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Friday, July 01, 2011

Mexican ex-president arrested on genocide charges
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On July 1, 2006, former Mexican president Luis Echeverria was placed under house arrest after a Mexican appeals court ruled the day before that it had enough evidence to charge him with genocide. The charges were in connection with his role in putting down a 1968 student revolt in which dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of protesters were killed by police and military officers. Echeverria was Interior Minister at the time. He served as president of Mexico between 1970 and 1976, and became notorious for fighting a "dirty war" against Mexican leftists.

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