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El Universal (Mexico City) 7/9/09
Terrorism in Galeana. A news story that reads more as an editorial says that besides qualifying as terrorism, the homicides of a leader of the Mormon community of Galeana, Chihuahua, the crime offers evidence that the Mexican Army’s Joint Operation Chihuahua is a failure and that the criminals are defeating the authorities. It goes on at length chastising the government for its failure to bring about security in the state and ends with the point that “Benjamin LeBaron was a person that did not allow criminals to intimidate him. He did what all of us should do.” [There were variations of these thoughts in other publications indicating that this case could become a cause celebre.]
Column. Regarding the LeBaron case, a popular nationally published columnist, Sergio Sarmiento who writes under the name “Jaque mate” writes in part: ”Report crime the authorities tell us. If we don’t report it, it won’t be possible to combat crime. And report it was what Benjamin LeBaron did. He reported the kidnapping of his brother, Eric, 17, after refusing to pay ransom. He reported it again in a public protest this past July 1 in Chihuahua City about the kidnappings that his Mormon community had suffered. The reporting did not serve to put an end to the violence, but rather, on the morning of July 7, an armed group of some twenty thugs violently tore into his home in Galeana. LeBaron was tortured in front of his family. The attackers tried to violate his wife. On hearing the ruckus, a brother-in-law, Luis Widman , came to her assistance and managed at least to prevent the violation, but paid with his life in the effort. The thugs abducted LeBaron and Widman. A couple of hours later their executed bodies were found. What did it serve for the authorities to ask us to report crime? What did it serve to tell us that the government is stronger than any criminal organization? What did it serve to assure us that the Mexican State is not a failed one? The experience of LeBaron underlines the consequences of reporting organized crime in Mexico.”