sábado, 8 de febrero de 2014

Over 35 suspects held in Mexico, over 30 people shot, found dead

Mexican forces arrested over 35 suspected criminals, while more than 30 were shot or found dead in different states of Mexico through 5-7 February. Thirteen suspects were detained in districts of the state of Michoacán on 6 February, including seven caught with assault weapons and drugs while moving in two cars in the district of Coahuayana, La Crónica de Hoy reported on 7 February. On 6 February, state forces arrested 19 suspected members of the Caballeros Templarios cartel suspected to have burned down five Oxxo convenience stores in two states on 19 January, and thought to be planning similar acts in Michoacán. They were detained in Michoacán and in Estado de México, where police also freed a person the detained had presumably kidnapped, Proceso reported on 7 February. The review also reported the arrests of three "suspected drug traffickers" in the Caribbean resort of Cancún, early on 7 February. It reported separately the arrests on 6 February of  five gunmen in the north-eastern city of Reynosa after a shootout with soldiers in which two gunmen were killed. The two were among 12 it reported as killed or found dead nationwide on 6 February. These included six individuals whose heads were left around the district of Reyes in Michoacán, four of them next to a church. In separate incidents: authorities found on 5 or 6 February three bodies buried by a road between Taxco and Amacuzac, and "no less than 20 bodies" described as mostly decomposed, in a burial area in the locality of Tingüindín in MichoacánProceso reported on 5 February.

NGO lists Mexico's most violent districts

The Mexican NGO Citizens Council for Public Security and Penal Justice, which monitors crime in the country, listed on 4 February the most crime-ridden of Mexico's larger districts in 2013, putting Oaxaca in south-central Mexico as the district with the highest rates of violence, considering a range of crimes including murders, extortion, kidnapping, etc... The list compiled from districts with more than 100,000 inhabitants, was expressed as an index. Oaxaca had a "violence index" of 106.63, followed by the west-coast resort of Acapulco with 80.35, and Cuernavaca in Morelos with 65.3. In the case of Oaxaca, the NGO attributed the singular levels of violence to "the climate of disorder and aggression" created by the local branch of the national teachers' union, the SNTE, which it said "seems more like a criminal than a trade union group," but also the impunity that is endemic throughout the country. It stated that the 20 districts with the highest levels of violence also had very low rates of criminal prosecution and punishment. It cited examples: while on average 15.9 per cent of murderers were caught and punished in Mexico, in these district the average rate was 7.27 per cent. Or while on average 6.26 per cent of criminal injuries were duly punished nationwide, in these districts the punishment rate was 2.31 per cent. The Council separately found the district with most reported murders in 2013 to be Acapulco, with a rate of 112.81 murders per 100,000 inhabitants; that also made Acapulco the city with the world's third highest murder rate. It was followed by El Fuerte in Sinaloa with a murder rate of 77.61/100,000, and San Pedro in Coahuila with 77.48. Victoria in Tamaulipas had the highest kidnapping rate in the country, 23.28/100,000, 15 times the national average. The Council also found Cuernavaca, Oaxaca and the Delegación Cuauhtémoc sector of the capital, to be the districts with the most violent thefts. Most offices, embassies, restaurants and tourism activity are in Cuauhtemoc. The Council explained its methodology and gave details of its findings in an extended reported posted on its website.