Michoacan exporting itself to Illinois
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Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 5/27/08
The State of Michoacan’s Dep’t. of Migrants will offer cooperation and support to the Illinois Federation of Michoacan Clubs (“Fedecmi”) to bring about the 2008 “Michoacan Presence in the Mid West” promotion program.
Saira Mandujano Fernandez, Bi-national Links Coordinator, said that the program which aims to propagate the cultural, artistic and tourism riches of Michoacan will take place among the population of Illinois from May 30 to June 28.
Michoacan is the third highest expeller of workers and the pillar of its economy is individual monetary remittances from abroad. Of its 113 municipalities, 87 are considered very high expulsion areas. (transl. note: expulsion is used in this context as origin point for undocumented migration to other countries.)
Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 5/27/08
On a bus at Tuxtla, Chiapas: six Ecuadoreans and ten Guatemalans, all without documents. And in Arriaga, Chiapas, a truck with a double, false bottom held 31 Salvadorans, all also without proper travel documents. Three “polleros” (“chicken herders” : smugglers) with them were arrested.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 5/27/08
Guillermo Tamborrel, a Mexican Senator and member of the “PRI” Party of Mexico, rejected the possibility that drug usage would be legalized in Mexico because it is unacceptable especially now “that we’ve begun to make inroads against narcotraffic.” He pointed out that legalization of drug use in some places in Holland has had counterproductive results because there were more problems than solutions.
El Universal (Mexico City) 5/27/08
The month of May of this year is Mexico’s most violent in five years and has reached 370 executions in 26 days according to data compiled by El Universal . Not a single day has gone by without additions to the tally and Chihuahua, with 150 dead, is the state most impacted. Comparing May of 2008 with previous years’ execution figures:
2005 : 119. In 2006 : 175 and in 2007 : 198
Excelsior (Mexico City) 5/27/08
Raul Martinez, a “Ministerial Police” officer in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, was headed for work yesterday (Tues.) morning when two subjects using shoulder weapons fired on his car and killed him. Martinez’ car had at least thirty bullet impacts.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 5/27/08
Walter Guevara, Chief of the “Ocular Inspections” of El Salvador’s National Police Homicide Investigation Division, went to visit relatives north of San Salvador on his day off; he was returning, riding his motorcycle, when thugs hiding in the roadside cane growth opened fire with M16 rifles and 9 mm pistols.
Officer Guevara was hit 27 times and died on the spot.
Diario Xalapa (Xalapa, Veracruz) (Part of “o.e.m.” nationwide paper chain); El Debate (Culiacan Sinaloa) 5/27/08
The bullet-riddled, handcuffed bodies of four police officers from Culiacan, Sinaloa, missing since May 1st, were found on the bed of their pickup truck patrol unit hidden in a corn field; they’d been riding in that patrol unit when last seen. Their deaths bring to 19 the number of police officers executed this year in the state of Sinaloa. The patrol unit’s radio gear had been removed and its satellite location chip was destroyed. One other officer is also still missing from a separate incident.
In Durango, two other police officers were killed during an armed robbery assault. The overall tally of homicides in Mexico reached 21 between Sunday night and Monday.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.), Milenio, Excelsior ( both Mexico City) 5/27/08
In the Culiacan, Sinaloa, area two younger men were taken away by force and killed very late yesterday evening (Mon.) by some men carrying assault weapons. But then the kidnappers ran into a police patrol and a vehicle chase and exchange of gunfire took place. The thugs barricaded themselves in a “safe house” and used fragmentation grenades, AK47’s and HK G-3 rifles. Army personnel then arrived and a six block area was cordoned off and many residents were evacuated because of the heavy exchange of gunfire and explosions from the grenades. (There are contradictory and unofficial reports in these papers as to the number of dead: two of them say there were 5 officers and 3 thugs killed, while others say 8 “Federal Preventive Police” and one thug died.) After the battle, ten AK47 and six HK-G3 rifles, grenades, ammunition and tactical gear were seized.
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