Former head of the Oaxaca State Police arrested for homicide in an operation in Nochixtlán in 2016


According to official information, he participated in the coordination of the eviction operation in Asunción Nochixtlán; An operation in which members of the then Federal Police and the Gendarmerie also participated.

Froylán “N”, the former commissioner of the Oaxaca State Police, was arrested by elements of the Federal Ministerial Police for his alleged participation in the June 19, 2016 operation in Asunción Nochixtlán, which left eight people dead and about two hundred wounded.

According to official information, he participated in the coordination of the eviction operation in Asunción Nochixtlán; an operation in which members of the then Federal Police and the Gendarmerie also participated.

Federal authorities confirmed that the former State Police commander is accused of the murder of six people and injuries caused to other people in the eviction operation on June 19, 2019.

Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, el conflicto de 2016

In that event, federal and state public security agents fired on civilians who were blockading the federal highway to demand the release of the leaders of Section 22 of the National Union of Education Workers ( SNTE ) and to protest against the educational reform of former President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The detainee was transferred to the facilities of the Attorney General’s Office located in the municipality of San Bartolo Coyotepec, in Oaxaca, and presented before the Control judge, his hearing for the formulation of charges was scheduled for noon this Wednesday.

His arrest is added to the arrests of Juan PA, a former director in 2016 of the State Police Special Forces Division, in September 2021, and Carlos GR, who was part of the Federal Police and was one of the elements who was in charge of the operation.

What happened?

The events occurred on June 19, 2019 (Photo: EFE)

The events occurred on June 19, 2019 (Photo: EFE)

According to the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), “the community of Asunción Nochixtlán, gateway to the Oaxacan Mixteca, was violently attacked by hundreds of elements of the municipal, state and federal police, leaving behind a large number of victims and serious violations of their human rights.

It was 7:00 a.m. when teachers and the civilian population met in support of the teachers’ movement and to promote social reforms that would help improve the conditions of the Mixteca, which was constantly affected.

“Without prior notice of persuasion, they were attacked by a contingent of police forces: 400 federal police, 400 state police and 50 elements of the State Investigation Agency, which had the mission of recovering free movement on federal roads, as part of the ‘Operative Oaxaca’ ordered by the then governor of the State Gabino Cue” affirmed the CNDH.

No description available.

The demonstrators had to dissolve the blockade and withdrew to the cemetery that was in the direction of the town. It was here that teachers, youth, women and children defended themselves with stones and whatever they had at hand. The confrontation lasted until after 3:00 p.m.

The balance of the clashes between the authorities and the population was eight people dead103 injured and 46 affected by exposure to tear gas (of which 35 are minors), according to the Commission.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on October 19, 2019, stated: “Three years (after the massacre) it is still remembered, there are victims. All of them will be supported. There are things that take time and you know it… Justice takes time but it comes when there is a will”.


The Oaxaca Post