Mexican Secretary of Public Security says 2,500 minicipalities in Mexico threatened by organized crime

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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.

[Hurricane Dolly and the US political news continue to dominate Latin 
American and even Spanish news sources.]El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 7/23/08
–  The five Koreans kidnapped in Reynosa, Tamaulipas [reported 
yesterday] were released after being held since July 14 in a hotel.  
The Koreans said they had hired smugglers to take them to the US for  $30,000, but after receiving the money, the smugglers held them to  demand an additional $30,000 from their families.  According to  sources in the Mexican Department of Justice, it is common in  Tamaulipas for such crimes to be connected with the Gulf drug cartel.
–  A French company, Axa, announced that it will offer insurance 
policies against terrorist attacks in Mexico.  Such plans are already 
available to large business corporations in Spain and the US, and not  offering such insurance in Mexico “would be like not offering 
hurricane insurance in Acapulco.”

El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 7/23/08

The Mexican Secretary of Public Security reported that some 2,500 
municipalities in Mexico are threatened by organized crime and 
narcotraffic.  He called for federal authorities to to attend to their 
duty of protecting communities at risk.  Questioned about the violence 
in the state of Sinaloa, he said it was precisely an example of the 
insecurity in the country.

El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 7/23/08

Two canvas banners with threatening messages to military and civic 
authorities were displayed in different public sites in Chihuahua City 
yesterday.  Included in those threatened were the commander of the 
Army forces in the area and the Mayor of Chihuahua.

El Colombiano (Medellín, Colombia) 7/23/08

Speaking from La Paz, Bolivia, US Assistant Secretary of State Thomas 
Shannon assured that the Colombian revolutionary organization, FARC, 
“is in a terminal phase” and has no capacity to expand.  He said the 
guerilla group is “fractured, fragmented and has lost leadership.”

Prensa LIbre (Guatemala) 7/23/08

In Guatemala City, a group of 30 families of migrants arrested in the 
US asked the attorney for Human Rights to intercede for them.  They 
wish to protest the jailing of  their loved ones in Iowa and also 
asked help in canceling the mortgages on their properties, lest they 
lose them.  They had contracted the loans in order to pay for 
smuggling their relatives into the US, but without their remittances, 
they cannot pay back the money.   [Note:  Apparently this refers to 
some of those arrested in Postville, Iowa in March.]

-end of report-and sentenced to jail in Iowa




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