jueves, 25 de julio de 2013

Policemen shot, kidnapped, arrested around Mexico

A policeman was shot dead on 23 or 24 July outside his home in Ciudad Juárez in the northern state of Chihuahua, while a district policeman was believed kidnapped at an unspecified time in the district of Camargo also in Chihuahua, Milenio reported on 25 July. Milenio gave few details of the 26-year-old agent's kidnapping, only citing witnesses who reported he was taken by a group driving three cars. Others killed in the state on 23-24 July were a car thief shot by police in the district of Cuauhtémoc, a student apparently killed by car thieves in the state capital Chihuahua on 23 July, and a man whose body was found "in two bin bags" in the locality of General Trías, Milenio reported. In the south-central state of Morelos, six people including a member of an "elite" police agency were detained in the district of Jiutepec, suspected of running an extortion and kidnapping outfit, La Crónica de Hoy reported on 25 July. The gang reportedly used police vehicles to perpetrate their suspected crimes. Five policemen of the north-central state of San Luis Potosí were also ordered detained or were detained at an unspecified date amid investigations into the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy in January 2013, said killed then amid shooting between police and criminals in the district of Ciudad Valles, Proceso reported on 24 July. The review cited the head of the state's security affairs Cándido Ochoa Rojas as saying that the youngster was killed not in an initial shootout reported between police and criminals, but later while hiding in a building. Investigations indicated he was killed by bullets used by the police. His family had asked the United Nations High Comissioner for Human Rights to intervene in the case. In the western state of Jalisco, eight or nine policemen including a local police chief of the district of Zapopán were detained and being investigated for suspected ties to drug traffickers, Proceso reported on 24 July. The review cited the mayor of Zapopán as saying that authorities began to investigate one of the policemen after his "repeated absences" from work for "different ailments."

More policemen killed in attacks in western Mexico

Mexican authorities raised from two to four the number of policemen killed in seven attacks gangs launched on police convoys on 23 July in the western state of Michoacán; the press earlier reported six attacks, which the police repelled, killing 20 assailants. The seventh ambush occurred late on 23 July on the road between Lázaro Cárdenas and Colima in the district of Aquila, though no criminals were immediately reported killed here. In total 30 policemen were injured in all attacks that day, La Crónica de Hoy reported. The daily reported separately that members of the community police of the district of Aquila abandoned after four hours the municipal government offices they occupied on 24 July; it cited the occupation as the first action taken by this particular force, reportedly now including some 200 armed locals, since its formation days before. The mayor of Aquila Juan Hernández Ramírez urged the Mexican government to send more troops to the area, observing however that the community police used no violence when disarming the municipal police and briefly usurping its duties. The governor of Michoacán Jesús Reyna told Milenio television on 24 July that an unspecified number of troops and police were to be sent to the state after recent attacks, while urging the state to act "with greater decision" against crime there, Milenio reported. The neighbouring state of Querétaro was in turn reported to be sending troops and police to "fortify" its border with Michoacán. Prominent parliamentarians reacted with consternation at organised crime's increasingly brazen presence in Michoacán. The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party's coordinator in the Senate Emilio Gamboa Patrón said the attacks were "indefensible... the chaos...shooting at each other for 18 hours. This shows things are not well," La Crónica de Hoy reported on 25 July. The opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party's coordinator in the Senate Miguel Barbosa Huerta said criminals' capacities appeared to "exceed" those of the state, while Jorge Luis Preciado Rodríguez of the conservative National Action Party urged the government to "get tough" in Michoacán.