martes, 7 de octubre de 2014

Murders reported around Mexico, bus thieves "beaten to death"

A civil servant and his brother, two thieves lynched by bus passengers and nine individuals found dead in eastern Mexico were among a dozen or more presumed victims of recent killings reported around Mexico. In the eastern state of Tabasco, state officials began a security operation termed carrusel, including more road checks and inspections of nightclubs, in response to at least nine killings recently reported in the state, Proceso reported on 6 October. The state's chief prosecutor, Fernando Valenzuela Pernas, called on media that day not to further confuse and scare people with speculative reports on the killings. The victims included five individuals whose "bullet-ridden and tortured" bodies were found in the districts of Huimanguillo and Centla on 5 October, two young men shot to death in a bar in Villahermosa, and "body bits" found in a park there. In the central district of Ecatepec on 3 October, passengers turned on two suspected thieves who had boarded their bus with knives, and proceeded to disarm and beat them, Milenio reported. The bus stopped, allowing more local residents to come and participate in the lynching, and "dispense their own justice for more than 30 minutes," Milenio observed. The thieves were rescued by riot police, but died in hospital. In the north-western state of Sonora, gunmen shot dead an employee of the state's justice department and his brother. The killers were said to have arrived in several cars and shot the two, apparently as they refuelled their car at a petrol station in Hermosillo, Milenio reported on 7 October. Four men were separately shot or found dead in the state of Morelos on 3-4 October, and a mother and daughter, both schoolteachers, shot while driving in Acapulco early on 5 October, Proceso reported.

Mexican authorities react after gang and police murder students

Mexican authorities found 28 charred bodies in early October buried in ditches in Iguala, Guerrero, some or all of which were suspected to be of secondary schoolchildren murdered by local police and one of the drug cartels. The students from the rural district of Ayotzinapa were believed to have been killed on 26 and 27 September after a protest or disorderly fund-raising gathering in Iguala that was brutally suppressed by policemen suspected as working for local crime. In total 43 students were missing after the incidents, according to the broadcaster Univisión. In a country used to violence and gruesome news, the incident has provoked nationwide public disgust over criminal impunity and official corruption, particularly of the municipal police - perhaps one of the country's most despised institutions. President Enrique Peña Nieto promised there would be no impunity in this case. The chief prosecutor of Guerrero, Iñaky Blanco Cabrera was cited as saying on 5 October that 29 individuals including members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel and 22 municipal policemen, were detained for now. He said investigations indicated that the police chief of Iguala, Francisco Valladares Salgado, had coordinated the handover of 17 or more of the students held by police to the Guerreros cartel, which later shot them with police help, Proceso reported. Identifying the 28 body remains would take between two weeks and two months, he stated. Federal authorities and the Gendarmerie had meanwhile taken power in Iguala. Police were seeking another suspected accomplice, the mayor of Iguala José Luis Abarca Velázquez, who was missing. He was increasingly being cited in the media as a suspected longstanding accomplice of local crime. Leaders of Mr Abarca's party, the socialist Democratic Revolution Party, voted unanimously to expel him before his possible arrest and interrogation over the killings.