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El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador); last paragraph is from El Pais (Madrid, Spain) 1/19/10
Illegal aliens: Spain has the same problem
One thousand, one hundred-eighty Ecuadorans live in the town of Vic [some 36 mi. north of Barcelona, Spain.] Now, city officials will inform police of the identity of undocumented immigrants who have not registered with the city, a necessary process for residents in order to access health and education services. “SOS Racismo” denounced the move as “xenophobic” because it “violates the fundamental rights of these persons,” who will not register for fear of being reported, and will become “more invisible.” Ecuadoran diplomats in Spain issued a communiqué stating that countries have “an un-renounceable commitment in regard to the promotion and protection of human rights, and said legal obligation imposes a conduct of respect by public officials in regard to said rights.” The town of Vic is requiring aliens to show not only their passports but also their legal residence card in order to register.
An official in Pimec, in the Barcelona area, has demanded a higher police presence in Barcelona and the hardening of legal processes to combat the insecurity affecting businesses, residents and tourists, which he linked to immigration. He stated “Barcelona has had an increased flow of immigrants, with its associated problems, and of people who have come from countries which certainly do not have the ethics that we have here, which has caused the level of insecurity to rise.”
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 1/19/10
There were sixteen homicides within 24 hours in the Dep’t. (State) of Olancho, Honduras. Among the victims, a group of five young men who’d been forcefully carried off earlier, and who were found riddled by gunfire. The same happened to another group of three. There have been no arrests. Indignant readers’ commentaries all accuse the police of being “sold out,” incompetent and crooked.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 1/19/10
Violent El Salvador
There were eighteen homicides within 24 hours on January 18. The daily average for the year has so far been 13. The Army has asked for more leeway to intervene in anti-crime activities. (A summary of the main editorial bemoans the country’s continuing and increasing criminality, the laissez-faire attitude regarding it, plus the lack of effective law enforcement counteraction to lessen this ongoing social phenomenon.)
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 1/19/10
Smuggling attempt update
A Guatemalan woman remains in a “grave condition” in a hospital in San Diego County, Calif.; she was one of at least 23 “migrants” being transported in a boat that sank a week ago north of San Diego. Fourteen passengers were rescued, including three in the hospital. Eleven are unaccounted for. “Between 300 thousand and 500 thousand undocumented Mexican immigrants cross each year into the U.S. in search of better living opportunities, a number that has decreased slightly in the last few years due to the economic crisis in the U.S. and the increased controls at the border.”
Several individuals went into a funeral parlor at Villa Canales, Guatemala [some 16 mi. south of Guatemala City] during the funeral services for a man who’d been killed by 23 shots last Sunday. The intruders opened fire, killed four of those present and wounded eight others, five of them critically. One of those killed was a 10 year old girl.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 1/19/10
The first paragraph of the main editorial follows. It’s titled as above.
A no-holds barred war against criminality can no longer be postponed. Society clamors for a serious, in depth, intervention by government to end that social blight which is turning the cities of Sinaloa into giant cemeteries.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 1/19/10
Confirming the above item
A confrontation and shootout between unidentified individuals left six dead by a road in the hill country up from Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Assault rifles were used.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 1/19/10
Violence: Sonora & Veracruz
The bodies of two women and three men were found “half buried” near the township of Rosario Tesopaco, in the south of the state of Sonora. And in Boca del Rio, state of Veracruz, a rolling shootout through a number of streets started Tuesday before dawn. “Hundreds of shell casings from assault rifled littered the area.” “There are several detained persons.”
Excelsior (Mexico City) 1/19/10
In two different areas of Nogales, Sonora, Mexican army personnel seized a total of 21 firearms, 2,887 rounds of ammo “for high caliber weapons”, 77 loaded clips, police uniforms and vehicles. At least seven thugs were arrested. Two others were killed and three hostages were rescued. The article did not mention when these actions took place.
There have recently been reports about the high number of dropouts at all levels of schooling in Mexico, and the resulting high number of people lacking a basic education.
The cartoon below is titled : “Education. The Future of Mexico.” It shows a character – wearing the colors of the Mexican flag – and reading an upside down newspaper which reads: ”In 2015, there must not be illiteracy in the 15 to 24 age population.” The backpack reads “SNTE” (Mexico’s National Education Workers Union.)
The burro says: “ I jes’ don’t get it.”
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