This November 28, 2012 article by Brent Patterson, provides a chronology of the mining-centred conflict in San José del Progreso.
[From the Article:]
The Blue Planet Project participated in a ‘Misión Civil de Observación’ in San Jose del Progreso, Mexico last week. The group of about 25 observers looked into the Canadian-owned Fortuna Silver mine (operating through its Mexican subsidiary Compañía Minera Cuzcatlan) near this community (ejido) of Indigenous Zapotec farmers near the city of Oaxaca.
Pieced together from various articles and reports, the following is a chronology of the situation in San Jose del Progreso:
– November – The federal government of Mexico grants Fortuna Silver/ Compañía Minera Cuzcatlan a concession of about 360 square kilometres of land to mine.
– March 14 – Local residents begin a blockade of the road going into the mine concession, which lasted for more than a month. They demand that the federal government cancel the concession granted to the company.
– May – Oaxaca Governor Ulises Ruiz (PRI) orders state police to end the blockade of the mine by force. Around 700 police are sent to end the blockade, 23 people are arrested.
– June – A local priest, Martín Octavio García Ortiz, who opposes the mine, is kidnapped and beaten. He is forced to leave the town. Read the full article.