A national poll of attitudes in Mexico regarding security and the war on drug traffic was conducted by El Universal with the following results:
- 52% feel that general crime has increased in the past six months;
- 74% consider that drug traffic crime has increased during the same period;
- 31% have experienced some crime against them or their families in the past year;
- 55% consider it likely that some member of their family will be a crime victim in the coming year;
- 53% feel that if they become a victim of crime, no one will be arrested;
- 63% feel that if the criminal is caught, the chance of punishment is "little to none".
Regarding the government strategy against crime:
- 25 % feel it has had a positive effect;
- 27% believe it has had no effect;
- 42% believe it has created more insecurity. Nevertheless, there is a vote of confidence toward the authorities with half feeling they should persevere in the war against drug traffic, but 27% believe it would be better to negotiate with the narcotraffickers.
------- El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 10/4/08
October's first charter flight of deportees arrived at the airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador on Oct. 3rd and brought ninety-one Ecuadorans who had been deported from the United States. [Note: a continuing considerable figure for a rather small country.]
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 10/4/08
The article begins : "Honduran families continue to suffer mourning because of the "American dream" ."
Milenio (Mexico City) 10/4/08
Gulf Cartel narco-banners appeared in the city of Oaxaca, state of Oaxaca, offering rewards for locating members of the rival cartel "La Familia" and threatening vengeance for the September 15 bombing in Morelia, MichoacÃ¡n. State officials are concerned and hope to avoid Oaxaca becoming a "new MichoacÃ¡n," a state with a high level of crime violence.
La Hora (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 10/5/08