days, you may be able to commiserate with the owners of Mexican restaurants serving cuisine from the state of Oaxaca. Political unrest in the southern Mexico region has translated into U.S. shortages of imported traditional staples, among them fried grasshoppers, spicy mole paste and crunchy tortillas known as tlayudas.
November 12, 2006 |
IT'S all about the worm. A scrum of tourists rushed the tasting bar of Mezcal Beneva's restaurant-distillery Rancho Zapata, just a few yards from the kilometer 42.5 marker on the Oaxaca-Istmo highway. Eighteen-year-old Marisol Reyes had just given us a guided tour of the distillery, called a palenque in Spanish. She told us about the agave plants and how they're harvested and cooked. We watched a donkey drag a huge stone wheel round and round a track crushing agave pulp.
May 5, 2009 |
It was Easter weekend when people in Oaxaca noticed strange happenings at the state-run Dr. Aurelio Valdivieso General Hospital. Sections were suddenly off-limits. Security guards were added. The cop reporter at the local newspaper, El Diario Despertar, got a tip from a source at the hospital. Not above dressing its journalists up as paramedics, the paper sent two people to investigate. They quickly realized that the hospital was seized by alarm.
December 17, 2006 |
Hundreds of federal police officers packed up their tents and marched out of Oaxaca's central square, ending their seven-week occupation. The officers had been sent in to put down a lengthy protest by leftists that had left nine people dead. More than 4,000 federal police seized the plaza from protesters in October, five months after they had taken it over to demand the resignation of Oaxaca state Gov. Ulises Ruiz.
October 2, 2006 |
Military helicopters stepped up flyovers above the protest-racked Mexican colonial city of Oaxaca, where activists who have seized parts of the city fear a government offensive to expel them. The helicopters, which first appeared Saturday, swooped low over the center of the popular tourist town, angering protesters who have blocked streets for months to demand the resignation of Gov. Ulises Ruiz.
July 24, 2006 |
Gunmen attacked Oaxaca's university radio station, authorities said Sunday, the latest incident in a wave of confrontations and protests that have driven many tourists out of this historic Mexican city. Assailants fired rounds into the station's windows while it was on-air late Saturday, the Oaxaca state government said. Nobody was hurt in the attack. Witnesses said the attack was carried out by at least 10 masked assailants. The station has supported a wave of protests aimed at ousting Gov.