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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.
Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 7-5-10
Church declares violence a threat to democracy
Mexico, D.F. – The archdiocese of Mexico put out a notice that fear on the part of citizens who go to the polls and vote is a threat to democracy because of the presence of criminal organizations. The Church called upon all institutions in the country to respond in an intelligent and energetic manner against this new threat to the state.
The notice also said that democracy can be destroyed by violence that imposes the “law of the jungle” and destroys the foundation of the state.
In an editorial published in the weekly magazine, Desde la Fe, the hierarchy of the Church stated, “The newest and most dangerous threat against us in these days is the threat represented by criminal organizations imposed against the fundamental institutions of our society.”
Cardinal Rivera Carrera said that, in order to obtain some degree of peace, it is necessary to compromise the struggle with more humane conditions in society.
Chief of police and deputy killed
Actopan, Hidalgo – Chief of Police Refugio Apatica Perez and his Deputy Isaias Perez Cortez, were killed at dawn yesterday by suspected criminals.
In an exchange of gunfire, one of the criminals died. The police had stopped an automobile, after a robbery report, and found firearms reserved exclusively for military use, according to the Secretary of the State Security Police.
Rotativo de Queretaro 7-5-10
Hundreds of Central Americans stranded
Arriaga, Chiapas – Hundreds of undocumented migrants stranded in Arriaga, Chiapas, after more than a week of heavy rains in the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. They are enroute to Ixtepec where they intend to board a train to the Northern border. During this great adventure the migrants endure water and sun with their feet full of blisters, while rains have destroyed stretches of railroad that link Arriaga, Chiapas, with Ixtepec, Oaxaca.
In the town of Chahuites, Oaxaca, dozens of migrants complained to the National Commission of Human Rights about the controls that the Mexican military has put upon them and taken away their money.
“They detain us only to take our money and let us go. We would prefer to pay to return to our country,” said one of the migrants, who wanted to be anonymous for fear of reprisal.
From Arriaga to Ixtepec there are at least 10 checkpoints operated by the police, the military and Mexican Immigration. For that reason, the migrants travel day and night to attain “The American Dream”.
Because of the emergency, the National Human Rights Commission has established a mobile office to receive complaints and to give out food and water.
The Secretary of Development of the Southern Border (of Mexico) has donated food, water and medicine to the shelter and the El Salvadorian Consulate in Arriaga is attending to the situation while hundreds of migrants continue to wait for the train which is expected to resume operations in the next few days.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 7-5-10
State policeman murdered
Naco, Sonora – The third murder of a state policeman this year was recorded on the road between Agua Prieta and Cananea. The victim was still inside his automobile.
The State Investigative Police, in a press release, identified the victim as Arnoldo Quintero Alcantar, 42 years old, who was stationed in Cananea. He was the brother of Ezequiel Quintero Alcantar, who was murdered on the 30th of November 2009 in Guaymas. He was also a supervisor in the State Investigative Police.
The reports indicate that Arnoldo Quintero was killed at 12:30 AM, a few kilometers from where he had been meeting with other agents of the State Police who are permanently stationed in Naco, Sonora.
Information from the State Police indicated that the body was found inside a pickup that had a burned up motor. The pickup had several impacts from an AK-47 that shattered the rear window and perforated the interior.
200 federal agents arrive in Ciudad Juarez
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua -Two hundred Federal Public Security Agents (SSPF) arrived in Ciudad Juarez aboard a 727 aircraft, alarming members of the PRI. The political party denounced the arrival of the agents showing fear and alarm from the lack of information surrounding the reasons for the activation of the agents, according to Javier Gonzalez Mocken, spokesman for the PRI Party. The agents arrived without informing local authorities and without being requested by any local authority.
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