Thousands flee Mexico terror gangs
Tuesday 30 December 1997
The evacuees (pictured left) are being taken to Polho, a village populated mainly by Zapatista sympathisers. Red Cross workers said as many as 3,500 people may be making their way here. The gangs began forming and arming themselves in March, and exploited local farmers in this lush coffee-growing area near the Guatemalan border. - AP, Polho
Photograph: Douglas Engle
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