(Mexico City) 9/17/08
– The official count of victims of the grenade attack against people attending the Mexican independence day festivities in Morelia, Michoacán Monday evening has been adjusted to 7 killed and 132 injured. Although the AFI [equivalent: FBI] has specialists at the site collecting evidence, no details of the investigation have yet been released. Photos of the area made following the explosions indicate several separate pock marks in the pavement and one survivor was hit in the head with a grenade before it fell into the crowd and detonated.
– The majority of the 24 men found murdered in a park near Mexico City last Saturday had been abducted from a poor section of the city of Huixquilucan in the state of México four days earlier by an armed group dressed in police uniforms. According to several articles following the discovery of the bodies, none of the victims so far have been connected with organized crime, but rather appear to be simple laborers.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 9/17/08
Working on a citizen tip, police in Zapopan, Jalisco initiated a “lively pursuit” of a vehicle suspected of carrying heavily armed men. The occupants, threatened by the rapid police response, surrendered without a fight. Inside their vehicle police found “five firearms; three AK-47 rifles and one MP5 submachine gun.” (sic)
Milenio (Mexico City) 9/17/08
Three men found “executed” in a vehicle in an upscale neighborhood of Mexico City have been identified as an ex-police agent of the state of México, a public servant of the DF office of the Attorney General and the Commandant of police in Huixquilucan, state of México. They were found with a message directed at a group of hit men known as “La Familia Michoacana” said to be headed by José de Jesús Méndez Vargas, alias El Chango Méndez. The three victims had been abducted September 12. The Federal Attorney General (PGR) is investigating the possibility that these murders are linked to those of the 24 found last Friday.
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 9/17/08
An anonymous e-mail threat sent to the city hall of Huetamo, Michoacán announcing an attack generated an intense mobilization of police and the suspension of all public functions in the city. As soon as the threat was received, authorities ordered all schools closed, including the local college. For the moment, police are patrolling the city to maintain security.
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja California) 9/17/08
– Federal agents in Veracruz, using special technology, found 59 undocumented Central Americans hidden in a truck loaded with toilet tissue. The truck’s trailer was examined by a “gamma ray unit” and detected movement and human figures in the cargo area. In addition to the toilet tissue, the load also consisted of 43 Salvadorans, 13 Guatemalans and 3 Hondurans.
– IN Quito, Ecuador, the Minister of Foreign Relations issued a policy on the matter of the migration of refugees. The new policy is focused on finding people in a refugee status and integrating them into society. The government compared the Ecuadorian attitudes toward refugees to those of other countries that close the doors to such migration.
Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 9/17/08
With the argument “they could be kidnappers,” citizens and authorities of San Juan Chamula, Chiapas apprehended, disarmed and jailed four ministerial police who had tried to execute an order of arrest of an indigenous Indian man accused of a violation. The police agents were rescued in an atmosphere of tension in a town square gathering of municipal and state authorities in the presence of a thousand townspeople who demanded the four be released so they could be lynched for “extortion.” The incident began when the police entered an indigenous neighborhood looking for the man known only as Fernando. The police group apparently made the mistake of arrogant behavior in their inquiries and pointed guns at the people while searching. Citing that they did not know the police officers and that “there are kidnappers and insecurity everywhere,” they demanded identification from the officers as well as their order of arrest, which was denied. The public conflict was finally settled by authorities by confiscating the officers’ firearms and fining them 63,000 pesos [about $5800] and then turning them over to federal authorities. Despite all that, the Indians continued demanding the release of the four so they could “beat them.”
-end of report-