jueves, 23 de enero de 2014

Authorities to "seal" Mexico City to prevent mafia "arrivals"

Mexico City was being "sealed" according to its authorities, to prevent members of criminal gangs entering the capital as they fled security operations and the presence of peasant militias in the western state of Michoacán, papers reported on 23 January. The capital's mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa said the "Mexico City Shield" operation entailed vehicle checks at road entry points to the capital and increased air vigilance, though he said this was "preventive" and he had no evidence drug cartel operatives had recently entered the city, La Crónica de Hoy reported. Authorities would deploy 1,200 policemen and 100 investigaors for the operation, he said. The Prosecutor-General of Mexico Jesús Murillo Karam was separately reported as saying that authorities were expecting criminals in Michoacán to switch to other activities in response to current security operations, and his office had already consulted with officials of neighbouring states in anticipation, Milenio reported on 22 January.

Honduran Police say murders fell 20 per cent in January 2014

The Honduran National Police chief Ramón Antonio Sabillón Pineda said that crime figures for January 2014 showed a more than 20 per cent fall in violent deaths nationwide, La Prensa reported on 22 January. The newspaper cited him as comparing the 308 violent deaths reported across the country in the period 1-19 January with 397 such deaths in the same days in 2013, which he said constituted a decline of 22.4 per cent. Honduras is one of the world's most violent countries, and two of its main cities, San Pedro Sula and the capital Tegucicalpa were recently cited as first and sixth among the 50 most murderous cities in the world in 2013. Mr Sabillón was separately cited that day as revealing that 748 policemen had been dismissed since the Police force began in 2011 to purge itself of undesirable elements, EFE reported. Of these 171 were described as having failed confidence tests, which included testing for drug use, personality exams and asset checks, the website Proceso Digital reported, citing EFE. In November 2013 Hondurans voted for the conservative Juan Orlando Hernández as their next President, likely in part for his promises to stamp on crime. He warned criminals and Mara gang members earlier in January that "the party's over for you," even as he accused some of the country's Leftist and liberal politicians of colluding with or tolerating criminal elements. The daily La Prensa cited an opinion poll on 22 January indicating most Hondurans as looking forward to positive changes for the election, and showing the President-elect to be the best valued senior politician, for now.