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El Universal (Mexico City) 3/2/09
The FBI carried out the investigations in Mexico that launched the so-called “Operation Cleansing.” An agent of that agency, authorized to conduct investigations regarding narcotraffic in Mexico, was the one who set off the inquiries in September that led to the capture of principal leaders of the anti-drug agency, SIEDO, for links with organized crime, according to Noe Ramirez Mandujano, a federal judge in the state of Nayarit. [This story was followed by two reader comments. One was from an angry attorney citing chapter and verse from the Mexican Constitution as to how the story “reveals the flagrant violation of the sovereignty of Mexico by the government of the US.” The other reader simply commented that “as it is very rare for the Mexican police to act on their own initiative… dogs don’t eat dogs…]
A double attack with fragmentation grenades and high-powered rifles took place Monday morning against the municipal police station and also on the private residence of the Chief of Police of Uruapan, Michoacan. The attack on the police headquarters resulted in four police officers receiving wounds by grenades thrown from three moving vehicles. A few minutes later, the group fired at the home of the Chief of Police, who was not injured. The attacks occurred in the very early hours. Police later arrested two suspects in the attacks. Both were in a local hospital, one being treated for shrapnel wounds to his back and the other, waiting for him to be repaired. The wounds were apparently caused by the grenade thrower himself, when he failed to put enough distance between himself and the explosion.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 3/2/09
The exodus of Mexican talent abroad, which reaches 575,000 citizens with degrees in higher education, has cost the country more than 100 billion pesos, a quarter of the budget of the Secretary of Public Education (SEP). Presently 20,000 qualified professionals abandon the country annually. In addition, studies have shown that half the Mexican students who pursue higher degrees abroad remain in those countries due to positions offered there. The SEP points out that students educated through the public school system in Mexico, at the cost to all Mexicans, and then leave, “not only represent a bleeding of human capital, but also of investment in developing those students.”
The burned bodies of three men executed and left in an industrial park in Monterrey were discovered yesterday. A police patrol noticed a car on fire, which led to the discovery. Evidence indicated that the three died of bullet wounds.
Accused of extortion, 25 members of the Federal Police were arrested yesterday in Merida, Yucatan. The agents are in custody of the Federal Agency of Investigation (AFI) in Yucatan. Unofficial sources say that the group organized to “charge protection” from certain nightclubs in the area.
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