Britain, Germany and Switzerland officially warn citizens about the dangers of travel in Mexico

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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.

 El Informador  (Guadalajara, Jal.), El Universal (Mex. City),  Frontera (Tijuana. B.C.) 8/27/08
Various European governments are now warning their citizens that when visiting Mexico they must protect themselves as much from the police as from the criminals because there are links between the police officers and criminal groups.
The German Chancery recommended its citizens not to resist if they are victims of some crime because the law breakers use their weapons immediately. Further it emphasizes that police forces are implicated in illicit activities.
Likewise, officials in Great Britain issued alerts to tourists due to the complaints of complicity between police and kidnappers. In its internet site, it points out that “express kidnappings” occur especially in Mexico City.
And the Swiss Dep’t. of Foreign Relations uses a section to explain criminality in Mexico and mentions that there’ve been known cases of police collusion in criminal activity.
Norte (Cd. Juarez, Chih.) , Diario Xalapa  (Xalapa, Veracruz) – part of  “o.e.m.” national chain – 8/27/08
A five day “bi-national march” begins today to protest the construction of the border fence in the El Paso, TX, area. Portions of the articles read: “The people of the border area share and are united by a single history, a language and a culture, even though the land is separated by an international border, for which reason the border area peoples cannot be divided. With the start of the building of the border fence, it not only tries to divide a territory more, it also tries to divide one people even more.”
El Diario de Coahuila  (Saltillo, Coah.)  8/27/08
–     The wave of violence in Chihuahua brought death to ten more persons, among them five from one family, all massacred with AK-47 assault rifles at a ranch on the Aldama to Ojinaga highway, just north of Chihuahua City.
–     Mex. military arrested three men and seized the following from their vehicle on the Reynosa to Matamoros highway (this is just across the Rio Grande upriver from Brownsville TX) : four rifles, two carbines, two shotguns, a pistol, over 3200 rounds of ammo, 66 clips, five grenades, two telescopic sights plus over a dozen radios, some bullet proof vests and other gear.
El Informador  (Guadalajara, Jalisco)  8/27/08
The Jalisco State AG’s office issued preliminary detention orders against ten city police officers and investigators and informants in the Guadalajara area. They’re all accused of theft and extortion.
El Universal  (Mexico City)  8/27/08
–     Two “AFI” (Mex. Fed. Inv. Agency) agents were murdered and a third one is in a hospital after a car-to-car gunfire assault in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora. One of the dead was the head of the local aerial interdiction unit.
–     In Durango, Durango, three of the state’s Investigation Dep’t., a regional commander and two other officers, were having a late dinner at a restaurant. Then hit men arrived and shot and killed all three agents at their table. The killers left as quickly as they had arrived.
–     Three other bodies, one of them missing its head, were found in Vicente Guerrero, a bit south of the city of Durango.
–     Found and destroyed near a ranch close to Barranca, Jalisco:  199 thousand six-foot tall marihuana plants in over 46 thousand sq, meters (some eleven acres.)
La Cronica de Hoy  (Mexico City)  8/27/08
Yesterday was one of the bloodiest days of the year. There were 23 “executions” (sic) in just eight states. The article then goes on to name the locales and to furnish names, places and general details of the bloody events.
La Jornada  (Mexico City)  8/27/08
–     Raul Prado, Commander of the State Ministerial Police Homicide Unit,  was killed by “at least” sixty shots this morning while on his way to work in Aguascalientes, Ags.; five individuals got out of two vehicles as Prado approached and riddled him, then they fled.
–     The Private Sector Center for Economic Studies cites an Inter-American Development Bank report that places the cost of crime at some 14% of the GDP of countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador & Venezuela. In Mexico’s case, the cost is equivalent to 120 billion dollars a year, some of which is attributed to loss of private capital investment  and loss of human resources.
La Prensa  (Mexico City) – part of “o.e.m.” national chain –  8/27/08
The attachment is a photo shown about one particular incident included in a long article detailing blood and mayhem from murderous events around Mexico. The second attachment, from “Excelsior” (Mexico City) is a political cartoon showing a man labeled “Corruption of Officials.” On a “National Security Accord” document he signs “Impunity.”
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