Angry citizens in Puerto Escondido yesterday. Angry citizens in Puerto Escondido yesterday.

Territorial fight flares in Oaxaca beach town

1 dead, 3 wounded in gunfire on the streets of Puerto Escondido

There was gunfire yesterday in the streets of Puerto Escondido, one of Oaxaca’s principal tourist destinations, but it wasn’t a result of warring crime gangs engaged in a gun battle.


The cause was similar to most disputes in the state — a fight over the ownership of land.

One person died and at least three were wounded in the 40-minute confrontation that took place in the city of Puerto Escondido, steps from the Adoquín, one of the beach destination’s tourist attractions.

For many years the municipalities of Santa María Colotepec and San Pedro Mixtepec have been at odds over the territory on which Puerto Escondido sits, and every few years, usually after local elections, tempers flare and the dispute turns violent.

Early yesterday, according to local reports, two employees of the city’s Agencia Municipal turned up on the Adoquín to help business owners do some clean-up.

Santa María Colotepec police soon turned up and took the two into custody because the area is part of the disputed territory and is claimed by Colotepec.


When officials of San Pedro Mixtepec got word of the detention they called for a meeting of citizens at the Agencia Municipal, where it was agreed they would march peacefully to a Colotepec municipal office nearby.

But that municipality’s police fired warning shots into the air at the approach of the delegation and the gunfire began.

A report by the newspaper El Imparcial suggested that the first shots were provoked by the sight of bodyguards of San Pedro Mayor Fredy Gil Pineda Gopar, who were carrying firearms.

The situation calmed after about 40 minutes but by that time the violence had left one person dead and three wounded along with worry among citizens. The incident came at the height of the city’s winter tourism season and most depend on the tourist industry.

Source: El Imparcial (sp)

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  • miabeach

    The first advertisement after the last sentence of this interesting article of local folklore is; Retire to Mexico in 2017.

    • Steve Galat

      Yes….of COURSE “retire in Mexico” Your point is….What? That YOU can afford to retire in Monaco or le Côte d’Azur? Frankly, even Honduras is a safer, more civilized belvedere whence to view the millennial spectacle of USA implosion & collapse

      • JCM4

        dude, your tinfoil hat is showing

        • Steve Galat

          Sorry, bro…..I’ve been away too long, I guess…..My bad! So….seriously, ‘de cabrones’….What’s a “tinfoil hat” ??? (Gracias from Puerto Aventuras Q.R.)

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      • miabeach

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  • Ah, boys will be boys.

  • Daniel Montes

    I own land in Colotepec right in middle of Zicatela Beach. Come and take my land and find out what I have waiting for you. I’m one landowner of thousands in Colotepec citizens here who have the same plan. San Pedro wants Zicatela, because it’s developing into a nice tourist location. Problem is that Colotepec will not permit it.

  • Henry Wilson

    the quickest way to collapse the mexican economy will be the government allowing the violent gang wars to overtake the tourist areas. such is happening in acapulco, and now along the maya caribe. chase the fat cats out of cancun, the oaxaca coast, and other resort regions and that golden goose is cooked.

  • WestCoastHwy

    Been there done that! These Mexican Hillbillies don’t know how to even Count how would you expect them to Read?

    “Santa María Colotepec police soon turned up and took the two into custody because the area is part of the disputed territory and is claimed by Colotepec.” First of all the property is located in San Pedro Mixtepec Municipality so why is Santa Maria Colotepec police out of their jurisdiction responding to a noncriminal act, well, I’ll tell you, Because Mexicans, most but not all are Uneducated and completely ignorant about the Judicial Process that had been decided on this conflict years ago and the losing party had a change to appeal but lost.

    These Mexican Hillbillies’ little minds just can grasp the fact that the Law has made a Decision so, Hey Mexico, you need to educate your people about the Legal Process and how it’s the Authority and needs to be Respected! FCS!

  • Pogo

    This ongoing issue is competition for tourist dollars. It seems like an equitable solution could be attained by good long talks and friendly exchanges of ideas. No? Yes. Get together, folks. Mexicans have hearts of gold. You are above the other bloody conflicts of cartels and corrupt officials. Get together on your own. Make some phone calls. Be friendly and work it out. Please.