More Public Death Threats against Chihuahua Police
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El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 5/26/08
Three large signs with the names of police officers to be executed appeared yesterday (Sun.) morning hung from pedestrian overpasses in different points of the city of Chihuahua (capital of the state of Chihuahua.) Twenty-one officers are named, most of them from the State Public Security Dep’t. and from the state’s Att’y. General’s office. Last January, a similar death threat list of seventeen Juarez police officers was left at the Monument to the Police in Juarez. (A number of them have been executed since then. The attachment to this report is a photo of one of the new death threat signs)
Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 5/26/08
230 kilo bricks of cocaine were found by Mex. military at the La Esperanza Ranch located on the side of the Jaritas road that links Suchiate and Tapachula, Chiapas.
And three Turkish males, age 20, 21 and 34, were detained by Mex. immigration officials in Campeche after their passports showed no visa or admission stamp into Mexico.
Diario Xalapa (Xalapa, Veracruz) (nationwide distribution by large “o.e.m.” paper chain) 5/26/08
University researchers and a U.N. representative said that lacking an immigration accord no Mexican who crosses the border into the U.S. territory illegally could be protected from arbitrary, discriminatory detention or be defended from Border Patrol aggressions because Mexico does not have the economic capacity or the personnel for the required legal assistance. Jorge Bustamante, U.N. Human Rights representative, said that without social pressure on the federal government there will be no change in the treatment the compatriots receive in the United States. He added that without an immigration accord the probabilities are greater each day that xenophobia will triumph in the United States, with the consequent Nazi style arbitrary detentions and deportations.
El Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 5/26/08
Fifty-nine illegal Central Americans including 3 minors all headed for the United States were found hidden inside the false bottoms of two trucks at checkpoints in the state of Chiapas yesterday. (Sun.)
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 5/26/08
Two boats with 400 packages of marihuana weighing 3 tons 379 kgs. 800 gms. were seized by Mex. naval personnel in the El Castillo “fishing field”, Navolato, Sinaloa, on Saturday morning. The operators managed to escape.
(note: all citations about “tons” in these reports refer to metric tons)
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 5/26/08
After a public dance brawl between rival groups escalated and resulted in three men dead and three others seriously wounded, state police followed up on the case and searched some houses in the Alamos area of southeast Sonora and came up with about a ton and a half of marihuana plus firearms of various calibers, ammo & radios..
El Universal (Mexico City) 5/26/08
headline: “Mexican kidnappers operate in the U.S.”
At least 15 persons have been kidnapped in San Diego, Calif. and have been taken to safe houses in Tijuana by Mexican organized crime gangs who have trespassed the border to operate in the United States. At least nine of these kidnappings took place in the last few months. Most of the victims are said to be persons who fled from Tijuana in the first place because of insecurity and who relocated in the San Diego area.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 5/26/08
At least nine cities of the state of Zacatecas, Mex., are practically without men due to emigration and the proportion is now forty men to each one hundred women.
a.m. (Leon, Guanajuato) 5/26/08
(following is an op/column by Jesus Silva Herzog Marquez titled “Auspicious deaths” concerning the high levels of insecurity in Mexico due to drug trafficking. A relatively small portion of the first paragraph was omitted.)
From the first days of its administration, the Calderonista government toyed with labels: we are at war. The president put on a costume to send a very clear signal: he was the commander in chief of the battalion against narcotraffic. Afterward the word war disappeared from the official vocabulary but, judging by the blood, our battle does not fall short compared to conventional wars. If the violence which we’ve seen in our streets would have happened in the markets of Baghdad, there would be loud voices everywhere (saying that) the invasion has been a disaster and that we have to change strategies immediately.
Here the notice of the deaths has become ordinary and trivial information. Hidden in inside pages, barely highlighted by the macabre images that spread through the whole country, violence acquires a journalistic presence like that of the weather or the stock market. An automobile was burned with three cadavers inside; four heads were found in ice chests in Durango; an officer and his wife are murdered as they leave their house; a confrontation between gangs leaves eight dead; six persons decapitated; at the side of five bodies found along the highway there’s a sign that says: “Keep digging and stirring up the waters, sons of the f***ing mother and you’ll see what’s coming to you.” The national vocabulary expands with levantones, trunked, barreled, cemented, wrapped, taped and goat’s horns.
(transl. note: “levantones” ( forcible takeaways) refers to kidnappings not for ransom but usually for death. The other expressions refer to where and how execution victims are found: in car trunks, barrels, in cement, wrapped in bedding or canvas and with heavy tape. Goat’s horns is the popular nickname for AK-47 assault rifles)
There is no way of exaggerating the emergency. The blood numbers speak for themselves. There were 122 executions in the country from May 17 to the 23rd; 15 of the executed have shown signs of torture; 13 have been decapitated. 18 bodies have been used to spread intimidating messages. There have been 1,378 executions so far this year. If we add up the deaths since the start of the calderonista (sic) administration, we’d arrive at a hair raising figure: 4,172. The blood is from narco in its largest majority and is provoked by narco. As official figures demonstrate, the true enemy of narcotraffic is not the State but narcotraffic. The threat to the power of the narcos is not the government nor its military campaign: it’s their business competitors. Crime already stains the whole country but there are zones that concentrate violence. There have been 292 executions in Chihuahua; 197 in Sinaloa and 162 in Guerrero. According to statistics from the (Mex.) Department of Justice, the increase in violence is terrifying: executions have increased 47 % compared to the previous year.
And, nevertheless, the authorities insist in celebrating all this blood as an indication that the governmental strategy is working. They tell us that the executions are a good signal; that they show the weakness of the criminals and the strength of the State. According to the (Mex.) Attorney General, the government is advancing and the narcotraffickers retreat. That’s why they kill. In the thinking of Eduardo Medina Mora (note: the Att’y. Gen. of Mexico) the governmental strategy has a series of important successes: the criminal gangs are being broken up, the South American routes have been blocked; the tranquility of the criminals has been broken up. That’s why their reaction has been so violent and that’s why their products go up in price. In other words, the deaths that saturate the country are a good sign: they say that the State is winning the battle. The Attorney General’s allegation is disquieting: (it is) the most evident demonstration that the State is incapable of imposing order in the national territory, the exhibition of the most savage violence is interpreted as a favorable omen. The Orwellian argument is : savagery is civilization.
As long as more blood is spilled in the country it will be known that more harm has been done to the narcotraffickers. The more sadistic and macabre the crimes, the more insecurity the criminals will exhibit. Consequently, would a lessening of violence be worrisome? Basically, the problem remains the same from the start of the calderonista strategy against narcotraffic. It’s not clear what it’s searching for, nor how the strategy’s effect may be evaluated, nor how it’ll be known whether the “war” is being won or lost. The Mexican war is not so distant from the Iraqi one. Both interventions were useful to the presidents to demonstrate determination and courage to face a terrible enemy. But beyond the war gesture a lucid strategy has not been shown in its management; there has not been a clear or efficient management. Beyond the determination which president Calderon showed in the first days of his administration, it isn’t clear what he’s looking for, nor how the effect of his policy may be evaluated.
Can we admit the Attorney General Medina Mora’s optimistic anchorage as valid ? Things are going well: today they beheaded 25% more than last week. Let’s go on: the (number of) executed increased 30% compared to the executed ones last month. Let us persevere, even though the country becomes peaceful.
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