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La Prensa (Managua, Nicaragua) 12/1/08
Early Sunday morning the Costa Rican Coast Guard located and chased a launch which turned out to contain "between 1,600 and 1,800 kilos of cocaine." Costa Rica's "Drug Control" police estimated there are 80 to 90 sacks of 20 kilos each. The launch was equipped with three 200 hp outboard motors; its four man crew jumped ito the water and fled into the seaside mangrove in Costa Rica's west coast, near the mouth of the Tivives River in the Punta Arenas area.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 12/1/08
A shootout resulted in twelve dead - and maybe fifteen - in Santa Ana Huista, in the area of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Officials attributed the event to narcoviolence: rival groups, including Mexicans, fighting for territorial control.
A separate and unrelated article reported ten other violent deaths elsewhere in the country, all but two by gunfire. The two exceptions: one killed by machete blows, the other, tied to a post and burned.
La Hora Guatemala City, Guatemala) 12/1/08
The first three paragraphs of an op/column by Guillermo Wilhelm titled "Will violence defeat us?" follow:
"Guatemala is spoken of abroad as a sick society, and as a country we have already become a big red note each time that the foreign communication media speak about our nation. The brazen assassinations of urban bus drivers, the kidnappings, assaults and generalized violence have become rooted in our country, showing us off to the world as a dysfunctional society which is losing the hope and the possibilities of building a worthwhile nation where we may all be able to live.
In Europe they have called our homeland "Paradise of Assassins." The most worrisome, absurd and dangerous is the public reality published a few days ago in a paper of the fact that we are getting accustomed to it, and the reason is owed to the fact that for several years violence has ceased to be a variant, becoming instead a constant which keeps growing and diversifying its expression in all its modalities.
Some time ago we were horrified at the finding of heads and all kinds of body parts, or the assassination and incineration of the Salvadoran Congressmen, (but) today that doesn't seem as newsworthy when continuing to see the same thing happen with the Nicaraguan tourists on the highway to the Atlantic. There's no doubt that we are losing our way as a country, replacing it with a panorama which distinguishes us as an isolated and distrustful society."
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 12/1/08
Three cadavers, victims of homicide, were found in Culiacan within a lapse of 20 minutes. The month has begun with three executions in the capital city and one in Los Mochis.
(The title of the main editorial? : "It's imperative to reinforce security")
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 12/1/08
Three of the nine decapitated persons found Sunday in Tijuana were local city policemen. A fourth one may also be among the beheaded group, since he worked with them and was last seen in their company. Tijuana's violent weekend resulted in "more than" 30 homicides.
(Again, that figure is already obsolete; see the "Frontera" report" below)
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez ed., Chihuahua) 12/1/08
"37% of the more than 4 thousand 400 Mexicans who were repatriated by the United States authorities through this border area in October opted to stay here and rejected any type of government assistance to return to their places of origin, according to information from the local office of the (Mexico's) Immigration Agency."
"The intention of those who stay here is to look for work even if it's for a couple of hours, get some money and seek another opportunity to reenter the neighboring country."
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 12/1/08
On Sunday afternoon three subjects fired "more than" 100 rounds of AK47 from the sidewalk into the Excelsior restaurant window and killed four persons including an "AFI" agent and the waitress. (Other reports mentioned that the others were also believed to be an AFI undercover agent and an informant). (Sonoyta is right on the border and just across from Lukeville, AZ)
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 12/1/08
The large headline on this paper's front page says it all about Tijuana's local scene: "They decapitate 9; 42 dead in three days". - A copy of that page is attached to this report)
Excelsior (Mexico City) 12/1/08
A police commander was assassinated in front of a gym in Meoqui, Chihuahua on Monday. Four other men were executed in various other places in the state (Other than in the Juarez area).
Milenio (Mexico City) 12/1/08
"The 701 narcoexecutions occurring in November made it the most violent of this administration, leaving far behind the 669 homicides which marked a record last October."
The percentage of executed victims this year has increased 81% compared to last year. Chihuahua has had 255 executions in November; other states with high numbers of violent homicides were Baja California and Sinaloa, with 170 and 91 cases respectively.
The second attachment to this report, with a skull as background, is a graph showing, at the top, L to R, the number of victims during Mexico's current administration, then for the year, then for November.
Below that, by state ("entidad"). On the lower right, by month.
On the lower left (above) : police, females, functionaries and minors.
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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.