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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.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 8/27/10
Mexico has double standards toward migrants
According to Mexico’s Center for Human Rights of Migrants (CNDH), Mexico operates on a double standard in regards to the treatment of undocumented migrants. In a communique issued from Cd. Juarez, the organization pointed out that while the Mexican government demands respect for their countrymen in the US, it violates the human rights of Central and South Americans in Mexico. In reference to the recent massacre of 72 people in Tamaulipas, what happened there is only a reflection of the vulnerability of migrants in Mexico. Just this past May, they point out, the United Nation’s Human Rights Council expressed surprise at the growing xenophobia, aggressions, tortures, anti-migrant laws and even murders suffered by undocumented Central and South Americans in their transit through Mexican territory.
One of the most serious problems facing migrants in Mexico today is kidnapping. The CNDH documented the kidnapping of 9,758 undocumented migrants in Mexico between September 2008 and February 2009, more than 1,600 per month. The report also warned that the kidnapping of migrants has become a common practice, usually unpunished and with acts of extreme cruelty, carried out as much by the authorities as by organized crime. The crime is very lucrative. In the total number of cases cited above, the take in those six months was approximately 25 million US dollars.
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 8/27/10
El Universal (Mexico City) 8/27/10
Weekend activities begin early around Acapulco
In different acts of extreme violence, 14 people were executed mob-style Friday in various areas in and around Acapulco, Guerrero. The spree of murders began at midnight with a group of four, followed by two in another area, then six more in a group and, finally two in yet another area. All the victims had their hands and feet tied, were blindfolded and had narco messages left on their bodies.
El Universal (Mexico City) 8/28/10
Executions continue in Chihuahua.
The wave of mob style executions reported yesterday (above) continued and spread to the state of Chihuahua with a total of 37 dead. Homicides in Chihuahua totaled 22 in various parts of the state. Five of those killed have been identified as police agents. All were clearly mob hits.
Explosions reported in Reynosa
An official report from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, alerted people of two explosions in the downtown area, one near the La Quebradita bar and the other at the intersection of Chapa and Colon streets. There were no injuries reported from the explosive devices, only material damage. [Reynosa is across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas.]
El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 8/29/10
Close inspection of Colombian aircraft
This year, Colombian authorities have grounded 158 private aircraft for various violations including narcotrafficking and duplication or counterfeiting aircraft registrations among other licensing infractions. The most recent government inspection operations were carried out in five diverse airports in central Colombia with the seizure of a Beechcraft King 300 with what appeared to be an altered registration.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/29/10
Guatemalan Migrants called “heroes”
Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom, in Los Angeles, California, to inaugurate the sixth annual Guatemalan festival (Feria Chapina), called his country’s migrants “heroes” for having the courage to migrate to the US, an unknown country. Plans were revealed to construct a monument to migrants near La Aurora, Guatemala City’s international airport.
El Universal (Mexico City) 8/29/10
[The daily opinion column in El Universal, which usually covers several topics, had two of interest related here in part:]
The federal government’s official claim that it is winning the war against organized crime and that the resulting desperation is driving the escalation of violence by the drug cartels has little support. In Chihuahua, restaurant and bar owners decided to shut down at 19:00 hours to avoid being drug dealers. They and others such as taxi drivers and other small businesses have packets of drugs forced on them to sell to customers. If the businessmen fail to comply, they are murdered. Lacking security from the authorities, the business owners decided to shut down at night in an attempt to put a stop to the abuse.
Investigation hampered by poor judgment
The investigation of the execution murders of 72 Central and South American migrants in Tamaulipas has encountered a major obstacle: the authorities will not have their principal witness, the only survivor of the massacre, since he has turned down a humanitarian visa to remain in Mexico. He wishes to return to his native Ecuador because of threats to his family after his name was released to the press. Loss of the principal witness puts this massive case at risk simply for lack of compliance with article 24 of the UN’s Convention against transnational organized crime that makes it clear that the government was obligated to take measures to prevent the release of the identity of a crime victim who is also a witness.
More on attacks in Reynosa
Three grenade attacks in different parts of the border town of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Saturday afternoon left a total of 14 adults and 9 minors wounded, among them a 3-year-old. These attacks include the two reported yesterday (above), in which the news erroneously reported that there were no injuries. Paramedics reported that two of the victims are in grave condition. Near one of the explosions, an abandoned Chevrolet Trail Blazer was located with doors open and its engine burned. Documents inside had the name Jose Martinez with an address in Mission, Texas.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 8/29/10
Human trafficking, a 3 billion dollar business for organized crime in Mexico
Mexico, D.F. (Notimex) – A Mexican legislative report pointed out that between 1998 and 2008, more than 60,000 Central and South Americans “disappeared” while transiting Mexico en route to the US, inasmuch as none of them reached their families in the US or returned home. Their whereabouts remain unknown. Unofficial reports point out that in the past five years, as part of the incursion of narcotraffickers into the business of kidnapping of migrants, the number of deceased could exceed 400 per year. Official figures put the estimated number of annual deaths of Central American migrants in Mexico at 200.
A member of the National Confederation of Public Organizations (CNOP), Edmundo Ramirez Martinez, explained that the trafficking of people over the northern border has become a “huge business” that generates earnings of over three billion dollars a year for organized crime.
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