Triqui Peoples in OaxacaCleveland 08 Feb 2007 23:38 GMT
On January 21, 2007, in San Juan Oaxaca Mexico, the Triqui indigenous peoples with help from the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxca, declared their autonomy from the state government. Their announcement came after community leaders deliberated for two months among themselves to elect a president, a vice president, a mayor, a secretary, and six people who make up the Council of Elders. The new president of this autonomous governing body, Jose Ramirez Flores, a 32 year old farmer, has recieved a number of death threats, along with others who took part in the assembly to elect leaders. One man, Roberto Garcia Flores, was assinated on his way to the assembly.