miércoles, 3 de octubre de 2012

Rioters free inmates from town prison in Chiapas

Authorities in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas said on 2 October that they had caught "at least" 42 of some 80 convicts who fled the municipal jail in Motozintla on 30 September, during rioting against the new mayor. Leftist protesters reacted with fury after an election court ruled that votes cast in elections on 1 July made Oscar René Galindo of the Green Party mayor of Motozintla. They burned cars, the mayor's office and state government premises, and freed 77-80 inmates from the town gaol, CNNMéxico reported on 1 October. Over 30 arrests were made; the chief prosecutor of Chiapas Raciel López Salazar later said protests had calmed and most municipal officials elected in the July general elections took office as scheduled on 1 October, CNN reported on 2 October. The Greens, allied to the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party, ran against the Progressive Coalition of leftist parties in elections for the presidency, Congress, state and municipal offices. Forty one members of the legislature of Chiapas, "most" of its 122 mayors as well as municipal councillors elected in July took office on 1 October; the new governor of Chiapas Manuel Velasco Coello of the Green Party, was to take office on 8 December.

Over 20 killed, found dead around Mexico

Twenty two people were killed or found dead in apparent criminal incidents around Mexico on 2 October, including children aged seven and 11 years, Proceso reported, citing information given by police. These included: four suspected criminals killed by police in a shootout in the northern city of Saltillo, four men gunned down in a spa or public bath in the northern city of Monterrey, and the bodies of three men and an 11-year-old girl found in San Martín de Bolaños in the western state of Jalisco. Several bodies were found in cars in different parts of the country. A seven-year-old girl was shot dead, apparently accidentally, in the western city of Guadalajara, and two women had their throats slit in the Benito Juárez district in Estado de México, outside the capital.