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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 Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 9-21-10
Media pact with narcos, an act of desperation
Editorial by Miguel Omar Lopez and Rafael Gonzalez:
Culiacan – Reporters and society abhor the extreme circumstances which require El Diario de Juarez to seek a truce with criminal organizations after the deaths of two of its reporters. The truce was offered in two pages of editorial in which the paper said it doesn’t want to cause the loss of more employees.
In similar circumstances, the newspaper Noroeste in this city (Culiacan), declined to establish an agreement with the underworld and its facilities were attacked with a volley of grapeshot and the placement of a narco message.
It is detrimental for the federal government not to take a position of enlightenment. It is detrimental for Irma Irene Gonzalez Sanchez, President of the Reporters’ Association, who has shown that there is no guarantee of security or an answer to the protection of the guild.
We are done saying, “Mr. Criminal, what do we do? …Where do we place ourselves?…If we go to the side of the law, they simply do not protect us. If we go to work, tragedy happens like that which occurred to the murdered reporters, or kidnappings or torture. We are done with everything.”
Does this include Sinaloa?
Gonzalez said that the final responsibility lies with the authorities. They have gone to war with the narcos but they have not provided the protection they owe to society.
The President of the Reporters’ Association of Sinaloa, Juan Partida Valdez, said that the position of the newspaper is debatable; nonetheless, he notices a level of desperation in the media under the constant siege of criminality.
The gust of violence brings a moment of distress, and then comes panic. It is time for authorities to take real measures in this matter without making excuses.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 9-21-10
There will be no truce
Mexico City – Alejandro Poire , spokesman for the Federal Government’s office of Security Affairs, said in a press conference at Los Pinos (Mexico’s presidential base,) that there will be no truce, and added that the threats of aggression against communications media will not have any impact and will not motivate a truce or any negotiation with criminal organizations despite higher levels of violence in the northern border areas.
550 kilos of cocaine and arms seized in Panama
Panama –OEM- One Costa Rican and five Panamanians were arrested during the seizure of 550 kilos (1210 lbs.) of cocaine and 14 large caliber arms in the Northern Province of Colon, according to police.
The interception of drugs and arms was a result of an operation during the last few days in conjunction with the Naval Air Wing, the police and the Public Ministry.
The drugs and arms, among them AK-47s and M-16s, were shown to the press by National Police at a press conference.
The Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Panama have been the traditional route of drugs destined to the north of this continent.
Over the last year authorities have established aero-naval bases in an effort to combat the illicit traffic in drugs.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 9-21-10
Two mutilated corpses found in Alamos
Alamos, Sonora – The mutilated bodies of two people were found on a canal bank some 80 kilometers south of Alamos.
An official confirmed the bodies suffered gunshot wounds. The corpses were transported for autopsy and identification.
The Public Ministry in Alamos is investigating.
Floods in Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Oaxaca – The State Institute of Civil Protection (IEPC) of Oaxaca reports that the passing of hurricane Karl has left 5,000 homes flooded and 20,000 people affected. There is one victim confirmed dead and one has disappeared.
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