December 25, 2008 M3 Report
A thorough search of all our regular sources revealed only the following two relevant reports, each one describing events at opposite ends of Mexico, and each also sadly representative of the degree of violence which has overtaken our neighbor to the south. Some papers are not publishing because of the Christmas Holidays. There were other, minor, scattered reports of homicides around the country.
El Sol De Mexico (Mexico City) 12/25/08
"State officials announced this Thursday that the cadavers of 10 men, among them a police chief, were found on Christmas Eve in the states of Chihuahua and Guerrero, executed by organized crime."
Chihuahua accounted for eight of the ten victims, while the body of the police chief at Coatlan del Rio, in the state of Morelos, was found by a roadside in Guerrero; he had been forcibly carried off while on his way to work some days ago.
"According to official figures, violence linked to organized crime has caused more than 5,300 deaths in the country so far in 2008."
La Cronica de Hoy & La Jornada (both Mexico City) 12/25/08
The bodies of eight persons were found Tuesday some 15 kilometers from Tapachula, Chiapas, very near the border with Guatemala. Each of the bodies was in "a black plastic bag of the type used to get rid of garbage."
At least some of the victims had been tied, wrapped with tape and tortured, besides having been given a coup de grace shot. Some of them had identification showing them to be Colombian and Guatemalan.
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