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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.
La Prensa Gráfica (San Salvador, El Salv.) 7/2/09
“Narcos become hostile toward priests to halt “criticisms”. Drug traffickers in Mexico have begun to attack clerics who have denounced drug traffic, breaking unwritten laws and honor codes in the country with the second highest number of catholics in the world. In the midst of a brutal war between narcos and the government, early in June gunmen killed a catholic priest and two seminarians. According to the Episcopal Conference of Mexico nearly 1,000 catholic priests face constant threats from the drug cartels in the whole country and at least 400 have received direct warnings to be quiet and to stop criticizing the violence and extortions or they will be murdered. Though it is suspected that the seminarians had family links with cartels, the majority of priests say they are threatened for exhorting their church members to confront the narcos. “They threatened to burn me alive, with all my family” said Bartolome Garcia, an evangelical pastor who had to abandon the village where he worked, near Tijuana. The pastor added “They don’t like for one to preach about some things against them.”
Since president Felipe Calderon assumed power some 12,000 persons have died in Mexico due to the war between rival cartels and Mexico’s security forces. The grotesque trail of mutilated and decapitated bodies extends from the Mexican shores on the Caribbean to its desert-like border with the U.S.A., and has become worrisome for the White House and for investors. From the time Mexico’s most wanted man, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped (in 2001) from prison and declared a bloody war against rival cartel chiefs, the confrontation has become so horrible that the hired killers of the narcos have put aside all rules of honor and have even assassinated children. Mexicans fear the strongly armed cartels evermore, while the catholic church and the evangelical ones are some of the few who keep raising their voice especially in the areas where the Mexican government has little control. The archbishop of the northern state of Durango raised a media dust storm in April when he said “everyone”, except the government, knew that “el Chapo” was living in that state.
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El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coah.) , El Universal (Mexico City) 7/2/09
“The decapitated cadaver that showed up last Tuesday on the streets of Veracruz was identified as one of the presumed “Zetas” killers who are seen in an internet video in which they reveal links with city, state and federal police.” The victim was identified by his sister as Rodolfo Lara Sanchez. His head was found hours after his decapitated body, and in another, nearby area. He had been a worker at the Mex. Customs facility at the port of Veracruz. Several other “Zetas” who appeared in the video have now also been identified. Three of them were executed on June 18 and found the week before last in Cancun. (The attached photo shows three of the “Zetas” being interrogated; all are believed to be dead now.)
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El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 7/2/09
(While many press sources labeled the recent political upheaval in Honduras a “coup d’etat”, this is how others view it) – After traveling back to Honduras, that country’s ambassador to the U.S., Roberto Flores, yesterday affirmed that there had not been a coup d’etat in the country. He said “I recognize the Chancery and the authorities who are making decisions at this time,” and, when questioned about ex-president Manuel Zelaya’s constitutional succession, he answered that “this is an issue that was being discussed, the instances that have taken place in president Zelaya’s removal have been quite clear, it’s not a coup d’etat, it is a process which has been followed pursuant to the national juridical order and that is the basis.”
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El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 7/2/09
Juarez started the month of July with six homicides in the first day, all in different events and in different areas of the city.
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