No end to the violence

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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 Heraldo  (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)  4/1/09
“The wave of violence attacked the north area of the country. In the course of the day
(Tues.) police reported eleven violent deaths in different cities.” Most of these homicides took place in and around San Pedro Sula, the country’s second largest city.
A reader’s commentary followed  the above:
How the blood flows in this country, it’s a massacre and no one says anything, the numbers are higher than in any prior civil war, of those that took place for political reasons. Now the number of deaths is higher, it’s a war no longer of left versus right but of good versus evil, and evil is winning, it has as its allies the politicians, the police and even bad luck at the time of choosing presidents.
La Hora  (Guatemala City, Guatemala)  4/1/09
(Last portion of an op/column )
“Hopeless migrants”
It’s true that the matter of migration is a problem derived from our own social and economic structure and in that context we are the ones called to resolve it. But one cannot ignore that hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans are already living in the United States and they deserve a proper life and protection for their basic rights, the ones that are trampled when certain kinds of round-ups are carried out.
As long as the economic crisis continues in the United States, the situation of our countrymen there will be getting more complicated because obviously the loss of jobs will have an effect especially for the illegal workers, even though their work may be efficient, cheap and in areas where the white North Americans do not want to work. For that reason the government has to redouble its legal support and assistance by means of more and better consulates working for the migrants.

Prensa Libre  (Guatemala City, Guatemala)  4/2/09
Six men were assassinated yesterday
(Tues.) in different events occurring in and around Guatemala’s capital city
Cambio de Michoacan  (Morelia, Michoacan)  – and others  –  4/2/09

  •      Two homicide victims were found Wednesday in Uruapan, Michoacan. The bodies were in bags and had been dismembered and mutilated. A threatening “narco message” was left with the bodies. The two men had their head, arms, legs and ears cut off. One also had his eyes torn out and the other one had both his eyes and his tongue also torn off. (The message left with these remains was obscene and foul mouthed)

*     In Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, they found the tortured and shot bodies of four persons in black plastic bags before dawn today. One of the victims was identified as a police officer who had been carried off Monday.  
El Sol de Zacatecas  (Zacatecas, Zac.)  4/1/09
The Mex. state of Zacatecas has lost 61.24 percent of its population in the last 35 years due to emigration to the neighbor country to the north, according to local congressman Luis Castaneda.
El Financiero  (Mexico City)  4/1/09
The Secretary General of Mexico’s National Population Council reported that Mexico’s population will reach 107.6 million by midyear 2009. The figure is based on an anticipated 1.94 million births, 527 thousand deaths and 556 thousand international emigrations.

El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  4/1/09
“The month of March ended with 103 executions in the state. The majority of the crimes were in this city and by gunfire, reaching 224 instances so far this year, 52 more than in the same period of 2008.”
El Diario de Coahuila  (Saltillo, Coahuila)  4/1/09

  •      When a Mex. military patrol happened to go by a house in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, some of its occupants yelled for help. When the soldiers entered the place they found it was a “safe house” holding 114 Hondurans, 15 Salvadorans, 9 Guatemalans, one Brazilian and one Mexican, all of them waiting to be smuggled across into the United States. The smuggler, 29 yr. old Jose Luis Ruiz Mata, a Mexican, tried to blend in among the crowd but was pointed out by the others. 37 of this group were females. (Rio Bravo is just up river from Matamoros and slightly more than 50 mi. from the mouth of the Rio Grande river)

*     Mex. army and “SIEDO” (anti-drug) agents seized some 12 tons of weed at a warehouse in Saltillo. No arrests were mentioned and information about this case is being restricted.
La Jornada  (Mexico City)  4/1/09
A moving truck inspected at a highway control point turned up to be carrying 1,386 kilos of weed. The place was near San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, just south of Yuma, AZ.
Excelsior  (Mexico City)  4/1/09
A confrontation between rival groups of thugs left nine dead near Guachochi, Chihuahua. Two other men were assassinated in Ciudad Juarez and one other in Delicias, Chihuahua.
The state of Guerrero was the scene for three other such events; one victim was a police agent found near Acapulco; he had been shot and left inside a car which was then burned.
El Universal  (Mexico City)  4/1/09
Two adults and a child, a 4 year old girl, were murdered in Camalu, near Ensenada, Baja Calif.; the two adults had their throats cut. The little girl was asphyxiated. All three were then dumped in a septic tank. 
“Frontera” (a Tijuana paper) reported the arrest before dawn of 15 illegal aliens who arrived in some sort of small craft at Cardiff-by-the-Sea, a beach town just north of San Diego. Three men were later arrested after the craft was seen by the beach at Torrey Pines, a short distance south.
Two cross-border tunnels have been discovered by the U.S. Border Patrol within the last two weeks just to the east of Tijuana, on the Otay (east) Mesa area.

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