Archive for May 5th, 2009

Confrontation between Jalisco State Police (SSPE) and Mexican Federal Agents (AFI)

May 5, 2009

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El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 5/4/09

The confrontation between the federal and state police reported on last Saturday’s M3 Report has been explained as follows. Jalisco state police (SSPE) attempted to arrest four federal agents (AFI) last Friday evening in a seafood restaurant in Guadalajara. Presumably, the state police clashed with the federals after it was reported to the SSPE that several people were taking drugs in the men’s room of the restaurant. One of the employees had seen several men snorting cocaine and called the state police who arrived to verify the information. In a face-off, the state police questioned the behavior of the federal agents who responded with a loud verbal exchange that led to fisticuffs. Then the AFI agents arrested the SSPE officers and transported them to their offices. There, the fight broke out again in which one of the SSPE officers was badly injured. Both groups summoned help from their own agencies, which quickly arrived en masse in vehicles. When the dust cleared, four AFI agents were arrested and charged with inflicting serious injury and illegal arrest. The federal AG’s office is investigating to resolve the jurisdiction issue.

Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 5/4/09

Morelia, Michoacán, is one of 14 principal Mexican cities with more than 2,000 children working in the streets, according to a study of “children and adolescent workers” conducted by the National System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Although each annual Children’s Day brings attention to this social problem at the local and national levels, child labor is a topic to be treated constantly to achieve its eradication. The majority of the 2,000 children working in Morelia live with their families and are not from broken homes. Most work to contribute to supporting their families and their earnings go to clothing and food. Most do not attend school. Estimates from the entire state show at least 90,000 children, and maybe as many as 150,000 are working. Of those, 70% do so in unsafe conditions such as on busy streets and in crowded public locations.

El Financiero (Mexico City) 5/4/09

After a gun battle in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon [a suburb of Monterrey], the Mexican Army arrested six alleged hit men, members of the criminal group Los Zetas. Responding to a call, the military was met by gunfire and, after ten minutes of skirmish, were able to capture six of the aggressors, but others escaped.

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