Saturday, April 16, 2011

Disturbances in Michoacán over illegal logging

In the predominantly indigenous zona purépecha in Michoacán, hundreds of villagers attacked what they claim were illegal loggers, and even threatened to "rise up in arms" against local authorities. Many were wounded, including from gunshots.

Clandestine, illegal logging - talamontes - is a huge problem in Michoacán, as in other regions: According to the Federal Forestry Commision, more than 2,500 illegal workshops are scattered throughout the purépecha zone, which has lost a significant of forests to this illegal activity.

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