NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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Foreign News Report
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.
a.m. (Leon, Guanajuato) 7/20/08
Thirty-one Central Americans from three different countries were found hidden in a double-bottom truck trailer at the “Cinco Cerros” highway checkpoint by Contalapa, Chiapas, near the border with Oaxaca.
El Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 7/20/08
(1st part only of an op/column by Carmen Aristegui titled “A malignant trinity preys on Mexico”)
“There exists in Mexico a malignant trinity which nullifies indispensable ethical values for national coexistence and progress, harms the law, degrades public administration and erodes the very basis of the Mexican nation: opacity, corruption and impunity. Think about almost any natural problem and it will be seen that, unfailingly, one two or all three elements of that unhealthy trio are present.”
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 7/20/08
Another broad daylight, car-to-car gunfire assault claimed two more victims in Culiacan. One of the victims was a pregnant woman. (This is the second day in a row that a pregnant woman has been killed in car-to-car assaults in Mexico)
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 7/20/08
The following is how a very long and detailed article described most recent events in Ciudad Juarez:
“12 persons, two of them women, were murdered in different events. During the period from Friday night until dawn Saturday the city was the scene of a bloody series of murders, while up to this time the authorities have not reported any detentions.” A lesser number of homicides were also reported in several other states of Mexico.
Rotativo de Queretaro (Queretaro, Qro.) 7/20/08
Fourteen tanks of chlorine were stolen in Queretaro (a small state in central Mexico north of Mexico City) Each tank is 1.6 meters (5.2 feet) tall. Local government has announced a public security alert.
El Universal (Mexico City) 7/20/08
A commander of the “AFI” (Mex. Fed. Investigations Agency), Victor Canedo, was forced into a vehicle in Culiacan and carried off. An unspecified time later, he managed to escape but was chased and shot at with AK-47 rifles more than sixty times and then fell dead. During the chase a 52 yr. old woman was also hit by the gunfire and was also killed. The assassins escaped.
(This article did not specify a date for the events but was just posted this morning (Sunday))
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 7/20/08
“In the last few days 62 criminals were arrested, of whom eleven had not reached adulthood. At 16 years of age, many are already experts in the use of Ak-47 or R-15”
(The article goes on to describe a goodly number of individual cases.)
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