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Foreign News Report
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.
A Powerful hit on the Sinaloa and La Familia
Tijuana, B.C. – A historic burning occurred yesterday that reduced to ashes over 46 tons of marijuana and assured the weakening of the cartels in Baja California. The contraband had been seized by various police agencies and the Mexican Army over the last few months. The contraband was valued at over 264 million pesos and prevented La Familia and the Sinaloa Cartel from using the Baja California corridor as a route into the United States. The destruction was witnessed by both civilian and military authorities. There remains 60 tons of marijuana slated for destruction valued at more than 300 million pesos.
Correo (Guanajuato) 5-12-10
Stop the crime!
Celaya – More than 7, 500 students, professors, employees and common citizens took to the streets demanding a stop to rising crime. “Where are they? Where are the police who are supposed take care of us?” cried more than seven and a half thousand students from nine educational institutions who took to the streets protesting rising crime. Yesterday, the students, all dressed in white shirts, demonstrated to protest insecurity in the streets for everyone who lives in the city. The students were responding to the murder of Professor Bonifacio Ortega Molina last Wednesday at his place of business. The family of Professor Ortega marched in unison with the protestors saying, “All we want is justice in this murder.” The family declined to make further comments.
The U.S. will combat drug use
Mexico, D.F. – The continuing war on drugs, which has lasted almost four decades, has not had positive results for the majority of those people in the United States. The Obama Administration’s Anti-drug Czar-Gil Kerliskowske, announced a change in the anti-drug strategy which is to break the chain of drug use by decreasing drug dependency and to fund simultaneously the international anti-drug efforts of countries such as Mexico to destroy the drug cartels. This will end the high risk to health and security in the entire nation. Since President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs”, the clear truth is that the people of the United States do not believe it has been a great success.
The new National Strategy to Control Drugs is principally to reduce the consumption of drugs and to treat and prevent drug use. The focus is to achieve equal goals on prevention, treatment, and enforcement of the law. It seeks to reach 15% reduction in drug use, principally among the young, to be achieved in 5 years. To reach this goal, Washington launched a massive publicity campaign.
El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 5-12-10
Mexico asks the rest of the world to control small arms traffic
Geneva, Switzerland – Today Mexico exhorted all the countries of the world to include in their policies specific strategies to combat the illicit traffic in small arms and munitions primarily to eradicate gun violence.
The Director General of Exterior Relations, Ambassador Pablo Macedo, invited the United States to include in its policies specific actions to combat the illicit traffic in small arms. This Wednesday, more than 60 nations, including Mexico, adopted the Oslo Compromise against gun violence.
The Conference on action against armed violence initiated in Geneva, Switzerland, was hindered by reduced air traffic due to volcanic ash. Mexico applauds the agreement as an important tool against armed violence which foments a culture of peace.
The Secretary of State of Norway, Jonas Gahr, noted that every day there are more than 2,000 victims of gun violence from major and minor criminals. The Agreement adopted Wednesday was applauded by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 5-12-10
Calderón to ask the U.S. Congress to nullify the law
Mexico, D.F. – The Permanent Congressional Committee (of the Mexican Congress) exhorted Mexican President Felipe Calderón, on his next visit to Washington and during his message before the U.S. Congress, to categorically state that the Mexican people and the Government of Mexico totally reject Arizona’s SB-1070.
Various Mexican politicians of both houses of the Mexican Congress strongly oppose SB-1070 and propose that President Calderón demand the U.S. Congress to nullify Arizona’s SB-1070.
The Permanent Congressional Committee of the Mexican Congress asks all federal legislators, (Senators, Deputies, and other elected officials all over the nation) to denounce SB-1070 in all communications, letters, notes, faxes, phone calls and speeches. They all need to be in total agreement about this law and reject it.
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