Archive for July 5th, 2010

OVER THE WEEKEND: MEXICAN ELECTIONS; VIOLENCE AT A MINIMUM FOR NOW

July 5, 2010

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Saturday 7/3/10

El Financiero(Mexico City) 7/2/10

Election day

[Ed. note: Sunday was election day in 15 Mexican states for some 2,000 offices, including governors, local representatives, mayors and other local officials.  There has been much concern regarding the influence of the drug cartels in these elections.  Alarcon’s cartoon preceding election day sums it up nicely.]

El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 7/2/10

 

Some 500 Hondurans emigrate daily to the US

San Pedro Sula, Honduras – At least 500 Hondurans leave daily for the US to seek “the American dream,” according to the regional human rights commission.  The commissioner of the organization said that monthly, about 15,000 leave the country in search of jobs in the US.  However, most of them are deported back, he added.

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Some 20,000 Hondurans have left Arizona

Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Some 20,000 Hondurans have left Arizona due to the threat of SB 1070.  The Honduran government has sent authorities to the state to lend assistance to their people.  The Hondurans are seeking refuge in neighboring states like California and Texas, although they prefer California.  This is due to two things.  Some Texas counties are seeking to implement laws similar to Arizona’s “which violate the rights of the migrants,” while California is a state that is boycotting some of Arizona’s commercial and economic activities in protest to the law.

 

http://www.elheraldo.hn/País/Ediciones/2010/07/02/Noticias/Unos-20-000-hondurenos-ya-se-fueron-de-Arizona

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El Universal (Mexico City) 7/2/10

 

US Consulate attacker arrested

Mexican Federal Police arrested Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo, “El Camello,” on charges of orchestrating the March 13 attack on people linked to the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, in which three were killed.  Chavez, a gang leader of La Linea, allegedly ordered the murders, including an employee and her husband.  Authorities said Chavez ordered members of the La Linea gang, the armed branch of the Juarez cartel, to murder consular employee Lesley A. Enriquez because she presumably issued visas to members of a rival crime organization.  

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Calderon calls for unified political party position against crime

Mexican President Felipe Calderon called for his nation’s political parties to draw up a national policy against crime.  “The strengthening of institution and not their systematic demolition requires precisely not only a State policy, but also conduct with a national vision from all political leaders.  It is for this reason I have called together citizens, civil organizations, political parties and national authorities to discuss how to perfect and strengthen national policy on security matters and strengthen our institutional framework,” the president said.

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El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 7/2/10

 

Penalties to increase for human smuggling

Mexico City – Mexico will begin to impose greater prison terms and fines for human traffickers.  Federal officials announced that human trafficking will now carry penalties of 8 to 16 years in prison and fines of minimum 15,000 days’ salary.   Up to now, the penalties were 6 to 12 years and 10,000 days’ salary.  The new minimum fine translates to some $64,000.  The penalties increase by 50% if it involves trafficking minors.  The modifications in the law also now permits the authorities to instigate their own investigations.  Previously, it required a citizen report of trafficking.  Most of the human trafficking encountered in Mexico are those being transported through the country to enter the US.  This not only includes foreigners, but Mexican citizens as well.  [Ed. note: The “daily wage” fines are apparently based on Mexico’s minimum daily wage.]

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El Debate (Sinaloa state) 7/2/10

 

Culiacan gains distinction: number 2

The city of Culiacan, Sinaloa, has moved to second place in the world’s most dangerous cities.  Rated by homicides per 100,000 residents, Culiacan is averaging 69, behind only Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, with 191.  Chihuahua city comes in third at 63.

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Sunday 7/4/10

 

El Universal (Mexico City) 7/3/10

 

Two state police decapitated

The bodies of two Jalisco state police agents were found mutilated and decapitated inside six black plastic bags in Tonala, a suburb of Guadalajara.  Also inside one of the bags was a message written on cardboard.  Both agents had been abducted the morning before at another location in the city.

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Woman arrested smuggling heroin in stomach

Customs Border Protection agents arrested a woman for smuggling when she was seeking entry into the US at Pharr, Texas.  The woman, 24, who claimed to be legally immigrated from the Dominican Republic, arrived at the port of entry in a taxi and identified herself as a resident of the Bronx, New York.  When sent into the office for closer inspection, she became very nervous for no discernible reason.  She was then sent for a medical exam which ultimately revealed she had swallowed 10 small packets of heroin with a total of 432 grams, valued at close to $80,000.

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El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 7/3/10

 

Insecurity closes restaurants in Ciudad Juarez

In the past year and a half, the restaurant business in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, has lost at least 4,000 employees and more than 40% of business due to organized crime.  Extortion, kidnapping and theft make it almost impossible to keep in business.  More than 80% of the businesses pay protection money to criminal gangs that charge from 500 to 5,000 pesos [about $40 to $400] depending on the size of the business.  Accurate figures of business losses to criminals are impossible to achieve since many business owners fear to report them.

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El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 7/3/10

 

Semi-submersible boat found

A boat designed for operating almost under the surface was discovered by the Ecuadorian Navy in a remote area near the Colombian border.  The semi-submersible, similar to a submarine, was hidden in an inlet near the coast.  It was the second such discovery in a month.

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Monday 7/5/10

 

El Espectador (Bogota, Colombia) 7/4/10

 

US Ambassador to Colombia rejects Arizona law

The US Ambassador to Colombia, William Brownfield, repudiated the new Arizona law against undocumented immigrants.  He said that considering the possibility of rejecting the presence of citizens of other nationalities in his country is illogical since tradition demonstrates otherwise.  “The United States is a country of immigrants,” he declared, during a July 4 celebration.

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