Violence reigns across borders

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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.

Thursday, 10/8/09

La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 10/7/09

Homicides in El Salvador

The month of September closed with a daily average of 13 homicides in El Salvador. Now, the National Police reports that there have been 83 homicides in the country during the first five days of October, a daily average of 16. [El Salvador is slightly smaller than Massachusetts]

The following is the first portion of today’s main editorial, titled, “Homicides, a seemingly unstoppable plague”. “The immediate and constant effect of having done nothing really substantial to bring to a halt the wave of homicidal criminality that  flails the country for many years now is that the numbers keep surpassing themselves, in a really chilling scale. Our society suffers an already endemic disease of violent homicides, centered mainly and notoriously in the world of organized crime, which today has gang members as its main tools of execution. Playing around with statistics, in which the authorities have been involved  from long ago, is more and more counterproductive, because, as an example, to claim as a success that instead of 13 daily homicides now there are 12, seems more like sarcasm than evaluation.”

————————– (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 10/7/09

56 persons murdered in 48 hours in Caracas

This new homicide record has renewed the debate about the growing danger which has placed Caracas as the second most violent city in the world. While the average of violent deaths was slightly over 30 persons per weekend, this last Saturday and Sunday that figure rose to 56. One organization reports that there were 14,589 assassinations in the country in 2008. While the world average of homicides per 100,000  population is 8.8, that of Venezuela’s for 2008 was 5.2 times larger. The increase in homicides has not let up since 1999, the first year of Hugo Chavez’ government.


El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 10/7/09

More “narcoplane” traffic

The most recent landing of a “narcoplane” in Honduras was the thirteenth such event during the last three weeks. Drug traffic originating in South America takes advantage of the fact that local government lacks the personnel, funds and equipment to cover a widespread area dotted with many clandestine airstrips. Some planes land on strips of road, and the local air force doesn’t have an operational radar. This latest landing was on a roadway; the smugglers unloaded their cargo, set the plane on fire and then fled. Not an unusual occurrence.


Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan)  10/7/09

“Extreme urban violence”

Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, on the border with the United States, is the most violent city in the world due to its number of homicides. It is followed by Caracas, Venezuela, and New Orleans, according to the Citizens’ Council for Public Security, a Mexican civilian organization. In fourth place is another Mexican city, Tijuana, Baja California. The rankings are based on the number of homicides per each 100,000 residents.


El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  10/7/09

Juarez, again……

Once again, Juarez homicide events were relegated to a relatively obscure portion of the local news section of this paper. The bottom line: twelve more persons were executed “in the style of organized crime” in Ciudad Juarez yesterday (Tues.)


Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco)  10/7/09

Current Mexican homicide statistics

Homicides in Mexico so far this year have now surpassed the total for all those in 2008. To illustrate the growth of violence, the total for the year 2005 was 1,537. In 2006 the total was 2,221, In 2007 the total figure was 2,673. By 2008 the number had climbed to 5,630 (15 per day). The current year’s total is now 5,637, or more than 20 per day. The state of Chihuahua leads Mexico as the most violent, followed by Sinaloa, Durango, Guerrero, Baja California and Michoacan.


Excelsior (Mexico City)  10/7/09

Mexican Congress deals with immigration

Members of the Population, Borders and Migratory Affairs Committee of the Mexican Congress initiated a session by emphasizing that they will promote reforms concerning protection for the Mexican migrants who head for the United States. The Chairperson of the committee, Norma Salazar, pointed out that the work will encompass a broad agenda “to strengthen the legal framework which may permit guaranteeing the human rights of the migrants.” Another member, Hector Murguia, said that the legislators and the Mexican nation must work to prevent Mexican migrants who continue to attempt to cross the country’s northern border from being treated as criminals.


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