At least 1.2 million Guatemalans reside abroad, more than 95% of them in the United States; of this number almost 70 percent are undocumented, according to the International Migrations Organization.
La Hora (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 11/24/08
Marlene Blanco, the first woman ever to head Guatemala's National Police ("PNC"), acknowledged that infiltration by organized crime and corruption are the principal problems affecting Guatemalan police.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 11/24/08
A semi-trailer enroute from Colima to Tijuana was inspected in Durango. Included with its load of lemons: two metric tons, 50 kgs. of weed.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez ed., Chihuahua) 11/24/08
Items from the local news section:
- Molotov cocktails started a fire that destroyed most of "El Mondila" restaurant in Juarez before dawn today. (This type of event has been previously reported in the area press as a favorite retaliatory tactic against night spots, restaurants and other business establishments that refuse to pay "protection" extortion demands.)
- In the Torres del Sur area of Juarez, four men standing outside a home became the targets of a drive-by shooting that left three of them dead and the fourth one wounded.
- A shootout was reported in the El Papolote area of Juarez. (No details)
- Another two men were killed and a woman injured in the Tierra Nueva area of Juarez. The mode, again, was gunfire from a vehicle.
(Likewise, the state (Chihuahua) news section has four other items reporting the assassination of eight other different individuals. But assassinations in Mexico aren't confined to Chihuahua and Baja California. The following one from Coahuila is a short but not unique example.)
El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 11/24/08
Two men were shot to death after a vehicle chase in Gomez Palacio, Durango (right across from Torreon, Coahuila). The victims' pickup truck ended up with more than fifty round impacts from AR15 and AK47 rifles.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 11/24/08
Unknown persons, presumably drug cartel thugs, left six funeral flower arrangements in various places around Hermosillo, Sonora. The flower arrangements all had threatening messages attached against the police.
El Universal (Mexico City) 11/25/08
(There is the almost inescapable daily accounting of bloodshed around the country) : two in Jalisco, one of them in Zapopan, the other in Guadalajara. Another, the body burned, by a dam in Garabitos, Durango; then an ex state police officer in Navolato Sinaloa, shot with AK47. Tijuana made the list with seven, in various parts of town. In the state of Mexico a car-to-car gunfire assault left two dead, and another man in Coacalco was shot six times. Chihuahua City recorded two others.
(The attachment, by a prize-winning cartoonist, appeared on the editorial page of this leading paper. It is titled "Mexico exports" and shows President Calderon ordering that two packages "be sent to Obama; we have more than enough." The tiny packages are labeled "Talent" and "Common Sense")
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 11/25/08
The Mex. 29th Regiment reported that the 3,100 kilos found yesterday aboard a semi at an inspection point in Chihuahua bring to 68.6 metric tons of marihuana seized in this area since the start of Joint Operation Chihuahua on March 24th. Other running totals include 547 vehicles, 1,108 arrests, 13 fragmentation grenades, 63 thousand rounds of ammo, 423 "long barrel" firearms, 382 handguns, currency and a variety of lesser and different amounts of other drugs.
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