Mexico: Michoacán still simmering

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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.

 Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 12/14/09

 Federal forces in Michoacán also face public opposition

Inhabitants of several communities in the area of Apatzingan, Michoacán, where federal police were ambushed by presumed members of La Familia last week, held demonstrations today in front of the city hall to demand the departure of the federal forces.  The citizens charge the federal troops with “excesses” of authority and civil rights violations.  The people allege that after the attack on the police last week, there have been abductions of people by the federals in order to obtain information regarding the location of key players in the criminal organization.  The sign in the photo below reads, “Away with the PFP [Protective Federal Police] for beatings and thefts they commit on the people who are INNOCENT!”


 La Jornada (Mexico City) 12/14/09

 Los Zetas and La Familia clash in Uruapan

Members of two criminal gangs, Los Zetas and La Familia Michoacána, engaged in a half-hour gun battle in Uruapan, Michoacán, Monday, resulting in one dead and six arrested.  [Two other periodicals put the arrests at nine.]  The combat also included fragmentation grenades.  It began when the La Familia group attacked a house where Los Zetas were holed up.  Los Zetas held their ground and the noisy activity caught the attention of the Mexican military and several police agencies.  All converged on the  area to make the arrests.


Three children victims of gang war

In a presumed attack by one criminal gang on another in the state of Chihuahua, two brothers, five and ten years of age, died when the barn where they were sleeping caught fire.  Their sister, seven, escaped alive, but with severe burns.  The attack took place around midnight when an armed group fired into the structure located near the town of Balleza, in mountainous country west of Parral.  The children’s parents, indigenous Tarahumara, were at a festival nearby at the time.


 Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 12/14/09

 Monday morning in Tijuana

Responding to a report Monday morning, Tijuana police found a body of a man, 25 – 30, hanging from a bridge in the city.  The victim showed signs of torture and a bullet hole in his head.  An accompanying narco-message indicated he was the victim of gang rivalry.


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