Written by M3 Report
October 17, 2008
El Universal (Mexico City) 10/16/08
The first fifteen days of October became the year's most violent in Mexico and broke the record of deaths linked to organized crime in any such period by reaching 387 victims, especially because of the increase in multiple homicides. During those fifteen days violent deaths reached 178 in Chihuahua alone and in Baja California they totaled 90.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salv.) , El Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 10/15/08
The Presidents of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, and of El Salvador, Elias Antonio Saca, met in Mexico City and endorsed programs against common national challenges including "the defense of the rights of immigrants."
Calderon emphasized that both countries "must fight against the measures which criminalize our migrants in our territories and particularly in the United States." The Salvadoran president pointed out that both countries are "on the forefront of the defense" of the migrants.
He also thanked the "great support" by Mexico for the Salvadorans who cross Mexico "in search of a better life (in the U.S.)"
From January to June of this year Mexican officials repatriated 43,975 Central Americans who had entered illegally. In 2007 Mexico intercepted 120,000 undocumented immigrants along its southern border with Guatemala and Belize, of whom 114,000 were Central Americans.
Armada Nacional de Colombia (the Colombian Navy's site) , Radio Caracol (Bogota, Colombia) 10/15/08
A joint operation by the Colombian Navy and Colombia's "DAS" (equiv. to the FBI) resulted in the seizure of 755 kilos of high purity cocaine, already packaged and loaded into two launches, ready to be exported. The event took place at an island of the small San Bernardo archipelago, in the Caribbean Sea west of Cartagena.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 10/15/08
114 Guatemalan deportees who had been originally arrested at the large round-up in May in Postville, Iowa, arrived on a flight from the U.S. Some complained about being restrained during the return flight and also stated that their plans were to return to the United States.
Critica (Sonora) 10/15/08
The house of a journalist in Nogales, Sonora, was hit by gunfire from assault weapons for five minutes early on Wednesday morning; the house ended up with at least 477 bullet impacts but no one inside was hurt. At least that many AK47 and AR15 shell casings were collected afterward. The report ends by saying: " The attack against Rivas Borquez (the journalist) crowned the climate of insecurity being experienced in Nogales, where the criminals have become lords and masters."
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 10/15/08
Short takes from the front page:
- Young man who'd been forcibly taken from his home is found murdered
- Shootout inside (local) prison leaves two dead and seven wounded
- 11 persons executed (sic) at the end of the week in Sinaloa
- Two state police are carried off by force
- Three subjects riddled by gunfire in Culiacan
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, ed.) 10/15/08
At about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday three Juarez prison guards were waiting at a business area street corner for their ride to work. But then armed subjects arrived in two vehicles and opened fire on them; one of the killers stepped out of his vehicle and gave each of the three fallen guards their final coup de grace.
And three other men were killed earlier by AK47 gunfire in Nuevo Casas Grande, a town to the S.W. of Juarez.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10/15/08
In Nogales, Sonora, within seven hours, two men were murdered, one of them tortured and later dumped with a "narcomessage" , while the other was riddled by gunfire . A third man was forcibly carried off right from the center of town.
El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero) 10/15/08
Sixteen more Acapulco policemen are to be fired for flunking a drug test which showed they'd been using marihuana and cocaine. Thirty-nine more similar cases are pending final action.
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