(Mexico City) 9/24/08
– Mexican President Felipe Calderón, speaking before the full General Assembly of the United Nations, asked for new forms of cooperation against the threat of insecurity that affects the world. Although his speech covered matters of migration, the rising cost of food and the interest of his country in participating in the Security Council, he put special emphasis on the theme of insecurity saying, “Mexico reiterates its call to all nations to seek new forms of cooperation against these threats. The eradication of of these calamities is the governing factor in Mexico’s agenda and also the international agenda, for which we are striving.” Making the point that we live in an era of co-responsibility, he stated, “It escapes no one that in a globalized world the consequences of our actions transcend the boundaries of our countries and affect the entire planet.”
– Two members of the criminal gang “La Familia” were arrested by the military in Ario de Rosales, Michoacán in posession of explosives know as C4, which is capable of destroying a large building. Six tubes of the explosive were seized from the two men during a search operation following the September 15 attack in Morelia. Also seized from the two were drugs, arms and AFI [equiv: FBI] uniforms. Four other members of the same gang were arrested late yesterday in Pátzcuaro.
Norte (Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua) 9/24/08
Mayors of Mexican northern border towns met yesterday in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaullipas to demand funding from their federal government for the care of thousands of migrants arriving in their areas. Authorities from 36 border municipalities had been invited to the meeting to seek help for their towns. Among those in attendance were representatives of Tijuana and Mexicali, Baja California; Nogales, Sonora; Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua; Piedras Negras, Coahuila; and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, all of them complaining of the large fluctuations of people arriving from the interior needing basic services as well as the numbers deported from the US who choose to remain in the border area. This third meeting of the Cities of Northern Mexico ends today.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 9/24/08
The head of Federal District’s security police (SSPDF) appealed to the citizenry to cease the shouts of “Ya Basta” [Enough] in reference to police inefficiency and to give them a chance to show that they can do their jobs well. He asked for the opportunity to demonstrate that “not all police are corrupt and not all are inefficient.” He asked the people to remember that many officers have been loyal and that many have been injured and killed performing their duties.
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 9/24/08
In his appearance before federal representatives, Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora said that the principal hypothesis of his office (PGR) and its state of Michoacán counterpart indicates that the perpetrators of the September 15 attacks are Los Zetas and La Familia Michoacana who are fighting for control of the state for drug trafficking. [the term 15-S in the press has become synonymous with the attack, similar to our usage of 9/11]
a.m. (Guanajuato) 9/24/08
– The city police department of Celaya, Guanajuato is the first in the country to be able to arm itself with adequate weapons to combat crime. The department has been authorized to buy more than a hundred large caliber rifles. The authorization also allows them to purchase semiautomatic weapons such as MP5 and G3. These weapons will give them the ability to effectively defend against such weapons as the AK47 and R15 used by organized crime. Fully automatic weapons are not authorized at security levels below federal.
– Starting today, the Guanajuato state government is sending notice of a program to recruit temporary employees at thoroughbred horse farms in Kentucky, USA. For the moment 200 positions are offered. The work conditions have been reviewed by state authorities and those who are contracted will have the benefits of food, housing and transportation from Guadalajara, Jalisco to the workplace and wages of $9.13 per hour. If housing is located a distance from the stables, they will also be provided transportation. This offer of work is limited to men 18 to 35 years of age. Applicants will have to pay their own USX Consulate visa fees.
El Sol de México (Mexico City) 9/24/08
A brawl between federal police (PFP) and federal investigators (AFI) in the AFI offices resulted in dozens of injuries requiring hospitalization. The fight was provoked when PFP officers arrived in the building to claim the spaces for themselves without apparent justification. Some said the fight was over attempts to make the AFI “vanish.” The two agencies have very different enforcement duties.
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