Businesses in Juarez close to protest lack of safety from kidnappings and assaults

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The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.

Norte (Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua) 6/24/08


In an unprecedented statement of protest on the border, proprietors of junk yards, repair shops, used car lots, body and muffler shops, and in all, more than 300 business owners in Cd. Juárez agreed yesterday not to open shop to the public until Thursday at the earliest.  They will be closed for three days because of insecurity, kidnappings and assaults.  After the meeting, one of the businessmen stated, “Why open so they can assault and kidnap us?  We prefer to closing rather than continuing to be victims.”  Signs outside businesses read, “Closed by Insecurity.”  They agreed to pay their workers for the days off.  Next Thursday the owners will meet to see if they will remain closed in protest against the poor results by authorities to combat crime against business owners.



El Universal (Mexico City) 6/24/08


–  Officials in the state of Hidalgo affirm that every month at least 1,500 people leave the state en route to  the US.  They add that so far this year seven are known to have died in their attempt to cross the border.  This year, authorities decided not to continue programs to alert people of the dangers of crossing the deserts and river, but rather spend some 52 million pesos (over $5 million US) to establish productive projects to keep their citizens at home.  The article noted that there are now 250,000 people from Hidalgo living in the US.  The state is also seeking to counter the negative effects the “economic recession” in the US is having on them.


–  In addition to 5 execution-type murders in separate towns in Sinaloa yesterday, the body of another victim was found today.  This brings the daily average of organized crime murders to 10 per day for 2008 according to the newspaper’s account.


–  Lack of equipment and personnel has resulted in the immigration inspection station in the south of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo being closed for the past few years, leaving the port open to the entry of illegals.  Along the 120 kilometers of the Rio Hondo border with Belize, authorities know of the existence of  dozens of hidden points used for passing goods, undocumented people and other kinds of criminals into the country.



El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo León) 6/24/08


Fifty-eight of the 62 presumed narcotraffickers arrested at a baptism celebration Tijuana, Baja California (reported yesterday) arrived under heavy guard in Mexico City for interrogation into their roles with the Arellano Felix Cartel.  Among those arrested in the joint Army/Federal Police operation, are 3 active Tijuana police officers, 2 ex-agents and a state agent as well as known members of the cartel.



El Financiero (Mexico City) 6/24/0


–  In the southern area of Escuintla, Guatemala, seven people, among them five members of one family, were assassinated and another seven survived in an attack by an unknown group.  The family was fleeing their community because of death threats when they were intercepted by occupants of two autos and killed by gunfire.  No further details were given regarding the massacre.


–  Speaking in Benito Juárez, Quintana Roo, Mexican President Felipe Calderón emphasized that his government is truly striking blows to the operational infrastructure of crime and causing the rival criminal groups to fight one another, resulting in most of the deaths in the country, mainly in the states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa.  “There are two groups fighting one another over the few territories left for their illicit activities,” he said.



Milenio (Mexico City) 6/24/08


Information from sources in Mexico and Florida indicates an increase in the number of undocumented Cubans trying to reach the US, seeking better living conditions and protected by the migration privileges enjoyed by those who succeed. 



El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 6/24/08


The body counts from separate executions in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua started early today adding six more.  Most were murdered outright but one had been abducted and tortured before receiving the coup de grace.




Excelsior (Mexico City) 6/24/08


State police in Chiapas arrested eight people and seized more than two tons of cocaine.  Among those arrested was José “El Chapín” Anzueto Escobar, considered one of the most wanted by federal and state police and involved in drug sales in the southern border area of the state.  The seized drug packets had the seal of the Sinaloa Cartel  and of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, one of Mexico’s most wanted.



El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 6/24/08


Several children playing near a church in Cd. Juárez discovered the remains of a body that had been quartered and scattered over a 30-meter radius.  State authorities reported this was the fifth decapitated victim this year, but the first that was also dismembered.



Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 6/24/08


A group of eight Cubans were arrested near the city of Palenque, Chiapas.  After they had crossed the border from Guatemala, they became lost in the jungle before finally locating the road where a patrol came across them.



Entorno a Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas) 6/24/08


Three women attempted to enter the US from Matamoros, Tamaulipas with their bras padded with packets of cocaine, but were sniffed out by an inspector canine.  Four women, a mother and her three daughters, attempted to enter in a vehicle, but inspectors were alerted by the dog and directed them to secondary inspection.  The women further aroused suspicion when they attempted to flee back into Mexico.  In the subsequent interview, the officer noted that the three daughters’ breasts had an unusual shape and size.  They had augmented their bra sizes with a total of 16.5 kilos (over 36 lbs.) of cocaine.



a.m. (Guanajuato) 6/24/08


Headline: Nearly half of Guanajuato works in US.  The story goes on to say more than 2 million workers in the US are from that state. 



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