MEXICO CITY (AP) — Protesting Mexican farmers on Friday freed about 50 police, detectives and members of Mexico’s Nationwide Guard they held captive for 3 days to press their calls for for land.
The Inside Secretary of the southern state of Oaxaca, Francisco García López, stated earlier the farmers had been holding the officers till the federal government agreed to return farmland they are saying belongs to them.
State and federal officers agreed to overview the farmers’ claims that they had been compelled off their land.
The officers don’t seem to have been mistreated, and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated Thursday “they’re negotiating, however they haven’t been taken hostage.”
Residents of the village of Santiago Textitlán seized about 29 police and prosecution brokers and 22 guard officers Tuesday. They are saying they had been compelled off the land final yr by assailants who haven’t been recognized.
Many farms in southern Mexico are held below widespread title by communities, however boundary disputes are widespread and may final for many years.
López Obrador has constantly ordered troops to not interact in confrontations, even when these contain drug traffickers and even when it means they’re held towards their will for temporary intervals. In 2019, the president ordered the discharge of a detained drug lord to keep away from bloodshed.