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  • Policemen clashing with dissident teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico, June 19, 2016.

    Policemen clashing with dissident teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico, June 19, 2016. | Photo: EFE

Published 2 September 2016

The victims say they were never consulted, bolstering claims that the Senate commission was seeking to perpetuate a cover-up.

Representatives from the Committee of Victims from Nochixtlan, Oaxaca — the town that was the site of a brutal police crackdown that saw eight people killed — say lawmakers tasked with investigating the incident never spoke to them and are demanding Congress strike a new commission.

Mexican Lawmakers Say Gov't Seeking Cover-up in Oaxaca Massacre

In a press conference Thursday a spokesperson for the committee said that the Senate's report “favored the voice of the repressors” and ignored the testimony of the victims, La Jornada reported.

Juana Ramon Solis, a member of the Committee of Victims from Nochixtlan, said the Senate commission reached out to her in a tokenistic manner, emailing her days before the final report was due and asking her to speak to them with only a day's notice.

She added that a meeting between the victims of the state repression and the Senate commission never took place, despite claims to the contrary by Senator Mariana Gomez del Campo.

The official investigation into the events of June 19, which saw police use live ammunition against demonstrators, was previously criticized by lawmakers from various leftist parties, who accused lawmakers and the Office of the Attorney General of trying to engage in a cover-up.

During a press conference last month, government officials and Senator Gomez del Campo seemed to be more interested in outlining the alleged misdeeds of the residents of Nochixtlan and not the actions of police.

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On June 19, 2016, a police operation aimed at clearing road blockades in the southern state of Oaxaca turned violent, with at least ten people killed and hundreds injured.

Government and police officials first tried to claim police did not use live ammunition but were forced to retract after photos and videos emerged showing police firing their weapons at demonstrators.

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