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Vanguardia (Saltillo, Coahuila) 10/22/08
Rival groups staged a violent, half-hour confrontation last night in Torreon, Coahuila, and turned a section of town into a bloody battlefield. Grenade explosions and gunfire punctuated the night, but the outcome is unknown at this time.
Milenio (Mexico City) 10/22/08
State police and military were called to the prison at Reynosa, Tamaulipas, to help prevent the escape of inmates during a confrontation and riot in the jail which left 21 dead and 8 wounded, all of them prisoners. The facility's chief, the head of security and others have been removed from their posts because presumably they allowed firearms and cutting weapons to enter the facility.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 10/21/08
Mex. military seized 2,710 kilos of stored marihuana plus another 1,740 kilos of the weed in a drying facility as well as 50 kilos of weed seed. All this at some buildings in the Las Trancas hamlet, by Tamazula, Durango. No arrests were made but five rifles, two grenades, a handgun, rifle clips, some ammo, camouflage uniforms and communications equipment were also seized.
La Cronica (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 10/21/08
A newly arrived Mex. federal police officer assigned to Ensenada, Baja Calif., just two weeks ago was killed when a barrage of AK47 gunfire riddled him Monday morning as he left to go to work. Seventy-three shell casings were found at the scene.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10/21/08
Ramses Arce, the "director of public security" (read: chief of police) at Hermosillo, said that he expects that the police officers will not do favors for their fellow workers who drive vehicles with expired license plates or with no plates at all.
El Comercio (Lima, Peru) 10/21/08
According to a public opinion poll conducted by the University of Lima, 30.5% of the respondents wish to leave the country to search for work and a better future. Among those in the upper socio-economic class this figure drops to around 15%, but it rises to almost 40% among those in the lower classes.
The preferred destinations are Spain, the United States and Italy.
Emigration of South Americans to Spain has resulted in more than a quarter million Ecuadorans now being enrolled in Spain's Social Security Agency. (This last item from "El Universo", Guayaquil, Ecuador; same date)
El Pulso (San Luis Potosi, SLP) 10/21/08
The bodies of three Mex. military personnel were found at dawn Monday morning in Santiago, Nuevo Leon. They had been stabbed, tortured and their throats had been slashed.
Eleven soldiers have now been murdered in (the state of) Nuevo Leon between Oct. 15 & 20.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 10/21/08
Around forty Mex. military and federal agents surrounded the police facility at Apodaca (a satellite city of Monterrey) and arrested some 15 police officers including the chief of police. The arrests are believed linked to the kidnapping a week ago of two younger men who were found in a cell of the Apodaca police station. The arrested police were taken to the local prosecuting agency facility to be interrogated.
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