lunes, 10 de septiembre de 2012

Colombia detains Mexican cartel's local partner

Colombian police detained in separate raids on 10 September Andrés Vieda Duque, a presumed representative in Colombia of Mexico's Gulf Cartel, and two associates, the website La Información reported, citing official declarations. Vieda was described as the local partner of the Gulf Cartel's acting chief Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sánchez - El Coss - and entrusted with shipping drugs to Mexico. The three suspects were nabbed in Cali and Popayán, and in Madrid, outside Bogotá.

Insults grace Venezuela's election speeches

President Hugo Chávez and his conservative rival Henrique Capriles have not hesitated to use a rough-and-ready discourse laced with almost personal insults ahead of general elections on 7 October, set to prolong or end the regime's socialist and "Bolivarian revolution," Colombia's national radio reported on 10 September. Capriles was quoted as telling an undated rally that he did not want "arse-kissing" workers or "lackeys" but workers who felt "proud to work for Venezuela," in a possible allusion to political clientelism in the state sector. Chávez reportedly responded by calling Capriles a "mediocrity" or "low-life" (majunche) who did not know "who you're dealing with, arse-kisser, a thousand times arse-kisser." Lackey or "arse-kisser" may not do justice to the vulgarity of the Venezuelan term used - jalabolas; Chávez supporters have eagerly taken up majunche for Capriles, shouting it out at rallies. The candidates at some point complemented their plain speaking with sexual inuendos if they were not referring to ups-and-downs in opinion polls: Capriles accused the president of being a "tired horse" who could not "rise," prompting the reply that he was the one who would not "rise again, even if you fit him with a rocket." Chávez told a press conference on 5 September that he was 15 points ahead of Capriles in voting intentions and it was "absolutely impossible" for Capriles to overcome the breach, Univision reported. The broadcaster cited Chávez as saying on another, undated occasion that Capriles was a month away from a "resounding knockout," and urging his conservative opponents to "go look for a stretcher" because "the bourgeois candidate will leave the ring on a stretcher. He won't last a round." The president told a crowd in Charallave in the northern state of Miranda on 9 September that "filthy-rich" Capriles and his allies were "afraid to bring out their real bourgeois programme," Venezuela's state news agency reported. Capriles was "the candidate of the empire" - the United States - and "the candidate of darkness, he is a fraud," Chávez declared.

Mexican political leader abandons leftist coalition

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico's combative leftist politician and runner-up in July's bitterly contested general elections announced on 9 September that he would "amicably" leave the left-wing coalition he led in July and turn the National Regeneration Movement he formed in 2006 into a formal political party, El Universal reported on 10 September. López Obrador told supporters gathered in the capital's historic square the Zócalo that this was no split and he was leaving "in peace." He thanked members of his former party the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) for their work and the trust given him, and observed he had given the PRD "his best" for 23 years. But he said it was "his task in this new stage in my life" to devote "all my imagination and work to the cause of Mexico's transformation." He insisted he would not recognize the court ruling confirming Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party as winner of the elections and Mexico's next president. The Progressive Coalition or Movement that backed López Obrador's presidential candidacy consisted of the PRD, the Labour Party (Partido del Trabajo, PT) and the Citizens Movement (Movimiento Ciudadano, MC). López Obrador formed the Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional (Morena) after the 2006 elections, which he narrowly lost to the conservative Felipe Calderón. He said it would be henceforth the base of his political activities. Attending the gathering were allied politicians including heads of the PT and MC, Alberto Anaya Gutiérrez and Luis Walton Aburto, but not Mexico City's PRD mayor Marcelo Ebrard. The new formation was to hold a national congress on 19-20 November.

Three gangsters detained in western Mexico

Three brothers and presumed members of the drug cartel Jalísco Nueva Generación, one of them its deputy-chief, were arrested by soldiers in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, El Universal reported on 9 September citing a defence ministry communiqué. Ramón A.A., Rafael A.A. and Jesús Santiago A.A. were sought for their role in organizing road blocks and burning cars on 25 August in the city of Guadalajara, around Jalisco and in the neighbouring state of Colima. Ramón was thought to have become the "main collaborator" of the cartel's chief Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes from June 2012.