Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala

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The Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala is an entity made up of Trique Indians who declared their autonomy of the Mexican state in 2006 as a reaction to repression by the Mexican state, especially the Oaxacan government,[1] whose leader Ulises Ruiz was targeted by the APPO movement at the time. The move is inspired by the Zapatista Movement in neighbouring Chiapas. It has since been the target of violent attacks by the local paramilitary groups UBISORT and MULT[2] which are related to the PRI, the party of Ulises Ruiz.[3]


  1. ^ López Bárcenas, Francisco (10 Jan 2007). "The autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala (Oaxaca)". Narco News Bulletin. 
  2. ^ México: La guerra contra los triquis, Francisco López Bárcenas, La Jornada, 10-12-2009, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  3. ^ Davies, Nancy (17 May 2010). "Oaxaca: The Ongoing Extermination of San Juan Copala's Autonomous Triquis".