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Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia) 4-1-10
Murders rise in 21 states during March
Murders by criminal organizations rose, for the first time, in March to 1,130 victims of homicide for the month. The states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Sonora, Guerrero, Michoacán and Nuevo Leon suffered more than 50 cases each and accounted for 88% of the total murders. The number of homicide cases related to narcotics trafficking has risen 11 times since El Milenio began recording the number of murders by organized crime at the end of 2006.
During March there was the loss of more policemen with a total of 89 agents. Sixteen of them were federal agents, 38 municipal officers, 24 state policemen and 11 soldiers. All of those died in direct confrontations with bands of narcotics traffickers.
According to Milenio, since 2007 the number of dead policemen and soldiers has reached 1,564. The deadliest month before this March was October of 2008 in which 77 soldiers and policemen were murdered.
Twenty three incidents in March occurred in Nuevo Leon and resulted in the deaths of 20 innocent bystanders, 9 agents, and more than 30 members of criminal organizations.
Chihuahua was the bloodiest state with 389 recorded murders during the month which is
26% of all the murders in the country of Mexico.
Diario de Guadalajara (Guadalajara) 4-1-10
Military seizes drugs and firearms
Guadalajara-The Mexican military in this area reported the seizure of drugs, weapons, ammunition and cash.
Responding to information given by an alert citizen about the presence of armed individuals, the Army responded and detained two people who wouldn’t identify themselves, and seized 3 kilos 950 grams of cocaine, one 9mm pistol with a magazine of 13 cartridges, a .38 caliber revolver, .22 caliber ammunition, 37,930 pesos, 3000 empty red capsules labeled “TNT” and three weighing scales
Editorial–This Country is Falling to Pieces
(Translator’s Note: The following is a synopsis of the editorial titled above)
Mexican Society is encountering a crisis like no other in generations. The policy of the government is a policy of destruction.
Violence by criminal organizations has broken out and the absurd strategy of combating it with force results in social degradation in urban areas and poor sections of the country where poor, uneducated young people are recruited as henchmen and are the strength of the cartels.
Growing social inequality has converted Mexico into a factory to make people rich and to make people poor. There are urban areas where we have the best real estate in the entire world and a short distance away there are the poorest slums in the world.
An economy based on making more money and getting benefits and extravagances, is exploiting the workforce and sacrificing the well being of others. Last year there was the highest unemployment rate in years and the worst economic growth rate in 80 years, while the cost of food rose and wages dropped. This caused enormous difficulty in meeting essential needs like food, medicine, education and housing.
It is difficult to get a job with a decent salary. This results in major pressure on the workforce which relies solely on wages. The solution is this: More capital investment resulting in more work, setting higher wages and lower taxes.
Part of the strategy to raise economic levels is to enact social programs and guarantee minimum wages. Many laborers work eight hours a day and then commute several hours to and from work resulting in a work day that is 10 or 12 hours long. At the same time many work part time and have no retirement program. It is a social disaster.
Another crisis is the reduction of public services like education, health care, street repair and so forth. On one hand they tell us there are no resources to construct schools, hospitals and clinics and on the other they bailed out crooked bankers in 1995 and we are paying monstrous interest payments of 2.5 billion pesos a year. The result could not be worse. We have people living in huts and curtained vans and their lives are falling apart. They are tired of it.
Meanwhile, professional politicians offer empty promises and the economy continues to falter. They believe we will keep butting our heads but the opposite is true. They have made a deal with the devil with their promises to end the crisis. They have made the same promises for 25 years. Ninety percent of the people do not understand and they don’t intend to understand the supposed political reform that is proposed.
As I have set forth, the politicians and the intellectuals have launched a program against an entire generation and have offered nothing but a recipe for the disaster we are in-the violence and worker exploitation. It is obviously, like it has been for the last 100 or 200 years, we need social advancement. All we are doing is creating a social underclass.
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