NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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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.
Following are three separate facets of violence in Central America:
El Diario de Hoy (San Salvador, El Salvador) 8/24/09
A total of 321 bus drivers and their companion fare collectors have been murdered in El Salvador during the last three years. This year’s figure is now 89. The victims are usually killed during armed robbery assaults or because they failed to pay extortion demands.
La Hora (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/24/09
Guatemala recently banned two or more riders on a motorcycle in order to prevent crime. Now, the new modality of the thugs is for four of them, each on a separate motorcycle, to zero in on a victim in a car; one goes to the driver’s side window, another to the passenger side window and the last two cover the action from the rear of the target car. The armed thugs rob cell phones, wallets, etc. A comment from a victim who asked not to be identified: “If the determination and ingenuity shown by these criminals were used to make Guatemala a better country, we would without a doubt be a First World country.”
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/24/09
[Opening paragraph of an article detailing Sunday’s blood bath in Guatemala]: The violent condition which persists in the country left ten persons dead yesterday in the nation’s territory. Among the victims are three men burned to death and the driver of an interurban bus who was shot.
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 8/24/09
Ecuadoran official strives for U.S. immigration reform
Fernando Gutierrez, a “Defender of the People” in Ecuador [not otherwise identified], recently visited in the U.S. His agenda was “the immigration reform and the problems, demands and proposals of the Ecuadoran community.” In Washington, “he met with Ecuadoran and U.S. authorities to learn the status of the immigration reform and to ask that it be approved in the best version.” For Gutierrez “it is drastic” that the illegal aliens would have to pay a fine as one of the requirements for regularizing their status.
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 8/24/09
A boat with lots of goodies
A Nicaraguan naval patrol unit came upon a small, abandoned boat some 200 meters off the shore near Tola, on Nicaragua’s Pacific Ocean coast. A sack inside the boat turned out to hold 25 bundles of U.S. currency totaling $502,450 dollars in a variety of denominations.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 8/24/09
Over-emphasis on ethnicity
Front page headline: “ NASA prepares to launch shuttle with two Hispanics “ [Had it not been for those two crew members, this item probably would not have made the front page news]
El Colombiano (Medellin, Colombia) 8/24/09
“Mortar grenades” seized
Colombian military arrested two men who were transporting 100 high power “mortar grenades” of 61mm. and another 100 high power “mortar grenades” of 81 mm.; the event took place near Itagui, a few miles from Medellin.
Armada Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) 8/24/09
More cocaine seized
The 301 kilos of “high purity” cocaine just seized by the Colombian navy and “DAS” [ equiv. FBI ] agents near the San Juan river bring to 3.7 tons of cocaine seized within the last week in various areas of Colombia, an amount said to be worth “more than” 90 million dollars. [The San Juan river is just north of the city of Buenaventura, on Colombia’s Pacific coast.]
Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 8/24/09 [and many other papers]
Ex-police personnel files lost
The “general coordinator of Judicial Affairs of the Public Security Secretariat” of Mexico said that they don’t know the whereabouts of these records and where these ex-policemen might now be working, whether in some police agency, in organized crime or in private security. Bureaucracy, an extremely slow criminal justice system and variations in local systems are all said to be partly to blame for this situation.
Three different articles portraying bloody violence in Mexico
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 8/24/09
On Sunday night, police were notified about a human head on an ice chest near Mazatlan, Sinaloa. When police checked, they found three more human heads inside the ice chest. As usual, a threatening “narco-message” was left with the dead. This morning (Mon.) four bodies, all without a head, were found on a road to the nearby town of Salto, Sinaloa.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 8/24/09
Someone left an ice chest outside a school in Nogales, Sonora. Inside: a human body, tortured and cut, with certain body parts near his mouth. A “narco-message” was left with the dead victim. But “Milenio” (Mexico City) today reported that the victim in this case had his upper and lower extremities cut off, his head cut off, and his reproductive organ placed inside his mouth.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 8/24/09
This morning (Mon.) four police officers at Tepic, state of Nayarit, finished their shift at 7 a.m. and were being driven home in a patrol unit. But then two light trucks came alongside and at least four hired killers in each one of them opened fire on the patrol unit with high powered rifles. The patrol unit crashed, hit at least 100 times, and all its occupants were killed.
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