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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.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 10/23/08
“Organized crime heads the war for power and territorial control”
Guillermo Garduno Valero, investigative researcher for Mexico’s Metropolitan University (“UAM”)said that the wave of violence in Mexico is a reflection of how the country became a strategic point for organized crime, which now faces a war for power and territorial control. He explained that in a world context Mexico is already a vital point for drug traffic, similar to what is known as the “Golden Triangle” in Asia where the majority of the world’s opium is sold.
Nevertheless, the specialist in National Security pointed out that drug traffic is only the most visible and aggressive face of the different criminal organizations which have a strong presence in Mexican territory.
The academician from the Economics Department emphasized that Mexico’s geographic position, by having access to two oceans and being the bridge between the United States and South America, is a factor which contributes to Mexico being the center of operations for different criminal groups.
He indicated “The country is a zone of eminent conflict because criminal organizations operate in parallel, something that did not happen in Colombia, for which reason we are facing a new situation in a universal context.”
Garduno Valero specified that organizations dedicated to weapons trafficking, kidnapping, people trafficking, vehicle theft and prostitution, among other illegal activities, operate in Mexico.
For this investigator what all these criminal networks have in common is that they operate “without border limits” and that presently they confront a war for control of power and territory, especially those ones dedicated to drug traffic.
In a report from the “UAM”, he pointed out that the proliferation of these groups and the combat against them on the part of the government have provoked a climate of uncertainty, fear and a kind of “war” which takes place on the streets. From his perspective, these organizations cannot be fought against by a single State-Nation and he deemed that international mechanism “ought to be designed to fight against these crimes on a global form.”
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coah.) 10/23/08
Manuel Cuen Gamboa, the regional coordinator of the “Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior” (“IME” – Department of Mexicans Abroad) said that “IME” and the Mexican Consulate in Yuma, Arizona, have launched the “Mexican Communities”, a program of Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Department, to establish links with Mexican communities and with those of Mexican origin who reside in the United States. These organized groups can deal with U.S. federal or local legal barriers which do not allow their proper development due to their immigration status or educational level. He added: ” It is important that these fellow citizens have the backing and consultancy for the defense of their rights and activities and to keep the Mexican spirit alive.”
El Universo (Guayaquil Ecuador) 10/23/08
Two Ecuadoran youths and a Peruvian one were arrested under suspicion of having attacked another Ecuadoran of 19 years of age with hammer blows, then claiming to be members of the youth gang “Latin Kings.” (Note : where did this take place ? : Milan, Italy)
El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 10/23/08
A routine highway traffic check by Colombian police turned up eight Chinese, three of them minors, traveling in two cars toward the Venezuelan border via the Colombian border city of Cucuta, in the Department (read: state) of Santander. The two Colombian drivers of each car couldn’t explain how they came to be traveling together when the Chinese said one group was coming from Medellin and the other from Bucaramanga. All the Chinese were found to be in Colombia illegally. Both drivers were arrested. This year Colombian police in the Dep’t. of Santander have intercepted two dozen Chinese who were illegally in Colombia, all traveling these same highways.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 10/23/08
– 131 Guatemalans deported from the U.S. arrived yesterday at Guatemala City’s airport; among them were 62 fellow citizens who were captured in Greenville, South Carolina on October 7. Sixty-nine others had been arrested in San Antonio, Texas.
One migrant who identified herself as Ana Juan said “They caught us like animals; they did not treat us well. In jail they would just give us a piece of bread, a bit of rice with no salt and three or four spoonfuls of mush.” Despite having been deported, she asserted that she will return to the United States because she wants a better life for her 6 year old daughter.
– Five different events yesterday in and around Guatemala City and outlying areas resulted in the assassination of eight victims.
Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10/23/08 (also found in other sources)
– A wild series of shootouts, chases, and mayhem ensued when police in Nogales, Sonora, attempted to stop a vehicle in the center of town early Thursday morning. First, they were fired on by the occupants of another vehicle, then a shooting chase ensued and one of the bad guy’s vehicles eventually crashed against the wall of the local prison, killing some of the vehicle occupants. Grenades were hurled at the police. Another fire fight took place. The body count has now reached ten, all bad guys, though conflicting accounts state some police might have been wounded.
– A long article titled “Nogales, a city without law” starts: “The border city seriously faces one of the worst crises of insecurity in memory, a crisis which has permeated all sectors, because they just as soon riddle the house of a journalist with gunfire, as execute a businessman or kidnap persons.”
El Universal (Mexico City)_ 10/24/08
Just before midnight Thursday the State of Morelos Deputy A.G. for Organized Crime Affairs and two escorts were killed in a car-to-car gunfire assault by killers who then fled in two vehicles.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/24/08
A couple of armed men arrived at a funeral home in Juarez and opened fire on persons at a service for a man who himself had been the victim of a homicide. Three persons were wounded before the thugs left.
Zocalo (Saltillo, Coahuila) 10/24/08
“Worse than Iraq: 38 executed”
During the last 24 hours 38 persons have died in different events caused by members of organized crime; the number has reached 4,052 in 2008 in this country (Mexico), surpassing by more than three times the number of dead in Iraq this year, where they total 1,167.
Just yesterday, ten gunmen lost their lives after a shootout with state agents in Nogales, Sonora. The police were attacked with fragmentation grenades; three police and three civilians were wounded.
Baja California Sur and Tlaxcala were the exemption to narcoexecutions. But yesterday the body of a gagged man was found in Cabo San Lucas; his fingers had been chopped off. Eight persons have died in Baja California Norte in the last 24 hours, the product of a spiral of violence. (Note: the Baja California Peninsula is divided into two states with the same name; each is differentiated by “Norte” and “Sur”) In the morning the bodies of two men were found, both shot to death out of different events
Around 5 p.m. yesterday two Rosarito police officers were assassinated while on patrol. Twenty kilometers away three other persons were murdered. Seven other crimes took place in Chihuahua; two men were found dead in Hermosillo, Sonora, two in Culiacan and “some others more” in Guanajuato, Guerrero, the Distrito Federal and Taxco.
A related account in “El Universal” (Mexico City) states that violence in Rosarito has cost the lives of seven police and at least a dozen other persons in less than thirty days; it adds that there have been mass resignations of police there because of fear of being murdered. (Note: just some years back Rosarito was a laid back, peaceful ocean beach town.)
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