martes, 18 de septiembre de 2012

Guard killed as peasants invade Honduran estate

A security guard was killed on 18 September when "150 armed men" invaded a private estate in the lower Aguán zone in northern Honduras, the setting of ongoing disputes between peasants and landowners, the daily La Prensa reported. Police were reportedly sent to dislodge them from the Camarones estate, owned by Dinant, a chemicals firm. On 10 September "at least 100 armed men" briefly re-occupied Los Laureles, a palm oil estate also in the Aguán zone, three days after troops had thrown them out. Police arrested 34 people in the course of the second expulsion, La Prensa reported. The conflict in Aguán began in 2009, though the daily observed that Honduras's President Porfírio Lobo Sosa suspected the existence of an unspecified political agenda beyond the dispute over farming land.

Over 130 prisoners escape Mexican jail

One hundred and thirty two "federal" and local convicts broke out of the Piedras Negras prison in Castaños in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila on 17 September, though state authorities insisted none was "highly dangerous," the daily La Crónica de Hoy reported on 18 September. The prisoners reportedly drilled a hole into the prison's carpentry workshop. Guards were being investigated as the breakout occurred in the morning and the list of prisoners was read out as complete in the afternoon. The interior ministry announced it would send troops to help the state of Coahuila find the convicts, Notimex reported on 17 September. Four people were reported killed that evening in the town of Castaños as police heading toward the prison were fired on; the incident was thought related to the breakout though it was not clear who died in the shootout. Police reportedly arrested one of the convicts in Castaños that night.