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Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 1/14/10
Jose Narro, Chancellor of the “Universidad Autonoma de Mexico,” [the country’s largest] just visited in Culiacan, Sinaloa. There, he warned that there’s a risk of the economic crisis turning into a “social conflict.” He emphasized that it is inadmissible that, in 2010, when Mexico will celebrate both its Independence Bi-Centennial and its Revolution Centennial, there is a tally of six million Mexicans who do not know how to read or write, and that there’s a mortality rate six times higher than that of Cuba. He also spoke of the grave crisis represented by having nearly 7.5 million youths without a chance for a formal education, nor having real options for employment, the so-called “ni-nis” [read: “not evens, not evens”.] The governor of the state of Sinaloa added that the seeds of organized crime are incubated among youths without employment opportunities.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 1/14/10
A terrible wave of violence
[Portions of the main editorial.] Officialdom must come out and face society and tell it that it is doing something to stop the terrible wave of violence that affects everyone equally. Doubts, tension, and the feeling that something might happen are felt in the street, in conversations and in workplaces. Sinaloans do not perceive that officials are doing something to guarantee tranquility.
Youth has also been affected by the violent atmosphere of the state; criminals are trapping the next generations. The “executo-meter” climbed yesterday; there were 12 executions in the state, 7 forcible kidnappings, and a police chief has disappeared. It is urgent that the authorities get to work.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 1/14/10
Juarez strategy changing
The Operation Chihuahua is undergoing a change in strategy. Beginning today (Thurs.), Mexican soldiers will begin to leave the Ciudad Juarez urban area. They will be replaced by 2,000 federal police. Further, federal police helicopters and unmanned aircraft will be used to watch the city.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 1/14/10
Pay dirt in Tamaulipas
Mexico’s “PGR” [equiv. Dep’t. of Justice] reported the following seizures for the month of December, mainly from the cities of Reynosa, Matamoros, Miguel Aleman & Camargo [All just across the Lower Rio Grande River Valley from Texas]
- 23 metric tons, plus 295 kilos of marihuana; 2 kgs. Of cocaine; 133 “psychotropic pill units”
- 87 firearms; 12 grenades; 360 clips
- 11,108 rounds of ammo; 115 vehicles
- 137 persons arrested; 1,765,103 Mex. pesos seized
Zocalo (Saltillo, Coahuila) 1/14/10
And some of the same, but in Durango
“SEDENA” [Mexico’s Dep’t. of Defense,] reported the following seizures and activity for the first two weeks of the year in various locales in the state of Durango:
- Eleven AK47 & four AR15 assault rifles, plus 3 carbines & 12 handguns seized
- Forty-one clips, 501 rounds of ammo, 3 bullet proof vests
- 8,289 kilos (18,235.8 lbs.) of marihuana and 950 gms. of its seed
- Twelve vehicles seized; nine persons arrested
- Two campgrounds and 3 weed processing facilities dismantled
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