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The following are the first paragraphs of a long editorial found in Diario de Xalapa (Xalapa, Veracruz), a member of “o.e.m.”, ( Mexican editorial organization ) a large media and chain of 70 newspapers in Mexico. This particular column was found to have been removed from this and other “o.e.m.” sites when we returned to it later today.
The alarming figures about crimes committed by the underworld in Mexico, which overall since Dec. 1, 2006 to date surpass 4,800 executions, demonstrate that in the country organized crime, the guerilla and narcotraffic have in their hands as many weapons as the national government.
The main clandestine entry of weapons into the country is done through the northern border and the Pacific, originating from the big American firms and from China, where there is no control for the transfer of weapons produced by their five gigantic firearms industries factories. For Georgina Sanchez, a researcher with the Latin American Social Sciences (“FLACSO”) in Mexico, there is an amount estimated at between 12 and 20 million high power firearms, mostly AK-47s from China, and 40 million pistols and rifles, the majority of them in the hands of guerilla fighters, narcotraffickers and organized crime.
As hard as one might fight (because in Mexico no one has declared war on anyone else since the EZLN did so on Jan. 1, 1994) against the criminals, nothing will be accomplished by the federal, state and city governments as long as firearms traffic is not brought to a halt.
El Universal (Mexico City) 6/22/08
The wave of violence in the north of Mexico resulted in 18 executions yesterday (Sat.); of these, ten took place in Chihuahua, while eight occurred in Sinaloa.
(Note: a daily running tally of these events is difficult to follow. La Jornada, another major Mexico City paper, today reports 20 executions and adds the states of Guerrero and Durango to the list where they took place)
Tamaulipas en linea (Matamoros, Tamps.) 6/22/08
Searches at two houses, # 20 & # 28 Opalo St., Colonia Los Alamos, Matamoros, Tamps., produced 69 thousand dollars, fifty packages of marihuana, “diverse” doses of cocaine, firearms, ammo and 13 vehicles.
La Jornada (Mexico City) , El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 6/22/08
During his weekly radio address President Correa of Ecuador threatened to suspend talks about Andean commerce with the European Union because of the latter’s approval of harsher detention laws against illegal immigrants. He said these laws violate the human rights of the migrant workers. Ecuador happens to have the temporary chairmanship of the Andean Community, which includes Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. A trade & cooperation accord between that group and the EU began to be negotiated last year.
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