The situation in the Mexican city of Oaxaca continues to deteriorate with what appears to be an outbreak of violence by citizens tired of the leftists blocking roads. A car full of men returning from a night drinking at a bar were refused permission to pass a leftist roadblock. One man got out of the car and started shooting. One protester was killed and another wounded.
The shooting immediately fueled tensions in Oaxaca, where tens of thousands of striking teachers and leftist protesters have been demanding the resignation of Oaxaca state Gov. Ulises Ruiz.
Protesters blamed the shootings on undercover police and soldiers sent by Ruiz's government. State investigators said the shooting was prompted by frustration over months of blockaded streets and had nothing to do with politics.
Investigators said a group of four men were driving away from a bar after a night of drinking when they encountered the roadblock. After the demonstrators refused to let them pass, at least one of the men got out of the vehicle and began shooting.
Alejandro Garcia, 42, was shot in the head and died of his injuries late Saturday afternoon, hospital officials said. A second victim, 19-year-old Marco Antonio Joaquin, was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder and released.
It was not immediately clear if any of the men allegedly involved in the shooting had been arrested.
Garcia was at least the fourth person killed in Oaxaca's unrest. Two protesters have been shot to death in clashes with police. Last week, a teacher was hacked to death by attackers wielding an ice pick. Colleagues said they believed he was killed because he opposed the strike.
The Mexican government needs to step in and clean up the situation there. Oaxaca will take years to recover its former tourist business as it is. The longer this goes on, the harder it will be to fix the damage.
UPDATE: Mexican authorities have arrested a soldier for the shootings. The soldier appears to have been off duty and not a plant (as the leftists are charging).